American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Forest Service
  • Bishop, CA, USA
  • Individual Placement

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Archaeology Technician, Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District

Summary:American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, is seeking one Archaeology Technician for 24 weeks. The Archaeology Technician will conduct inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects. Research reference materials such as State and National register files, historic documents, archeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interview source individuals concerning project areas. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in natural resources, environmental education, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship goals of the United States Forest Service.

Start Date: May 10th

End Date: October 23rd

Location: Inyo National Forest, Forest Supervisors Office, Bishop, CA

The Inyo National Forest is a large, complex forest, encompassing about two million acres in

California and Nevada. It contains several natural features of national and international interest. There are nine wilderness areas and six research natural areas, as well as the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and Mt. Whitney the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Diverse geologic features, combined with the elevational extremes and attendant wide range of climatic conditions, results in tremendous floristic diversity on the Forest, with vegetation communities ranging from desert scrub, sagebrush scrub, and pinyon woodland, to Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine, and alpine habitats. Mammoth Lakes and Bishop are both premier locations for outdoor recreation in California. These opportunities include backpacking, fishing, hunting, hang gliding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, cycling, mountain biking, photography, rock climbing, trail running, off-highway vehicle exploration, and horseback riding.

Project Websites: For more information on ACE, please click here.

For more information about the Inyo National Forest, please click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk with potential for holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $640/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Provided in Forest Service shared housing at no cost to the member.

Project Objectives:

  • Performs on-the-ground area surveys for surface and subsurface evidence of historic and prehistoric archeological remains.
  • Identifies and records historic and prehistoric cultural resource sites.
  • Performs a variety of computations and assessments of standard archeological data, such as entering archeological artifacts and projects data in appropriate forms and databases.
  • Produces site and survey maps. Transfers GPS data to a GIS Arc View program loaded in a computer to create a map.
  • Conducts cultural resource surveys of areas designated for various projects. Records sites and monitors affected sites during these project activities.
  • Insures that archeology work assignments are carried out in safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.
  • Reviews work in progress to see that standards for pre-field research, survey design, site recording, graphics, and final report are being met.
  • Advises other employees on methods of cultural resource inventory and provides written instructions, research materials and supplies to all involved in planning and operation of natural resource activities.
  • May serve as a crew work leader.


Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education

and/or field experience working in an archeological capacity. This position requires the balancing of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult situations.


  • Knowledge of established methods and techniques for archeological field survey, recording historic and prehistoric cultural resources, and testing archeological sites.
  • Ability to perform library and archival research and oral interviewing to locate and obtain information.
  • Practical knowledge of the local geography, archeology, ethnography and history of the area within and adjacent to the Forest.
  • Knowledge of technical report writing to prepare reports. Skill using compass, aerial photos, topographic maps and GPS units to locate sites and survey areas.
  • Knowledge of accepted safety practices to prevent injury or loss of life.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proficient in English
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • The member must be willing and able to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located in the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:


Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist Jack Hall

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.

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