Cultural Resources Project Manager

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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 pursuing a career in public land management and/or working towards advancing their academic standing. An interdisciplinary field studies organization, GBI promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs. 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.

We seek a dynamic professional archaeologist to engage in project management and development in the context of a mission-driven, regional, conservation non-profit organization. Current active partnerships exist with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and US Fish & Wildlife Service. The Cultural Resources Project Manager is responsible for ensuring projects adhere to compliance with state and federal antiquities laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Developing scopes of work and cost proposals; developing responses to requests for proposals; collaborating with agency personnel and GBI field staff to author reports; as well as oversee and coordinate the recruitment, selection, management, and oversight of cultural resource field personnel are key responsibilities of this position. With a background in field archaeology, the Project Manager provides technical assistance and support to operations for a wide range of activities including archaeological field survey, testing, artifact analysis, tribal consultation, and report preparation. The Project Manager 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 direct supervision, with latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. 

Location: Based at GBI’s office in Reno, NV.


·         $63,000 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; and

·         Work-related travel, including field site visits are required; travel may include overnight stay in hotels or in the field.

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: Three to five years of progressively responsible experience, with a minimum of two field seasons as a project supervisor or crew chief in cultural resource management in areas to include: archeological project design and management, archeological survey, testing, data recovery, archeological laboratory processing and artifact analysis, writing professional reports on archeological or cultural resources issues. Incumbent should meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archeology (36 CFR Part 61)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

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

·         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:

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

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

·         Oversee a small team of program staff to ensure that recruitment is on target, deadlines are being met and deliverables are completed satisfactorily;

·         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.


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