Archaeologist Assistant Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to August 19, 2018
BLM Fairbanks District Office
Position ID
The person selected will serve as an assistant to three field office archaeologists who work out of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Fairbanks, Alaska office. The archaeologists work in a variety of remote settings throughout northern, central, and eastern Alaska. The intern can expect to survey for both prehistoric and historic archaeological resources, test excavate sites, and record sites (notes, photos, and GPS). The intern needs to arrive in mid-May in order to get the required training for field work June-August, including ATV driving, and helicopter passenger. The intern can also expect raft trips along Wild & Scenic Rivers.

The intern can expect to be working and living in remote areas in field stations or camping, for about 2 out of every 4 weeks in a month, June through August. The SCA needs to be fit enough to carry a 25-30 pound pack while hiking, as necessary. While in the office, the SCA will be expected to prepare for upcoming field trips, clean and organize equipment from trips just completed, as well as digitize older field data, forms, and maps for inclusion in our online Archaeology Data System.

The intern will be housed in a double-occupancy firefighters barracks setting on Ft. Wainwright, an army base close to the BLM office. An attempt will be made to secure a separate vehicle for use by the SCA to get around town (Fairbanks). The BLM can provide $120 per week for subsistence, provided to the SCA. In addition, during field trips food will either (1) be provided outright, or (2) be reimbursed via a per diem voucher system along with the rest of the field crew. Housing will always be provided in the field, either at a BLM field station or in a personal tent provided by the BLM.

The intern will be encoured to take shotgun training, as we will Archaeologist Assistant in Interior Alaskabe travelling and working in brown and black bear territory; however, this is not required.
  • Mostly the interior of Alaska, boreal forest setting, from the north central part of the state, through the central and eastern parts, to the Canadian border.
  • ATV/4-wheeler driving. Firearms / shotgun safety and discharge. Helicopter safety. CPR-First Aid. Defensive driving (online).
  • The SCA is encouraged to visit other parts of the state; we will work the schedule with the SCA to allow this to happen. However, federal vehicle use beyond Fairbanks will not be provided.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience