Support Great Basin Institute in Serving Public Lands in the West

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Program Overview

GBI’s Cultural Resources (CR) Program provides opportunities for Cultural Resource Management (CRM) specialists to collaborate with agency resource professionals to implement a wide array of heritage projects. Our agency partnerships assist in the protection and sharing of culture resources on public lands, ensuring future generations can understand the human stories present on the landscapes of our national forest and parks. Our work supports Section 106 – 110 field survey, NEPA planning, research and analysis, artifact and data management, and stewardship activities of cultural resources in the western US.  While fostering collaboration between universities and agencies, and by enlisting the support of scientists, educators, field technicians, and students, GBI engages key stakeholders and tribal communities in cultural research, planning, and historic preservation stewardship.



 GBI supports the identification, evaluation, and documentation of cultural resources. The institute also strengthens partner capacity to effectively carry out such research activities by promoting collaboration among cooperating agencies, universities, NGOs, and the public. By aiding resource management agencies in their efforts to identify, manage, and preserve key resource types, including archeological resources, cultural landscapes, structures, and museum objects, GBI advances science-based understanding of important resources of cultural significance.



The Institute promotes culture resource management practices that empower agencies,  institutions, and tribal communities to accomplish shared, mission-driven objectives. GBI supports agency planning processes by bringing analysis, public involvement, and accountability into the decision-making process for heritage resource manangement. GBI resource specialists offer administrative and logistical support that furthers the involvement of interdisciplinary teams for landscape level projects that require consensus and trust. In doing so, the institute provides assistance in the planning process that helps define resource conditions and supports management actions. This work involves the  review of archeological and ethnographic resources, cultural landscapes, historic and prehistoric structures, and museum objects. By collaborating with agency management, GBI helps ensure compliance with national federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act (e.g. §106 and §110), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and National Environmental Policy Act, among others.   



GBI aids agency partners in supporting the public outreach by offering assistance with cultural resoure interpretation and managment of areas of tradtional importance for national parks and forests. Through the Conservation Corps, the Institute lends support for historic site preservation and maintenance, while supporting condition assessments and evaluation of historic resources. By utilizing both our restoration teams and trained archaeologists, our program promotes best practices among agencies, local communities, and stakeholder groups in a manner sensitive to traditional cultures and local/regional priorities. Our efforts also support tribal involvement by engaging young professionals from ancestral lands in cultural monitoring and shared stewardship collaborations.



The Cultural Resource Program provides a wide range of opportunities for recent college graduates, graduate students, and experienced professionals to begin or enhance their career in cultural resource management and related fields.  Training programs provide hands-on experience and technical assistance for complaint Section 106 & 110 survey, archival research, intepretation, NEPA project and deliverables. Employment opportunities include crew-based deployment for the implementation of survey, as well as offering on site positions within heritage programs at national parks and forests.



The Great Basin Institute has cooperative agreements in place with all major federal and state resource management agencies, including a Master Cooperative Agreement for Cultural Resources with the National Park Service (P19AC00695) and with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (F18AC00720).  Regional Master Agreements with the  USDA Forest Service Region 4 and Region 5, as well as a national Master Cooperative Agreement with Bureau of Reclamation (R16AC00059) provide Direct Hire Authority for permanent agency positions. These agreements allow agencies and nonprofits to partner with GBI to support priority cultural resource management initiatives.

Nevada Conservation Corps members positioning rocks on a dirt trail
A Cultural Resources Program member excavates a small dirt area with a shovel


Great Basin Institute assists agency partners in meeting mission critical activities that help to protect, preserve, and, in some cases, uncover culturally significant resources. GBI’s CRM services include, but are not limited to, the following support activities:

  • Archeological Identification/Evaluation Studies (e.g. §106 and §110 surveys)
  • Archival Records Management Plans, Cataloguing, Preservation, and Development of Finding Aids
  • Cultural Landscapes Inventory
  • Cultural Resources Geographical Information System (CRGIS) Studies
  • Cultural Resources Management Bibliography
  • Ethno-history and Ethnography
  • Exhibit and Wayside Plan and Design
  • List of Classified Structures
  • National Catalog of Museum Objects
  • National Heritage Area Plans and Evaluations
  • National Historic Landmark Documentation and Theme Studies
  • National Register of Historic Places Documentation and Bulletins
  • Park and Program Administrative History
  • Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans
  • Tribal consultation and liaison services


Establishing a partnership with the Great Basin Institute is a straightforward process involving cooperation between three major parties: an agency grant/contracting officer, a GBI grant/contract representative, and the project manager.


To initiate an agreement, please contact Chris Warner at 775-343-5239 for assistance with developing a project cost estimate and timeline for key milestones.


Once a cost estimate is articulated and a funding source is identified, the scope of work and cost estimate details are either advanced through GrantSolutions or forwarded to your agency grant/contracting officer to establish an agreement. Finally, a fully executed copy of the agreement is provided to both parties to be kept on file. The timing of this process varies by agency and can typically be completed within a few months.