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Desert Research Institute - Staff Research Scientist, Archaeologist

11/15/2023 21:56 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas, NV is accepting applications for a Staff Research Scientist, Archaeologist.  This is a faculty position that serves in an archaeology support role for DRI Archaeology Principal Investigators (PIs). Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with identification, evaluation, finding of effect assessment, management recommendation, and proposed treatment activities related to archaeological inventories, surface collections, subsurface testing and data recoveries, and geoarchaeological studies.
  • Assisting with pedestrian inventories, resource documentation, and surface and subsurface investigations.
  • Assisting with archaeological and geoarchaeological laboratory work.
  • Assisting with preparation of site forms, preparing maps using a Geographic Information System (GIS), and other resource-related documents.
  • Organizing data for technical reports.
  • Assisting with archaeological and geoarchaeological technical report writing.
  • Assisting with preparing hard copy deliverables for distribution to clients, tribes, and members of the public.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Anthropology, Archaeology, Physical Geography, or Interdisciplinary Studies that combine one or more of these disciplines
  • Experience working on governmental agency Section 106 compliance projects
  • Experience with pedestrian inventories and/or geoarchaeological investigations
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in remote settings sometimes in extreme temperatures
  • Basic knowledge of archaeological data recovery procedures, subsurface excavations, and geoarchaeological investigations
  • Basic knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Register of Historic Places, and 36 CFR Part 800
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS Pro software
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required due to project funding
  • This position requires the willingness and ability to work in remote and extreme temperatures.
  • Ability to travel for extended periods of time


The minimum annual starting salary for the Staff Research Scientist position is $56,267. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance; including 17.50% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 12 paid holidays, educational benefits, and the choice of three 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.

Organizational Summary

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students/postdocs who work alongside them, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative technologies in research projects around the globe.

Since 1959, DRI’s research has advanced scientific knowledge on topics ranging from humans’ impact on the environment to the environment’s effect on humans. DRI’s cutting-edge science and inspiring solutions support Nevada’s diverse economy, provide science-based educational opportunities, and inform policymakers, business leaders, and community members. With campuses in Las Vegas and Reno, DRI serves as the non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at:

Hiring may occur early in the recruiting process.  Recruitment will close without notice when a hiring decision has been made. More detailed information about DRI may be found at  For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548.

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