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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest - Resource Assistant in Archaeology

10/19/2023 21:27 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

Position:    Archaeologist

Duration.    6 Month Fellowship (26 weeks): Starting early 2024 (dates are dependent upon the start date)

Location.    Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Supervisor’s Office, 30 South Chiricahua Street, Springerville, AZ 85938

*Hiring two individuals for this position*

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) are some of the most diverse in the Southwestern Region, encompassing about 2.5 million acres including an extensive amount of the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. The Forests stretch from Leonard Canyon south of Winslow, Arizona to the New Mexico state line, then south of Springerville, Arizona to Clifton, Arizona. The landscape varies from high desert grasslands to above timberline with ponderosa, aspen, and spruce-fir forests in between. The Forests' elevations range from 3,500 feet on the Clifton Ranger District to over 11,000 feet on the Mount Baldy Wilderness. The ANSFs is home to a large part of the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains, rich in beauty and tranquility. Water is a major attraction with 24 lakes and reservoirs and more than 400 miles of rivers and streams - more than can be found in any other southwestern forest. The Forests supply timber, wildlife, grazing and tourism which help support local communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The resource assistant will be stationed out of the Supervisor’s Office in Springerville, AZ reporting to the Forest Archaeologist and/or the Assistant Forest Archaeologist. The resource assistant will be involved in various projects across the Forest that relate to the Wildfire Crisis Strategy and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. They will learn pre-field research, survey techniques, identification of archaeological sites (pueblos, field houses, lithic scatters, historic features, and sites), identification of lithics and ceramics, recordation of archaeological sites, and use of GPS and tablets in the field.

Special or Preferred skills.

  • Knowledge of Southwest Archaeology
  • Comfortable working independently outside in all weather conditions
  • Use of four-wheel drive vehicles and driving on rough roads
  • Knowledge of Section 106 and National Environmental Policy Act

Minimum Qualifications.

  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree in Anthropology
  • US citizenship or permanent residency. 
  • Must pass a criminal history background check and possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

RA will be required to drive a government vehicle

Public transportation is not available in Springerville or at any of the district offices.

Stipend + Benefits.

  • $500 weekly pay stipend based on a 40-hour workweek* 
  • $1,000 monthly housing stipend
  • $50 monthly commuting stipend (if in-person)
  • Option for health insurance coverage during full term
  • Up to $2,750 available for Forest Service work travel, orientation, trainings, professional development opportunities that align with RA role and goals
  • Direct Hire Authority Eligibility – after completing a minimum of 960 hours, DHA status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions.

HAF is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through HAF’s MANO Project application page. A resume and two references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Carina Chavez at

Applications for this position are due by October 29th, 2023. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made by November

About Us. 

The Heritage program on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is tasked with preserving and managing cultural resources across 2.5 million acres. The remains of human history include ancient Indian villages and rock art, travel routes and markers, military forts and abandoned mines and mills. The Heritage program protects and shares significant cultural resources on public lands, ensuring that future generations can understand the human stories present on the landscapes of our national forests. In addition, the Forest Service protects cultural resources from vandalism, theft, fire, and other threats. 

US Forest Service Mission.

To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Hispanic Access Foundation Mission.

Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos to partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. HAF’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.

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