Archaeological Technician Great Basin Institute / Lake Mead NRA

Sophia King

Archaeological Technician Great Basin Institute / Lake Mead NRA


Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire an Archaeological Technician to join our Research Associate program. The Technician will assist NPS cultural staff with archaeological field work, museum work, lab analysis, data processing and reporting throughout the Park. Field work includes surveying for cultural resources, recording and documenting cultural resources, and testing and excavation of archaeological sites. Museum work will include accessioning and cataloging of museum objects and archives, maintaining museum records, and other miscellaneous tasks associated with the museum collections. Lab analysis and data processing duties include analysis and cataloging of artifacts, updating of databases, and filling out site forms in support of SHPO and NHPA reporting requirements. 

Museum and lab work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required, as well as lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more. Completing archaeological surveys in the southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrains and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat. Overnight camping for several days at a time in remote areas is possible.


  • Rate of Pay: $16.00 per hour

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance, completely paid for at no cost to you

  • Paid leave accumulation and holidays

  • $20 field per diem while camping


  • 6 month appointment beginning August 2020, or upon availability and completion of a Department of Interior background investigation

  • Full time; 40 hours per week 


This Research Associate position will be based out of Boulder City, Nevada where the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters is located. It is a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, in the transition of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. It hosts 7.5 million visitors per year.



  • Educational and field experiences related to archaeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies;

  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, camp in the backcountry for consecutive days, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition;

  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public;

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs, specifically Access and Excel;

  • Posses a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of historic and/or prehistoric history and artifacts of the Mojave desert regions of the southwest;

  • Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass;

  • Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection;

  • Experience using ArcGIS;

  • Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads;

  • Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; and

  • Experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates. 

How to Apply:

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