Posted on
March 14, 2019
Company: Santa Fe National Forest
Type: Full Time

GS-0193-7/9 TERM Position
Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez RangerDistrict

Come join our SouthwestJemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (CFLRP)Team!


TheSanta Fe National Forest is outreaching to fill a TERM Archaeologist (GS-0193-7/9)position with a duty station at the Jemez Ranger District located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Following is a brief sketch of the major duties of the position, the Forest, and the community of Jemez Springs.

This is a TERM position, not to exceed four years. The position serves as Southwest Jemez Mountain Landscape project Archaeologist with the primary duty station located at the Jemez Ranger Station in Jemez Springs,NM. The incumbent will work primarily on the Jemez Ranger District under the direction of the District Archaeologists. The principal duties include coordinating with District and Forest resource staff personnel during project planning and implementation,providing archaeological expertise on interdisciplinary NEPA Teams, completion of Section 106 and Section 110 work, and providing Heritage input and direction for the Southwest Jemez Mountain Landscape Restoration Project.

Duties also include:
·        survey and protecting historic and prehistoric properties;
·        assessing and treating fuels on cultural resource sites to protect them from the effects of fire;
·        coordinating with partners involved in the Southwest Jemez project;
·        writing and editing cultural resource technical reports;
·        Managing the Archaeological Site Thinning contract;
·        Supervising a crew of up to six temporary employees.

The incumbent may also periodically assist with tribal consultation.

The position requires both office and field work. Office work requires the ability to use a computer and knowledge of word processing and analytical computer programs such as INFRA, ArcGIS, Excel and other databases. Field work requires archaeological surveying and recording historic and prehistoric sites.Knowledge of GPS, compass, and map reading tools is required. The incumbent should be a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or obtain COR qualifications within six months of selection. The incumbent is also expected to take a proactive role in the protection of cultural resources during fire management actions, and it is preferred that they have valid red card qualifications or be able to obtain them.

Competitive candidates must be able to demonstrate:
  - Knowledge of archaeological methods and theory  
  - Proficiency in archaeological fieldwork  
  - Proficiency in archaeological site treatment to mitigate the effects of fire on cultural resources  
  - Strong NHPA skills  
  - Strong GIS and database management skills  
  - Strong communication and writing skills  
We are seeking an outgoing and energetic person with great organizational skills who can help the District accomplish a complex program of work. The Southwest Jemez Mountain Landscape Restoration project is challenging and requires the ability to cooperate with a number of specialists and handle multiple ongoing projects at once. The archaeological resources on the Jemez Ranger Districts is extraordinary and includes over 4,000 cultural resource sites.


The Santa Fe National Forest in the Southwestern Region has1.5 million acres of mountains, valleys and mesas, ranging from 5,000 to 13,000feet high. The Santa Fe National Forest is divided into Ranger Districts with offices at Coyote, Cuba, Jemez Springs, Pecos, Las Vegas, and Espanola. The Forest Supervisor's Office is located at 11 Forest Lane approximately 6 miles southwest of Santa Fe, off of the NM 14 and NM 599 intersection; directly east of the new Rail Runner Express Santa Fe County/NM 599 Station. Neighboring Forests include the Carson NF, and the Cibola NF.

Recreational and cultural experiences branch out in all directions, and you don’t have to go far to find the ruins and petroglyphs from ancient Indian civilizations and incredible scenic features as you travel through colorful  volcanic formations, deep river gorges, and beautiful pine, fir, spruce and aspen forests. The urban populations in Albuquerque,Santa Fe and other communities rely heavily on the Forest for recreational activities, including skiing and snowboarding, river rafting and boating,hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and hunting. Rural residents use thef orest more often for family-oriented gatherings, cattle ranching, fire woodcutting, and collecting piñon nuts and herbs.

The cultural influence, art, and architecture from the Native American pueblos and Spanish American villages of northern New Mexico are unique to this part of the nation and world. 


Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico,about 1.5 hours northwest of Albuquerque, NM and 1 hour west of Los Alamos, NM;off State Highway 4. The village is a good jumping point to some of the best recreation and site seeing opportunities New Mexico has to offer. The village population is 375 with a nice small town atmosphere and a thriving Farmer’s Market.The District is covered under the recently released Locality Area for the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas Combined Statistical Area.  Jemez Springs has small local hotels,restaurants, bars, a specialty coffee shop, convenience store, and bank. Public amenities include a police station, elem./middle/high school and a recently upgraded public library.

The area has recreational opportunities in all directions and types, depending upon the season. The Jemez Springs area is renowned for its big game populations and fisheries. Mountain biking is another recreational use of the area with White Mesa to the south and endless amounts of trails and 2 track roads throughout the Jemez Springs and adjacent districts. Excellent downhill and cross country ski opportunities are available locally at Pajarito Mountain and Santa Fe Ski areas, also Durango Mountain Resort (DMR) and Wolf Creek ski resorts of Colorado are a short drive from Jemez Springs.  The Valles Caldera Preserve is located adjacent to the Jemez District and offers many recreational opportunities both guided and unguided. Many of the small creeks and rivers of the area are populated by native and introduced species of trout and available for anglersto enjoy.

 FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley, at (575) 829-3535, or Peter Taylor, District Archaeologist, at the same phone number.

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