Archaeology Crew Lead – Eldorado National Forest - Needed ASAP

Carrie Pritchard

Archaeology Crew Lead

Great Basin Institute / Eldorado National Forest - Amador Ranger District



The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Eldorado National Forest, is recruiting an Archaeology Crew Lead to support surveys of cultural resources on the forest. The Archaeology Crew Lead will be responsible for coordinating with USFS staff and GBI personnel to conduct Section 106 surveys and to document, assess and characterize the status of new and existing cultural resources, prepare State of California site records, create GIS maps, input data into the Forest Service heritage database, and assist in associated reporting. Field data, collected in accordance with USFS protocols, will be used as a basis for recommending management actions. Each Archaeology Crew Lead, will oversee a two-person crew and will support field safety, communication, planning, logistics, quality assurance, field implementation, and reporting.


Vegetation management projects, including fuels reduction, requiring Section 106 compliance will be the priority on the for Eldorado National Forest. Common resources found in the area include logging and railroad camps with associated artifacts and landscape features and pre-contact sites ranging in age and function. 


The work is physically demanding and involves hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (6,000-9000 ft.) on a daily basis, commonly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow or rain or high wind events.   The candidate will need to bring their own gear for such conditions.  The position will require working in remote locations on National Forest land.



Work will take place on the Eldorado National Forest (NF), Amador Ranger District, near Pioneer, CA (60 miles east of Sacramento). Located in the central Sierra Nevada, the Eldorado NF is bordered on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, and by the Tahoe and Stanislaus NFs to the north and south, respectively. Recreational and sight-seeing opportunities abound in the vicinity. 



  • $20.00/hour
  • Full health, dental, vision insurance coverage is provided.
  • Paid holidays in accordance with the federal schedule.
  • Housing is provided.                                                                                                                                                               


o   July – October/November 2020. Timeline dependent on COVID reponse and project needs. 

o   Full time, 40 hours per week, generally Monday-Thursday


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology or related discipline (including relevant field methods training coursework and/or an accredited archaeological field school);
  • Two years of fieldwork experience including archaeological survey, site recording, monitoring, GPS data collection, and associated reporting, previous field leadership experience is a plus;
  • Ability to recognize and record prehistoric and historic artifacts, features, and architecture;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
  • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes occasionally overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights. 

  • At least one year of field leadership experience and at least six months of field leadership experience in California, the Sierras, and/or the Great Basin;
  • Familiarity with Section 106/110 NHPA and California and/or Nevada SHPO compliance procedures;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management issues in the Western United States;
  • Familiarity with cultural history and forested habitat of the Sierra Nevada region;
  • Proficiency in navigating using a GPS, topographic map and compass;
  • Ability to exercise quality control in data collection and management;
  • Advanced skill using specialized software such as Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth.

How to Apply:

Please follow the link to apply directly through our online portal:  

Carrie Pritchard, MA, RPA
Cultural Resource Program Manager
Great Basin Institute
16750 Mt. Rose Highway
Reno, NV 89511-8774
(760) 709 2477 (Cell/Remote work #) 

Carrie Pritchard, MA, RPA
Cultural Resource Program Manager
Great Basin Institute
16750 Mt. Rose Highway
Reno, NV 89511-8774
775-674-5490 (Office)