ACE EPIC BLM CA: Archaeology Technician Internship

American Conservation Experience Barstow, CA
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office is seeking ONE Archaeology Technician Interns to support with land management as it relates to archeological surveys of several areas within the BLM Barstow Field Office jurisdictions, including supporting the West Mojave (WEMO) Plan Revision and Travel Management Plan. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the public sector outdoor recreation profession, as well as working in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the nation. *Candidates with western desert experience highly encouraged to apply.*

(Short term project, ideal for local candidate)

Start Date Barstow: ASAP (Pending Background Check. Ideally Sept 3rd.)

End Date: Sept. 30th, 2018

Location: Barstow, CA

The BLM Barstow Field Office has stewardship responsibility from the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to the southern boundary of Fort Irwin Military Reservation and from the eastern boundary of San Bernardino National Forest to north of Death Valley Junction, California, as far as the California/Nevada state line. The desert within this area is vast, about three million acres, and has many unique features. Elevations vary from near sea level, north of Baker, California, to over 6,000 feet, in the Ord Mountains south of Barstow. The office is located Barstow, CA.

The West Mojave (WEMO) Plan Revision and Travel Management Plan includes over 17,000 miles of routes of travel on 3.2 million acres of public lands in the West Mojave Desert, located within San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern, and Inyo Counties, California. The Record of Decision must be complete by May 2015. To work towards satisfying the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, The Barstow archaeologists, in coordination with the California Desert District and the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program, are developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) model to identify areas with cultural resource sensitivity. The results of the model will direct the BLM's efforts in historic property identification and evaluation, and ultimately, in creating and designating an appropriate and sustainable network of travel that supports the BLM's multiple use mandate.

Compensation: $600/wk. Housing will not be provided. Interns can work with ACE and BLM staff to find affordable housing.

Project Website: For more information on the BLM Barstow field office please visit their websites at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow.html. For More information on the 'West Mojave [WEMO] Plan Revision and Travel Management Plan: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave__wemo.html

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org

Position Description: The ACE Archeologist Technician will be stationed in Barstow to assist in a variety of activities, which includes data collection, site recordation, monitoring, and reporting documentation for Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance. Further, the technician will assist in designing the specific survey strategy for the areas to be analyzed and evaluating prehistoric and historic cultural resources. Part of this work will require heavy physical exertion in hot, dry conditions. This position will provide experience working with a BLM professional on public lands and will aid in preparation for a career in public lands recreation management.

Work is predominately performed outdoors: 80% of the time will be spent in an outdoor/field setting. Climate is generally arid, with temperatures frequently in excess of 100 degrees during the summer months, and as low as 40 degrees in the winter months. Protective footgear may be required as protection from rattlesnake bites. Field work will require working in remote areas of the field office. This includes transect work, conducting the sample cultural resource inventory, site identification, and evaluation of resources. All work is done on foot and can include hikes of up to 10 miles over rough, uneven terrain. Extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting over 50 pounds are required. The remaining 20% of the time will be spent in a normal office environment processing field data, synthesizing reports, and presenting results to BLM staff. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week. Hours are flexible (with starting times ranging from 6am-8am), and work schedules are anticipated to run 10 hours a day Monday through Thursday. The use of a BLM vehicle will be constant, and requires the completion of the BLM's basic vehicle operations training.

Project Background and Objectives: Incumbents will perform a variety of work in support of the BLM archeologist. The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful work experiences for youth while also providing a benefit to public land resources or users. Interns will gain job skills related to section 106 compliance of the NHPA, site recordation and field survey work by working with Federal archeologists on the West Mojave Archeological Surveys. Participants will learn an appreciation for natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with an emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.

Qualifications:

Education Requirement: This position requires applicants to have a degree in Archeology Anthropology, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience 'courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Further, a Bachelor's degree in Archeology or a related field is required, although a Masters is preferred. Applicant must possess a degree that includes 3 semester hours in general archeology, regional archeology/archeological cultures, theory and methods of archaeology, and archeological field school experience. Applicant must show they have received six hours of related course work in geography, geology, cultural geography, history or historical archeology, environmental studies, surveying, scientific writing, anthropology, American studies. Applicant can also qualify with a combination of the above-mentioned education and related archeological/culture resource management experience.

Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.

Knowledge/Skills Requirement: This position requires applicants to have interest and experience in the field of Archeology.

Required:

* Interest and experience in Archaeology and archaeology

* Must have a high fitness level and a high comfort level in remote settings. Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, if needed, in variable weather conditions

* Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only

* Interns must be 18-30 years old (candidates who are 31-35 years old and have recently completed a relevant Masters degree will be considered)

* Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required

* Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle

* Interest and experience in Archaeology and archaeology

* Must have a high fitness level and a high comfort level in remote settings. Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, if needed, in variable weather conditions

* Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management in a professional position or field school, preferably in California and Mojave Desert and Great Basin Regions

* Experience with interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales

* Familiarity with National Register and California Register Criteria for evaluating cultural resources

* Familiarity with documents approved by the California Office of Historic Preservation (CA OHP) such as DPR 523 forms, Archaeological resource Management Reports (ARMR)

* Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision

* Experience using a GPS unit and the ability to learn ESRI ARCMap

* General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)

* Experienced photographer (photo editing / Google Earth skills desirable)

* Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs

* Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts

* Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals

* English proficiency is imperative

Preferred:

* Personal reliable transportation is recommended

* Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management, preferably in California, Great Basin and/or Mojave Desert

* Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of cultural resource management

* Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs

* Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies

* Plant identification (field work may require collection of threatened and endangered plant species)

* Knowledge, skills, and abilities in ArcGIS and GPS use, specifically Trimble Juno or Geo Series units with ArcPad and/or TerraSync Software

* Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

* Strong writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills

* Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired, especially the Mojave Desert

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at 801-573-8984 or mearly@usaconservation.org.