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Archaeology Team Members

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with US Forest Service is seeking Four Archaeology Team Members to contribute to the Archaeology project alongside Tahoe National Forest American River District Staff.
This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.
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Start Date: 4/10/2023
Estimated End Date: 10/6/2023 *a 26 -week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: American River (Foresthill, CA) Ranger Districts, Tahoe National Forest
The Tahoe National Forest 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 interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checkerboard ownership pattern. 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 forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service.
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Position Overview: The Archaeology Team Member will support Forest Service initiatives by providing technical support to the heritage resource staff. Crew members are responsible for a variety of tasks, including participating in cultural resource inventory surveys, collecting and editing GIS data, adapting pedestrian survey strategies, preparing data for reports and completing site records, conducting data entry into the NRM heritage database, and completing additional tasks as determined by Forest Service staff. The purpose of the position is to serve as a field crew member for archaeological surveys. The crew member will assist the crew lead in ensuring work is accomplished within established standards and procedures.. The survey team will execute surveys in support of multiple Forest Service priority projects.
Project Tasks:
  • Performs on-the-ground pedestrian surveys to locate and document surface historic and prehistoric cultural resources
  • Prepare data to be included in cultural resource inventory reports and prepare site forms. Enter site and inventory information into the NRM cultural resource database, and onto GIS maps.
  • Monitor cultural resource sites to ensure approved standard protection measures are implemented and adequate and document changes in site condition over time.
  • Conduct inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects. Researchers will reference materials such as State and National Register files, historic documents, archeological reports, maps and aerial photos
  • Ensures that archeology work assignments are carried out in a safe and timely manner according to established standards and procedures
  • Review work in progress to see that standards for pre-field research, survey design, site recording, graphics, and final report are being met
  • Assists other members or FS staff on methods of cultural resource inventory
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
Schedule: Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:30pm (pacific time zone)
Position Benefits
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $760/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online here.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE. However, housing may be available in government barracks at a daily rate of approximately $10-20/day by the Forest. Housing assistance of up to $250/week will be available. Local candidates are encouraged to apply.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific USFS training may include CPR / First Aid, Defensive Driving
Applicants for this position should hold a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, or a similar cultural/natural resource field, and have specific archaeological fieldwork experience. This is a highly demanding outdoor position that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.
ACE Required:
  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required byU.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
  • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website here.
USFS Required:
  • Practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of archaeology in order to compile technical reports and provide recommendations to the district or forest archaeologist
  • Knowledge of the techniques of archaeological reconnaissance in order to adapt survey strategies to identify a large variety of artifacts and features
  • Practical knowledge with GIS
  • Ability to perform library and archival research to locate and obtain pertinent background information
  • Knowledge of technical report writing to prepare reports and site records
  • Skill using a compass, aerial photos, topographic maps and GPS units to navigate survey areas and to locate/record sites
  • Must be able to adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out assignments in accordance with the archaeological crew lead
  • Recording historic and prehistoric cultural resources
  • Ability and willingness to hike off trail in steep rocky terrain and in changing weather conditions.
  • Familiarity with ArcMap, Survey 123, Avenza
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Member Manager, Celia Demers at
EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.