Archaeologist

 

Bishop, CABishop, CA
Palm Springs, CAPalm Springs, CA
Craig, COCraig, CO
Lander, WYLander, WY
Roswell, NMRoswell, NM
Lorton, VALorton, VA
Susanville, CASusanville, CA

Bishop Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Archaeology and/or Anthropology

Position Description: This Bishop Field Office DHA intern position will be the project coordinator and primary point of contact for the 2018 Tribal Youth Archaeological Field School, which is scheduled to begin in mid-June 2018. The intern will be responsible for the coordination, organization, logistics, and leadership of training for the Tribal Youth Field School. The intern will serve as liaison between the Bishop Field Office and the participating tribal entities. While the bulk of responsibilities will focus on organization and logistics, the intern will also serve as the primary source of archaeological expertise and mentoring for the field school participants. The field school will feature archaeological experts from several different but related fields, whom will serve as instructors for specific modules of the course. The DHA intern will provide the continuity between the varied instructors in the course of their daily activities.

The DHA Intern will serve as the primary point of contact for the 2018 Tribal Youth Archaeological Field School. Extensive interaction with many different internal and external stakeholders is expected. These entities include the local tribal governments, BLM field office specialists, academic and commercial archaeologists, BLM permittees, and members of the Bishop Field Office public site stewardship program.

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South Coast Palm Springs Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Archaeology

Position Description: The large solar projects currently in development in the Colorado Desert are of top priority for the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office this year. This internship project will support the agency’s responsibilities under Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act concerning these projects. This will include compiling and organizing archaeological site and isolate GPS data from the Palen Solar, Crimson Solar, Desert Quartzite Solar, and 10 West Transmission-line projects into the BLM’s GIS database. It will also include reviewing and commenting on the draft Long Term Monitoring Plans produced by the archaeological consulting firms contracted for each project (Applied Earth Works, Inc., AECOM, SRI, et.al.). Project site visits will be necessary to appropriately characterize the sites located within the project footprints and within their buffer zones, and for indirect effects to nearby archaeological resources. Finally, this internship will begin to monitor sites within and adjacent to the already constructed Genesis Solar, Blythe Solar, and McCoy Solar projects, as mitigation for any adverse effects that resulted from construction.

This project will produce organized GIS data for all of the archaeological, historical, and cultural sites and isolates identified during the surveys for each of these solar projects. Review the Long Term Monitoring Plan so a final copy can be delivered to the BLM in a timely manner. Monitor sites that were affected by the Genesis, Blythe, and McCoy solar projects and fill out monitoring forms to be kept on record.

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Little Snake Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees/ Experience: Archeology or other Anthropology related degree. Also, possess the education and work experience essential to conduct field surveys and write reports in accordance with BLM and SHPO guidelines.

Position Description: Develop an archaeological monitoring and survey program for the Open Area of the South Sand Wash Basin Special Recreation Management Area and begin implementation. The Open Area is considered an undertaking under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and has the potential to adversely affect historic properties. As such, the DHA Intern will assist BLM in submitting a report on cultural resource findings in the Open Area to the Colorado State Historical Preservation Office.

The goal of this project is to make progress in meeting commitments made in the Programmatic Agreement among the Bureau of Land Management – Little Snake Field Office, The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and The Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer Regarding Implementation of the Sand Wash Basin Special Recreation Management Area Travel Management Plan. This Programmatic Agreement (PA) included the commitment to conduct a Class III survey of approximately 10,000 acres within the Sand Wash Basin Open Area. The intern, working with the LSFO staff archaeologist would assist in creating a plan to prioritize the areas needing cultural survey and develop a plan for getting the on-the-ground work completed over a several year period. The intern would then assist in completing on-the-ground Class III survey of up to 1200 to 1500 acres of BLM managed lands within the Sand Wash Open Area.

The intern would be expected to attend Monday morning archaeology staff meetings in which the weeks’ work would be scheduled and expectations given. The intern would also be expected to attend monthly All Employee Meetings. It is anticipated that once field work starts, in week 6, camping near the survey area in order to make the most use of daylight hours and to reduce the need to drive two hours each way will be the most practical method of getting the work done. The tour of duty once field work commences would be 4 10 hour days.

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Lander Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Archaeology, Anthropology

Position Description: We have several range improvements in support of grazing permit renewal EAs within sage-grouse core habitat that require internal Class II and Class III Cultural Surveys. To do this level of work in one summer will require additional field support. A DHA intern would be able to assist in conducting formal archaeological investigations for these projects and draft the write-up for BLM approval to send to the State Historical Preservation Officer. The intern would need to process field specimens and artifacts for curation at the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository (UWAR). Prepare feature samples, charcoal, and biological samples for scientific analysis with a private company of the BLM’s choosing. The intern would also organize reports and site forms stored in the BLM-LFO.

The project coordinator will be working directly with the intern on an almost daily basis. The field reconnaissance will be mostly done together to facilitate completing the work more quickly and to be available to teach the intern best practices while answering questions the intern may have. Depending on the intern, there may be a point where they will divide the work, but that is less likely.

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Roswell Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Anthropology, Museum Studies, Library Science

Position Description: The Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office archaeology program would welcome an archaeology intern student for the summer of 2017. The successful candidate should have an interest in New Mexico cultural heritage resources and prehistoric southwestern and/or plains archaeology. This individual should have good work ethics, have good time management skills, be able to problem solve relating to the BLM mission, be able to work independently and unsupervised for portions of their internship, and have good communication skills with other BLM specialists.

The archaeology intern student will receive an overview of an RFO archaeologist duties. This will include reading current cultural resource regulations, agreements, policies, manuals, and handbooks; participating and assisting with archaeological survey, report writing, site eligibility statements, determinations of effect, and State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) consultation for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); archaeology Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database and records management; entering archaeological information into the New Mexico Cultural Resources Information Systems (NMCRIS); and reviews for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.

The archaeology intern will also be assigned a project to be completed upon conclusion of the internship. This project will involve interpreting and researching the organization of RFO archaeology records. Overtime and changing staff, RFO archaeology records have varying naming conventions, organizational methods, and tracking processes. This creates a challenge to new and incoming RFO archaeologists. By the end of the internship, the intern will have filed/organized loose documents and produced a report that summarizes the history of archaeology records management in the RFO. The report will cover topics that include identification of document types, naming conventions, timeframes for differing naming conventions, organization and document locations, tracking processes, and recommendations for improved archaeological records management.

The intern will interact with other RFO departments such as Range, Wildlife, Cave/Karst, Recreation, GIS, Surface Protection, and Realty. Weekly NEPA meetings and internal interdisciplinary team meetings are possible to familiarize the intern with agency processes.

All interns would need to have a current/valid driver’s license, and be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on unmaintained roads in remote areas. They will need to be comfortable working independently, in work environments of extreme heat, under varying weather conditions.

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Lower Potomac Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Anthropology

Position Description:  Archaeology Technician

Section 110 of the National Historic Properties Act requires that federal land management agencies monitor potentially eligible historic properties on a regular basis. The Lower Potomac Field Station includes Meadowood SRMA as well Doulas Point and Maryland Point in Maryland. These three properties contain no fewer than 130 sites. Over the 11 weeks of the internship an intern could visit each site, photograph them and document them with a condition Report.

PC will be based in Milwaukee and will meet with the intern at the beginning of the field season and at the end. If circumstances call for other meetings the PC will make arrangements.

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Eagle Lake Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Masters in Anthropology or Archaeology

Position Description: The Intern will be tasked with a two phase project: (1) an archaeological excavation of a prehistoric spring site; and (2) pedestrian survey within the Smoke Creek Petroglyph District. For both projects the Intern will be required to complete all documentation, and prepare and conduct a formal presentation about the findings for both the Buffalo-Skedaddle Working Group and for local Tribal Consultations.

The Eagle Lake Field Office (ELFO) is working to ensure landscape level habitat restoration efforts for the Greater Sage-grouse as part of the BLM National effort. ELFO and Nevada Department of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Services, U.C. Davis Cooperative Extension, and other local interested members of the public have identified several top priority habitat restoration projects, including riparian improvements and habitat restoration near sage grouse leks.

  1. Prehistoric Spring Site Excavation. The Intern will conduct an archaeological excavation at one of the springs that has been determined to be a priority by the Working Group. The excavation will be used to help determine the archaeological site’s eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and if the site would be adversely impacted by developing or maintaining the existing riparian improvement infrastructure. The Intern will be tasked with designing and executing the excavation, documenting the findings, and preparing artifacts for curation.
  2. Petroglyph Survey. The Intern will be tasked with pedestrian inventory and documentation of up to 100 acres of BLM lands within the Smoke Creek Petroglyph District. This area is known to contain a high number of cultural resources, primarily petroglyphs and lithic scatters. The Smoke Creek Petroglyph District lies within the Shinn Priority Project Planning Area and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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