Tribal Cultural Resource Archaeological Aid/Technician

Tribal Cultural Resource Archaeological Aid/Technician

 Location: Burns Paiute Reservation
Number of Positions: 4
Department: Cultural Resources
Open: November 22, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Supervisor: Cultural Resources Program Director
Salary: Commensurate to GS – 3/4/5 DOE
Status: Non-Exempt Seasonal on call
Position Hours: Part-time ON-CALL/Seasonal


Primary Responsibilities

This position is responsible for working in support of the preservation and protection of the cultural resources of the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Essential Duties

Participates as a field crew member conducting inventories of cultural resources in areas of proposed projects.

Works as a team member to ensure archaeology work assignments are carried out in safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.

Identifies and records cultural resource inventory material in the field for use in reports and site forms.

Assists in research of reference materials such as state and national register files, historic documents, archaeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas.


Additional Duties

  1. Working knowledge of hand help field equipment such as GPS unit and compass.
  2. Responsible for providing support in identifying, documenting, and protecting significant historic and pre-contact cultural properties of interest to the Burns Paiute Tribe.
  3. Keeps detailed daily notes of activities including actions that may be impacting cultural sites.
  4. Assists with cultural preservation education to the community and staff.
  5. May monitor archaeological projects to ensure sufficiency of fieldwork.
  6. Provides support toward preparation and submission of archaeological site forms and reports within time designations.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. 



  • A minimum of 4 quarter credits of archaeological field school preferred;
  • A minimum of three months of supervised experience in basic archaeological field research, including pedestrian survey and excavation preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; 
  • Competency of Northern Paiute culture required.


The position requires a working knowledge of federal laws protecting archaeological and cultural sites under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, etc., as well as applicable state and local laws and rules. 


This position requires the ability to work well in rough terrain and inclement weather, hiking 7-10 miles per day. This position requires a fundamental knowledge of tribal history and culture in the Northern Great Basin.


Additional Education and Experience: (desired, but not required): 

  1. Working knowledge of GPS handheld devises and compass.
  2. Knowledge of Great Basin archaeology and/or experience working with Great Basin Tribes.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 40 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.


Other Requirements: 

  • Must submit to and pass a drug test.
  • Must permit a criminal background check.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must provide three (3) years of driving records.


Indian Preference:  

Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applicants meeting the qualifications as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preference, age, religion, or national origin.


Return completed Burns Paiute Indian Tribe Application, Cover Letter, Curriculum vitae/resume, and transcripts to: 


Human Resources Director
Burns Paiute Tribe
100 Pasigo Street
Burns, OR 97720


Fax: 541-573-2323