Archaeologist at Zion National Park - Great Basin Institute

Sophia King

Archaeologist at Zion National Park

Working with the NPS Zion NP, GBI is recruiting one (1) Archaeologist to lead various park projects under the supervision of the Zion Cultural Resource 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). The primary project is conducting Section 110 survey and reassessment of archaeological sites for Fuels Reduction project along the Kolob Terrace Road in Zion National Park. Additional projects may include:  contributions to the preparation of compliance documents (Assessment of Effects Forms for Section 106 and Section 110), and prepare archeological resource protection strategies and treatment plans specifically related to potential impacts from identified management needs and proposed management actions.  

The position is primarily office-based work. The work will include data management, preparation reports and management documents, and quality of control of products produced by other employees and/or contractors. Data management involving use of three databases to enter and organize archaeology records, all maps and illustrations will be digitized using graphic programs (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator), photographs will be labeled, uploaded, and annotated, spatial data will be processed and added to the master archaeology geodatabase, and preparing project records for Museum Archives. Reports and management documents will include environmental reviews of park undertakings, as well as other products such as:  consultation letters, project reports, monitoring reports, finding aids, and scope of works. Additionally, this position will supervise other staff and contractors conducting archeological field work and data entry. This position will provide the training necessary for these individuals, moreover, this position will perform quality control on the efforts and products produced by these individuals.  

Field work duties will include the responsibilities of training crew member field techniques and methods, supervising and conducting data entry and digital records management, and will entail:  navigating with topographic maps, completing site forms, taking scale photographs, making scale illustrations, conducting condition assessments and fuels assessments, collecting spatial data, producing artifact illustrations, identifying artifacts, and making determinations of eligibility. Additional field work may include treatment activities and supplementary documentation, such as:  drainage re-routing, barrier installation, social trail eradication, installation of signs, minor stabilization, backfilling, and/or data recovery. Approximately 30% of time will be spent in the field during the course of this position. Temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 90-100? F and monsoons occur during July-September. Occasional camping will be required.
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.

Zion National Park is a unique geological, natural, and cultural treasure in southwestern Utah. Opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, and camping abound. Humans have occupied this area for approximately 10,000 years and archaeological sites occur throughout the park. Work will be based out of park offices in Springdale, UT.  

  • Rate of Pay: $23.00/hour
  • Field per diem when overnight camping is required
  • Paid health, vision and dental benefits
  • Weekly housing stipend, park housing not provided
  • Paid leave and holidays  
  • Annual appointment beginning March 2021
  • 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;
  • Familiarity with cultural resource management on public lands;
  • An understanding of basic principles and approaches related to performing archaeological site condition assessments and site recordation, 
  • Knowledge of archaeology of the Colorado Plateau is preferred;
  • 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;
  • Exposure to using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps;
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator;
  • Experience working with Microsoft computer programs; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • 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; 
  • Willingness and ability to camp for consecutive days, as needed, in backcountry settings; and
  • 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.
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