Archaeology Intern

Expected Dates
October 15, 2018 to February 3, 2019
Tongass National Forest
Position ID

This internship’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Forest Archaeologist in the collection, organization, and analysis of the data relating to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.  This act was passed in order to facilitate the return of human remains and other affiliated cultural items that have been either inadvertently discovered during project activities or purposefully collected through unauthorized activities.  The Forest has records relating to these items stored throughout the different districts in a variety of states.  The project is to prepare a complete and accurate representation of the state of NAGPRA reporting on the Tongass National Forest.  The applicant shall collect all pertinent administrative records, ensure complete sets of records are created for each item identified as a NAGPRA related item, and will research and resolve conflicts in information.
This position will be responsible for several tasks, 1) organize and compile a master set of records in both paper and electronic form  2) review existing literature to ensure that there are no outstanding NAGPRA cases that have yet to be identified in the Federal Register or in existing NAGPRA files; and 3) enter data into the Forest Service corporate database (Heritage 9.0).
1) The applicant will work with district archaeologists and district rangers to acquire any known records regarding NAGPRA related materials that have been discovered and/or have been collected from their districts.
2) The applicant will read all materials and resolve any conflicts in the information.  The applicant may need to contact districts to acquire additional information.  Some of the sites of discovery have several different names, which lends confusion.   Many items are in storage at museums in Alaska and elsewhere.  The applicant may be required to contact museums or others to acquire additional information in order to compile a complete history.  The applicant will consult with the district archaeologists and the tribal relations specialist and assist in making determination regarding cultural affiliation.
3) The applicant will update cultural resource inventory data in the Forest Service’s Corporate Database for Heritage, as well as assist the Forest Archaeologist in preparing a standardized electronic tracking mechanism for reporting new discoveries and for tracking progress from discovery to repatriation that will be used in all future discovery cases. 

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,500 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

  • Ketchikan is a small/medium size community of about $8,00 people in Southeast Alaska, in the heart of the Tongass National Forest.
  • Training in history and prehistory of SE Alaska, reading maps and field survey, identification of early Holocene artifacts typical for Southeast Alaska and introduction to the FS GIS.
  • The Tongass National Forest, offers abundant recreational opportunities including world class caving, fishing, camping, whale watching, wildlife viewing, opportunities to learn about Native Alaskan cultures, and access to the Karta River Wilderness.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
competent with supervision
some experience
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience