Support Great Basin Institute in Serving Public Lands in the West

Rocks with petroglyphs at Lagomarsino Petroglyph Site
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Program Overview

GBI’s Cultural Resource (CR) Program provides opportunities for aspiring and experienced shovelbums, as well as seasoned Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Specialists to join GBI and collaborate with agency resource professionals to implement a wide array of projects. Support includes field survey, technical assistance and planning, research and analysis, artifact and data management, and many more stewardship activities that support the conservation and management of cultural resources in the West…and beyond!


The CR Program presents students (undergraduate and graduate), recent graduates and emerging professionals, as well as experienced professionals with opportunities that will simultaneously enhance their career and aid in the management, conservation, and stewardship of historic and prehistoric resources. Additionally, GBI fosters a collaborative association between university academics and resource management agencies at the federal, state, and local level. Further, the regulatory directives pursuant to cultural resource protection are consistent with GBI’s purpose and goals for advancing applied science on public lands. By enlisting the support of scientists, educators, field technicians, and students, GBI provides essential support services to meet these key agency mandates. Thus, the CR Program at GBI seeks collaboration that engages in research, planning, and stewardship actions.



Central to GBI’s mission is science advocacy. As such, GBI supports the identification, evaluation, and documentation of cultural resources. The institute also strengthens our partners’ capacity to effectively carry out such research activities by promoting collaboration among cooperating agencies, universities, NGOs, and the public. By aiding resource management agencies to identify, manage, and preserve key resource types, including archeological resources, cultural landscapes, structures, and museum objects GBI is able to fulfill its mission of advancing science-based understanding of important resources of cultural significance.



The Institute promotes culture resource management practices that empower agencies, educators, institutions, and communities to accomplish shared, mission-driven objectives. GBI’s CR Program supports agency planning processes by bringing analysis, public involvement, and accountability into the decision-making process. GBI resource specialists offer administrative and logistical support that furthers the involvement of interdisciplinary teams. In doing so, the institute provides assistance in the planning process that helps define resource conditions, enhances visitor experiences, and supports management actions. Moreover, this process involves 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 visitor experience by offering assistance with interpretation and providing critical support during peak visitation. Through the Conservation Corps, the Institute lends support for historic site preservation and maintenance, while supporting appropriate documentation for all historic resources. By utilizing both our restoration teams and individual placements, partners are able to expand capacity to perform critical stewardship functions to best protect cultural resources. GBI’s goal to engage young professionals, especially those from underrepresented populations, can be met through such stewardship collaborations.



The Cultural Resource Program provides opportunities for recent college graduates, graduate students, or experienced professionals looking to begin or enhance a career in cultural resource management and related fields. Through close partnerships with regional land management agencies, program participants are offered a wide variety of hands-on experience and technical training. Each project is developed with the public’s benefit in mind, as well as meeting agency objectives to manage and protect public lands and resources. Those seeking an intellectually rigorous season (or year!) will not be disappointed and will find themselves making a difference!



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), national agreement to promote careers in conservation 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) to provide Direct Hire Authority Interns. GBI has been highly successful developing competitive proposals to partner with the Bureau of Land Management and the State of Nevada’s Divisions of Forestry, Wildlife, Parks, and Lands. These agreements allow agencies and nonprofits to partner with GBI to support natural, cultural, and recreational 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


Through the hiring and placement of highly qualified individuals, the Great Basin Institute assists agency partners in meeting mission critical activities that help to protect, preserve, and, in some cases, uncover culturally significant resources. We offer students, graduates, and experienced professionals opportunities to combine their education and practical experience to implement real-world cultural resource management projects. GBI’s Cultural Resource Program services include, but may not be limited, to the following:

  • 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.