The Great Basin Institute, a Reno-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is hiring a Cultural Resource Specialist/Crew Lead to facilitate cultural resource survey, site recordation, and National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessments in support of proposed vegetation management and reforestation projects occurring within Tahoe National Forest managed lands. The incumbent will focus on providing input/report of findings and site assessments to projects. It is anticipated that the incumbent will be able to draw upon the following in order in to accomplish project objectives:

  • Knowledge of cultural resource management, including laws and National Register of Historic Places Criteria (NRHP) criteria;
  • Ability to implement survey model and maintain productivity
    • Working with topographic maps, compass, etc.
    • GIS/GPS use and implementation
    • Large scale cultural resource survey experience
    • Cultural resource site recording, in field and site records
    • Artifact identification and age/use interpretation
  • Ability to write reports summarizing potential effects to eligible cultural resources based on current condition and proposed actions;
  • Work with current LIDAR, aerial photos, GIS, archival documents (historic maps and literature) to develop predictability model and historic context; and
  • Critically review data collection needs for cultural resource assessments.


Compensation and Timeline:

  • Rate of Pay: $25.00/hour
  • Timeline: 16-week appointment, beginning June 2015 or upon availability
  • Full-time, up to 40 hours per week



The TNF is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The Truckee Ranger District (located in Truckee, CA) is approximately 30 miles west of Reno, NV and 15 miles from Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. Sierraville Ranger District is in Sierraville, 25 miles north of Truckee on Highway 89



  • Educational experience with a degree focused on archeology, anthropology, or indigenous peoples studies; applicants with advanced degrees encouraged to apply;
  • Crew supervision and experience training archaeology technicians;


  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in remote locations;
  • Ability to navigate with GPS unit/map and compass;
  • Physically capable of walking and working in rough, uneven terrain, and walking in remote locations with heavy vegetative cover;
  • Experienced in surveying for a wide variety of cultural resource sites;
  • Experienced in collecting and managing field data;
  • Ability to utilize computer programs such as Microsoft word, Excel spreadsheets and GIS;
  • Ability to input field data into computer programs and produce graphs/data tables to be utilized for reports;
  • Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines; Ability to write reports summarizing potential effects to the resource based on current condition and proposed actions;
  • Ability to effectively communicate to a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the pubic, and agency personnel;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate and graphically display data;
  • Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
  • Ability to walk a minimum of 12km/day in challenging terrain and harsh conditions, including stream channels, and otherwise be in good physical condition; and
  • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required.


How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, résumé, and list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at Please include where you found the position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries, please.


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