Desert Research Institute (DRI) is seeking applicants for a full time Staff or Assistant Research Archaeologist based in our Las Vegas Southern Nevada Science Center. The successful applicant will work on existing archaeological compliance projects in southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Depending on qualifications and experience, this position may be filled as a Staff (Rank I) or Assistant Research Scientist (Rank II).
Key responsibilities include:
Ability to work independently to plan, conduct and manage archaeological pedestrian survey, monitoring, site recording and evaluation, excavation, and other archaeological data recovery efforts;
Analysis of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites and artifacts typical of western North America as well as Cold War resources;
Timely preparation of technical archaeological reports, forms, and other documents in compliance with grant/contract requirements;
Assist in the pursuit of compliance and/or research contracts and grants to support his/her salary and develop his/her research interests.
The person selected for this position will work with a multi-disciplinary team of DRI research faculty, federal and State of Nevada land management and regulatory agency personnel, and other contractor personnel, to support environmental compliance and monitoring related to military training and testing. Frequent travel will be required, some overnight stays may be required. The person selected will conduct largely self-directed studies involving original field work, artifact interpretation, and reporting for both Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) projects, and will be able to pursue other sponsored project opportunities. Reports will be prepared for acceptance by the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a mandatory high-level DOD/DOE security clearance to comply with U.S. Government contract requirements.
Must be able to qualify for a permit to perform archaeological work in the State of Nevada
Master’s degree in anthropology or closely-related discipline with an emphasis in archaeology from an accredited institution;
Minimum of two years prior field and lab experience focusing on archaeology in the western United States;
Experience performing a broad array of archaeological duties, including: record searches, pedestrian inventory, site recordation, site testing, monitoring, data recovery excavation, form preparation, and report write up;
Demonstrated ability to successfully prepare reports for appropriate regulatory agencies
Working understanding of federal and state historic preservation laws including Section 106 requirements and processes;
Demonstrated ability to maintain quality, safety, and control standards;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Demonstration of vested interest in their work evidenced by high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, and critical evaluation of information;
Team player with diverse interests and excellent interpersonal skills;
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel;
Nevada driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire date.
Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance; including 14.5% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and the choice of two health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance.
This posting is open until filled. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruitment process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. For questions regarding this position, please call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548.
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
About Desert Research Institute
Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. Research at DRI calls on the expertise and methods of multiple scientific disciplines. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more. DRI’s research personnel are untenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from individual and collaborative external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high-quality environmental science in a business-like fashion.