Great Basin Institute - Archaeology Crew Lead - Stanislaus National Forest

Carrie Pritchard

Archaeology Crew Lead

Great Basin Institute / Stanislaus National Forest (California)



The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Stanislaus National Forest, is recruiting two Archaeology Crew Leads 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 Stanislaus 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. Opportunities to assist in other cultural resource management projects may also be available including on all districts within the Stanislaus National Forest.


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.



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



o   May/June – October/November 2020 (6-month appointment)

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



The Stanislaus National Forest encompasses nearly 900,000 acres on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Elevation ranges from 1,500 to 11,000 feet. Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, recreation opportunities abound within and around the Forest. The San Francisco Bay area is located 3 hours to the west. The position will be based out of the Mi-Wok Ranger District (northeast of Sonora, CA and southwest of Pinecrest, CA).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology or related discipline, and one year (minimum) of relevant experience; those with experience leading a crew in the field and an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
  • Experience in performing fieldwork in remote settings while maintaining safety and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data;
  • Experience in standard field methods for archaeological surveys, assessment and characterization of cultural resources, and associated reporting;
  • Familiarity with NHPA and SHPO compliance;
  • Familiarity with and interest in cultural resource management issues of western states and the cultural history of the Sierra Nevada region is preferred;
  • Familiarity with Sierra Nevada forested habitat types, especially east slope preferred;
  • Proficiency in navigating off-trail using GPS and/or topographic map and compass.  Experience with ArcPad on Trimble is preferred;

·        Experience in data management and quality control, including the use of specialized software such as MS Access, ArcMap GIS, and Google Earth;

·        Willingness and ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions;

·        Experience in field leadership, including awareness and enactment of best practices for field safety, ensuring fidelity to methods, and supporting quality of outcomes;

·        Willingness and ability to occasionally camp for consecutive nights in remote, primitive sites;

·        Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule or location in response to project needs,;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;

·        Driver’s license and clean driving record;

·        Experience in the safe operation of 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads;

·        Willingness and ability to consistently enact high-performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFS


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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)