You will participate in archeological fieldwork in various areas of Alaska. Depending on the location and project, archaeological resources may be prehistoric or historic in nature. Work may include:
Inventory and monitor the condition of cultural resources and compliance projects in
areas impacted by construction, maintenance and visitor activities, and other projects.
Participate in archeological surveys, shovel tests and archaeological excavations, and
laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts recovered.
Provide historical and archeological information to visitors.
Manage archaeological collections according to established museum procedures.
Prepare and keep detailed field notes and records, daily logs and journals, photographs
and photo logs, archeological and architectural forms, feature and artifact drawings, etc.
Assist in the preparation of monthly progress reports and a final seasonal report.
Assist in the use GPS, GIS and other computer software in support of data collection and reporting activities.
Some of the incumbent's time may be spent in the backcountry for periods of up to eight days or longer. The incumbent will be required to live outdoors in a tent, hike in a backcountry setting without trails or modern amenities, and may transport in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and motorized and non-motorized watercraft, as part of park activities.
Physical Demands: Field work requires physical exertion such as long periods of time. Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 10 days in duration. Incumbent may be required to carry a 45 lb pack for up to 15 miles per day and to hike in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather. Archaeological survey and investigations requires recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting and carrying moderately heavy to heavy items.
Camping and hiking is often in country with high probability of wildlife encounters including brown or black bear. Incumbent may be required to complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work and may be required to carry a firearm in the backcountry.
The incumbent may be required to drive National Park Service (NPS) vehicles within and around the park areas as part of duties.