Archaeologist Resource Assistant – HYBRID – Olympic National Forest

Start/End Dates: February 5, 2024 – September 20, 2024

Compensation: $600 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical insurance provided on request.

Application Due: November 15, 2023 

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • a college graduate (Associate or Higher)


* A personal vehicle required


Please Apply Here

Project Description:

The Archaeologist Resource Assistant (RA) will work as an archaeologist in the Olympic National Forest conducting project overviews, field surveys, and documenting survey results.

  • The RA will work with professional archeologists as well as other program area specialists to manage important cultural resources near Forest projects.

  • The RA’s responsibilities may include conducting research of Forest history and likely sites within project areas; conducting surveys in the field to locate archaeological and historic sites; documenting sites such as historic logging railroads, camps, homesteads, and airplane crash sites, and pre-contact village or lithic sites; assisting with writing reports documenting the sites, survey findings and effects to historic properties; working with local tribes on sites of import to them; and inputting survey and site data in the Forest Service and Washington State databases. This work supports compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) managing cultural resources that may be impacted by Forest projects. The RA will also work on Heritage Program projects which may include interpretation, site monitoring, or work on historic buildings.


  • Conducts background research of project areas and known archaeological sites; and writes reports documenting surveys (includes background research, survey strategy, and survey results) and archaeological sites.

  • Works in the field conducting archaeological surveys; and in the office participating in project team meetings, research and writing reports; and supporting Forest projects.

  •  Surveys may include transects walking through the project area or digging and screening shovel test probes to locate archaeological artifacts. Prepares report maps using ArcGIS. Enters survey and site data in the NRM Heritage database.


Major studies relevant to this position: Anthropology with an Archaeology emphasis is preferred. A closely related field such as History or Historic Preservation or Cultural Resource Management may also be adequate if they have also taken an Archaeological Field School. An advanced degree will provide more promotional opportunities in the long run.

  • A Master’s (preferred) or Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an Archaeology emphasis and Archaeological Field School.Aptitude for research using primary and secondary source materials.

  • Skill in writing to convey historical and research information as well as documenting survey methodology and results.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team on a broad variety of projects in the office and/or field.Experience with Microsoft Suite: Office, Excel, PowerPoint.Comfortable learning and applying technology such as spatial (GIS, GPS) and database technologies.

  • Field experience or comfortable learning and applying navigation and field survey techniques.

  • Ability to navigate in the field using a map, compass, and/or GPS, or ability to learn navigation, in the field environment both on and off trails.Experience with or able to learn ArcGIS and GPS technologies.Valid driver’s license.

  • The ideal candidate should like the outdoors and hiking. They are also techie and like to learn new things. Able to adapt to, innovate with, and apply all the technology that is coming our way.

  • They should like libraries and research, and learn about the land they are surveying including plants and geology. They can work well both independently and in team settings. They have or are likely to seek an advanced degree in Archaeology (which would allow greater opportunity to promote).


Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

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EEO Statement

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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