ACE: Archaeological Individual Placement, Moab Field Office

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking ONE Archaeological Individual Placement to directly assist the Archaeologist in the Moab Field Offices with completing cultural resource inventory and reporting for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The selected individual will specifically be assigned to the Moab Field Office and work independently to conduct field inventory, record cultural resource sites, and report findings to the field office Archaeologist.

Start Date: Spring 2020 (Late April/May preferred, but flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 26 Weeks from Start

Location: Moab, UT

The BLM Moab Field Office has stewardship over 1.8 million acres of public lands in southeastern Utah. The Moab Field Office, tucked discretely away between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, it is located north of the La Sal Mountains and along the Colorado River, encompasses some of the most unique canyon country in the world.

Compensation: $600/week Living Allowance. Housing may be available at BLM bunkhouse, but NOT guaranteed. ACE or BLM will provide a vehicle while on duty however a personal vehicle is strongly suggested for use during personal time

Project Background and Objectives:

The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful experiences for young professionals while also providing a benefit to public land resources and its users. The participant will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.

Position Description: The individual will work for the Moab Field Office and will be stationed in Moab, Utah. The position is heavily oriented towards fieldwork, but will also be required to complete office work such as records filing, Geographical Information System (GIS) data entry, site form, and report production. The selected individual must be willing to perform physical labor while being exposed to summer heat, desert wildlife and plants, remote project areas, and other potential hazards commensurate with land management activities. The individual must also be comfortable operating a four-wheel drive vehicle across varying types of road surface.

The individual placement will work closely with the field office Archaeologist, and will work on many aspects of cultural resource management including data collection, site recordation, monitoring, and reporting documentation for Section 106 of the NHPA compliance. Workload is divided between field inventory; recordation, monitoring, and evaluation of prehistoric and historic cultural resources; and project documentation.

Field Inventory

Inventory areas will be determined by project priorities. The selected individual will assist in designing the specific survey strategy for each of the areas to be analyzed. Prior to any field inventory, a records search for the project area will be conducted by the intern to determine previously recorded cultural sites, inventory locations, and any previously recorded sites with documented grazing impacts. The purpose of the field inventory will be to identify historic properties potentially affected by the proposed project. The individual will be expected to work independently in the field and in the office, but will be directed and accompanied to the field by the BLM Archaeologist when possible or otherwise necessary. The individual placement will be responsible for providing weekly documentation of progress, acres inventoried, and resources identified, recorded, and monitored.

Recordation and Monitoring

Recordation of cultural resources will be in accordance with guidance from BLM handbook 8110 and in consultation with BLM Cultural Resource Staff. Monitoring of previously recorded cultural resources for impacts may also be required and all site records will be updated, including location and sketch maps. The selected individual will keep a log of all recorded sites as well as those that will be updated.


The selected individual is expected to use GPS equipment and field notes to record findings and prepare GIS information and reports as requested. Utah Archaeological Site Forms (UASF) will be completed electronically, including photographs from field visits of all cultural resources observed. Provide cultural resources inventory report following the format provided by BLM Cultural Resources Staff.

The ACE individual may be required to work in remote areas of the field office. This includes driving four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV). The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Lifting up to 50 pounds is required. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Master's degree is not required, but encouraged.

Applicant must possess a degree that includes 3 semester hours in general archeology, regional archeology/archeological cultures, theory and methods of archaeology, and archeological field school experience. Applicant must show they have received six hours of related course work in geography, geology, cultural geography, history or historical archeology, environmental studies, surveying, scientific writing, anthropology, American studies. Applicant can also qualify with a combination of the above-mentioned education and related archeological/culture resource management experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Candidates must be 18-30 years of (candidates 31 to 35 with a Master's degree or higher are also encouraged to apply).
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21 to drive agency vehicles);
  • Selected individual must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Interest and experience in Archaeology Field.
  • Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, if needed, in variable weather conditions.
  • Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resources management, preferably in Four Corners and Great Basin regions.
  • Must have a high fitness level and a high comfort level in remote settings.
  • Experience with interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales
  • Familiarity with National Register of Historic Places Criteria for evaluating historic properties
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Experience using a GPS unit.
  • Experience with ArcGIS software
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Experienced photographer (photo editing).
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

Requested Qualifications:

  • Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management, preferably in The Four Corner's and great Basin regions.
  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of cultural resource management.
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in ArcGIS and GPS use, specifically Trimble Juno or Geo Series units with ArcPad and/or TerraSync Software.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
  • Strong writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of Utah's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired, especially the Four Corner's region.

The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. **This position is subject to close/change at any time**

EOE: 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.

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

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Member Coordinator Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or