Cultural Resources Program Director

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Great Basin Institute, founded at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals each pursuing a career in public land management and/or working towards advancing their academic standing. Partnering with federal, state and local governments, as well as other NGOs and researchers, GBI supports projects in eleven western states ranging from Alaska to New Mexico, and southern California to northwestern Wyoming.

The Great Basin Institute seeks a dynamic professional archaeologist to engage in cultural resources program development in the context of a mission-driven environmental non-profit organization. Current programming includes active partnerships with the US Forest Service (Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and the Tahoe, Eldorado, Mendocino, Lassen, Plumas, Sequoia, Stanislaus, and Sierra National Forests) and National Park Service (Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Great Basin, Lassen Volcano, Joshua Tree, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion National Parks, and the Alaska Regional Office), among other units/entities. The program provides support to a wide array of field archaeology projects, many of which are in support of landscape-scale restoration efforts. The CR Program also supports projects related to cultural anthropology, museum collections and archives, history, historic preservation (including both Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes), as well as environmental documentation and tribal consultation.

While the primary goal of the Great Basin Institute’s Cultural Resources Program is to provide partners with support related to field archaeology projects, qualified candidates should have a solid understanding of all cultural resource program areas. Knowledge of these disciplines is imperative to understanding partner needs and helping to identify appropriately qualified candidates. The Cultural Resources Program Director is responsible for strategic development, financial planning, economic modeling, and managerial approaches. Ensuring projects adhere to compliance with state and federal antiquities laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, developing scopes of work, responses to requests for proposals, and oversight of archaeological staff are also key responsibilities of this position. The Director is also involved in outreach activities to highlight the Institute’s commitment to the management and conservation of cultural resources, and to engender stewardship activities through education. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.

Location: Based at GBI offices in Reno.


·         $100,000 annually, DOE

·         Health insurance (medical, dental, vision, prescription) coverage – $400 monthly premiums paid 100% by GBI

·         Paid vacation (up to 4 hours per two-week pay period), sick time (up to 40 hours annually), and holidays

·         Retirement plan option with 4% employer match (fully vested on day 1)

Timeframe and Working Conditions:

·         Immediate vacancy to be filled upon availability;

·         Full‐time position (Monday through Friday) with occasional need to work on holidays, weekends, and afterhours;

·         Work will primarily occur in an indoor, fast‐paced and dynamic office environment;

·         Some travel will be required that may include overnight stays; and

·         Some field site visits will be required. Incumbent should be able to hike in difficult terrain as necessary and perform manual labor including lifting supplies and materials up to 50lbs.

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with: a Master’s degree in Archaeology is preferred; or with an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and work experience with progressively increasing responsibility; applicants with advanced degrees in Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, or related field may also be considered.

Certification: Register of Professional Archaeologists, preferable.

Experience: Five plus years of progressively responsible experience, with a minimum of three years as a project supervisor in cultural resource management in areas to include: archaeology, cultural anthropology, museum collections and archives, history, and historic preservation (including both Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes), tribal consultation, writing professional reports on archeological or cultural resources issues. Incumbent must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards. Registered Professional Archaeologist applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

·         Prehistoric and historic archeology of the Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and/or Sierra Nevadas;

·         Cultural resources protection and stewardship practices;

·         State and federal antiquities laws;

·         Natural resources protection and stewardship practices; and

·         Environmental assessment, NEPA/CEQA statutes, and impact statements.

Skill in:

·         Using MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), ESRI ArcGIS, and databases;

·         Effective verbal and written communication;

·         Archeological/technical report writing;

·         Applying archeological and historic research techniques and methodologies;

·         Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;

·         Making independent, sound, and timely decisions;

·         Managing multiple projects, short deadlines, and conflicting priorities; and

·         Preparing and reviewing scopes of work and budgets for all phases of archeological investigations.

Ability to:

·         Be permitted in the State of California.

·         Apply cultural resource management theory and practice to federal- and state-owned resources;

·         Manage and coordinate diverse program activities and accomplish program goals using independent judgment and initiative;

·         Work with individuals with different types of training and backgrounds to create solutions and bring projects to completion;

·         Work independently with little or no supervision;

·         Work as a member of a team;

·         Conduct work activities in accordance with safety program;

·         Safely operate a GBI vehicle; and

·         Work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, and consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI.

How to Apply:

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