Seasonal Archaeological Technician Position

GS-05/Seasonal – NTE 6 months

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Monticello/Moab Ranger District
Monticello, UT

Doll House Ruin, Monticello Ranger District

The Archaeology (Heritage) Department of the Monticello/Moab Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest is looking for a GS-05 seasonal Archaeological Technician for the 2013 field season! The Manti-La Sal National Forest consists of 1,413,111 acres of land that includes deep sandstone canyons and high mountain peaks in southeastern Utah.

The District manages the La Sal Mountains outside of Moab, UT and the Abajo Mountains outside of Monticello, UT. The district contains over 3,000 archaeological sites dating from 10,000 years ago up through historic times. The Abajo Mountains and canyons were home to a large number of Ancestral Puebloan groups who utilized the landscape for hunting, gathering, farming and living. Site types include Puebloan habitation sites, Archaic lithic scatters, rock art sites, as well as historic mining, ranching and sheep herding sites.

DUTY STATION: The duty station is located in Monticello in San Juan County UT. Monticello is situated on the eastern base of the Abajo Mountains and sits at 7,022 ft. Monticello has a population of 2,000 people, and is a full service community with a supermarket, various restaurants, a library, and hospital. Weather varies from hot summer days and cool summer nights, to snowy, cold winters. The summer monsoon season brings rain between July and mid-September. No public transportation is available. Housing may be available.

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIRMENTS: A Bachelor Degree as of spring 2013, one year of experience at the GS-04 level, or a combination of experience and education as required by the Forest Service GS-05 job basic requirements stated on the positions application webpage.

JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a paid temporary seasonal position not to exceed (NTE) 1039 work hours (approximately 6 months). The candidate will be required to perform on-the-ground area surveys for surface evidence of historic and prehistoric archaeological remains, as well as identify and record historic and prehistoric cultural resource sites. The candidate should be able to hike up to seven miles a day through rough, steep terrain in varying weather conditions. The candidate will also perform a variety of computations and assessments of standard archeological data, such as entering archeological project data in appropriate forms and databases. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey methods, general site identification/recording methods, hand mapping, GPS Trimble units, Microsoft programs (Word, Excel etc.) and ArcGIS. However, training will be provided as necessary.

WORK SCHEDULE: The candidate will typically work four-10 hour days and have three days off. However, five 8 hour day weeks or a different schedule may be required due. Camping may be required. Some camping gear, such as tents and cookware is provided if necessary.

For more information contact: District Archaeologist Don Irwin -435.636.3354 / or Archaeologist Catie Freels – 435.636.3359 /

HOW TO APPLY: The job announcement is located on the USA Jobs website at

In the search engine on the home page enter the job announcement number in the “WHAT” (keyword) search box (Job announcement number is TEMPOCR-102-05-ARCH TECH-DT). The announcement is for various locations in the US. Click “Apply Online” in the left hand box. From here you will likely be asked to set up an account. Follow the instructions on setting up an account. Continue to follow the instructions to apply to the job. When you are asked to select a duty station, please select Monticello, UT to be considered for this position. Note that some documents may be required (e.g. college transcripts).

More detailed instructions are location on the job announcement on the USA Jobs website under the “How to Apply” tab.


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