Archaeologist | Great Basin Institute & Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) National Park Service

Sophia King

Archaeologist - Great Basin Institute & Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) National Park Service

Job Description: 

Working with the NPS Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK), GBI is recruiting one (1)  Archaeologist to conduct various park projects under the supervision of the TUSK Integrated Resources  Program Manager. These projects are related to archeological duties in compliance with the National  Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  

Primary field work will include archeological site condition assessments, recording and documenting  archeological sites, and pedestrian surveys. The Archaeologist will be utilizing GPS units and digital  photography for documenting field sites. Office work will consist of typing and updating site forms,  writing cultural resource reports, updating databases, organizing legacy data, and other contributions to  the preparation of compliance documents (Assessment of Effects Forms for Section 106 and Section  110), and preparation of archeological resource protection strategies and treatment plans specifically  related to potential impacts from identified management needs and proposed management actions.  The Archaeologist may assist with museum work, lab analysis, historical research, and public outreach  events and activities as needed. Projects will often be conducted in coordination with other natural  resource staff. Additionally, the archaeologist will be supervising, training, and working closely with  volunteers. 

Prolonged standing, walking, and bending will be required, as well as lifting and moving of heavy items  weighing 50 pounds or more. Completing archaeological work in the southwest requires the physical  endurance to walk over a variety of terrain and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme  heat. Approximately 40% of time will be spent in the field during the course of this position.  Temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 90-110° F and monsoons occur during July-September. 

The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research,  education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides  multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while  presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation  resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. The  Archaeologist will gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing cultural resources on public  lands and enhance their experience in standard techniques for archaeological field documentation, management of associated data, and reporting. 


Las Vegas/Boulder City, NV 

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is located north of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Monument was founded in December 2014 to protect and preserve Pleistocene era fossils within  the Upper Las Vegas Wash. The Monument is located near the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) and Ice Age Fossils State Park (State of Nevada). Monument offices are located in Boulder City, NV  based out of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters. 

At this location in 1933, quarry workers unearthed a pile of fossilized bones from a mammoth. This  discovery led to an expedition led by paleontologist Fenley Hunter of the American Museum of Natural  History. Scientists continued to research the area for decades, hoping to find evidence of early contact  between early humans and extinct late ice age animals. In 1962, scientists from the Nevada State  Museum conducted the Tule Springs Expedition, excavating trenches up to a mile long. During this  excavation, scientists discovered an abundance of large animal fossils, such as mammoths, camels,  bison, ground sloths, and the Giant North American lion. It was at this site where scientists first applied  the technique of radiocarbon dating in the U.S. on a wide-spread scale. 

For more information visit:  

  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) ( 

Many opportunities for recreational activities are located in the area including sites such as:  

  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge (hiking, camping, and backcountry driving) 
Desert National Wildlife Range - Desert - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( 
  • Ice Age Fossils State Park (hiking and future visitor center) 
Ice Age Fossils State Park | State Parks ( 
  • Mt. Charleston (hiking, camping, and skiing) 
Go Mt. Charleston | Spring Mountains National Recreation Area | Las Vegas, NV 

Compensation & Timeline:  

o Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour 

o 24 weeks (e.g. April – Sept) 

o Paid health, vision and dental benefits 

o Paid leave and holidays 

o   Full-time, 40 hours per week


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or similar  discipline;  
  • Relevant field experience in archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management, or similar  discipline; 
  • An understanding of basic principles and approaches related to performing archaeological site  condition assessments and site recordation; 
  • Experience with standard field techniques to survey and assess cultural resources;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read a topographic map;
  • Experience with data processing using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint);
  • Experience using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps,  in addition to editing geodatabases; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; o Capacity to work independently and within a team environment; 
  • Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple  tasks simultaneously; 
  • Physically fit to work long hours outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the  climatic rigors of the desert;  
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle  on unimproved roads. 

The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or  submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already  been completed prior to beginning this position. 

How to apply:

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The Great Basin Institute advances environmental research, education, and service throughout the west. The institute promotes applied research and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships to support national parks, forests, open spaces and public lands.