The incumbent will work as a member of the Aztec Ruins National Monument , Cultural Resource Division. Under the direction of an archeologist, the incumbent will perform the following major duties:
- Participates in archeological field surveys by walking over the landscape and searching for archeological features and artifacts. Records data and prepares survey records (e.g., site maps, photographs, surface artifact analysis forms, field notes, etc.).
- Provides leadership to field crews by assigning tasks and monitoring the status of those assignments. Serves as Crew Chief for excavation and survey activities. Participates in artifact recovery and provenance determination.
- Evaluates and assists other technicians in the evaluation of specimens (e.g., lithic ground stone, shell, bone, non-artifact material, etc.). Processes specimens recovered in the field. Prepares specimens for specialized analysis to be sent to dating and other laboratories. Identifies, labels, and packages artifacts for curation.
- Maintains related databases, forms, maps, and files. Enters archeological artifact and project data including artifact information, catalog records, field notes, site records, etc. into automated systems, appropriate forms, and archival records. Retrieves and compiles data as required for resource management reports, interpretive exhibits, etc.
-Assists in the development of a variety of documents (e.g., cultural resource management plans, preservation guides, historic structures reports, etc.) by gathering data from files and reports, conducting research, evaluating available information, and preparing draft documents.
- Performs basic research by conducting interviews and publication and record searches, and synthesizing information collected for scientific, historical, and interpretive values.
- Provides general technical archeological assistance in a variety of areas related to or impacted by the archeological function, including Section 106 compliance, clearance, and planning; archeological assessments, evaluations, and field inspections; etc.
For more information regarding this position, please contact Aron Adams at 505-334-6174 ext. 237.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending required. Heavy items (e.g. packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed both in an office setting and in the field. Survey and excavation work is typically performed in isolated areas; the incumbent must therefore be familiar with outdoor safety and survival skills and must be able to operate a vehicle on rough roads. Sustained periods of camping under primitive conditions are routine.
AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in the San Juan Basin along the Animas River in northwest New Mexico, in Aztec, New Mexico. Aztec has a population about 8,500. Weather is generally temperate, although extreme temperatures do occur at times. Housing is plentiful with prices for buying or renting being reasonable for the area. No Government quarters are available. Retail service, professional and medical services, churches, hospitals, and educational facilities are available, including a multitude of recreational facilities. The cities of Durango, CO and Farmington, NM are nearby providing various other services. Year-round recreational opportunities abound within a short commuting distance.
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To learn more about the monument: http://www.nps.gov/azru.