Seasonal Employment with the Ashley National Forest

Great opportunities for Archaeology students or recent graduates

Archaeology Crew Hiking into Timothy Basin in 2009.






Seasonal employment

Ashley National Forest has multiple seasonal employment opportunities each summer for college students and college graduates.  Employment with the Forest provides an opportunity to expand the breadth of your archaeological field experience in archaeology.   

Minimal qualifications for seasonal employment are listed below.  Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated based on their experience and ability to conduct cultural resource field surveys in the Intermountain West. If you don’t have sufficient experience to qualify for the paid positions, please consider applying for the internship program and get the additional experience you need.

GS-5 Archaeological Technician Qualification Requirements:
1.  Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology (or related field), OR
2.  Four years of technical archaeological work experience, OR
3.  A combination technical archaeological work experience and education that provides equivalent knowledge or training as above.

GS-7 Archaeologist Qualifications Requirements:
1.  Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology (or related field) and 1 year of graduate-level education, OR
2.  Five years of technical archaeological work experience, OR
3.  A combination technical archaeological work experience and education that provided equivalent knowledge or training as above.

For information on current seasonal employment opportunities, please see the attached summer employment PDF.

How to Apply for Seasonal Job Opportunities


Duties for Employees

Duties for all positions will involve field work to assist the Forest in completing archaeological field surveys for projects requiring compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Field projects vary by year but typically include surveys in anticipation of prescribed wildlife burns, timber sales, recreation improvements, construction projects, and range improvements.

Employees will work 40 to 50 hours per week (Monday through Friday) and will spend most of their time in the Field.  Archaeological survey on the Ashley National Forest requires hiking in steep and uneven terrain at elevations between 6,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level.  Field crews endure heat, cold, rain, snow, hail, insects, wind, and sun.  Temperature often vary and can range anywhere between 40 degrees F and 100 degrees F.  Most survey projects will be in remote areas and will require carrying 20-30 lb. backpacks with gear, food, and water.  Camping in remote forest locations for several weeks may be required. 

While working with Ashley National forest, participants will gain experience in field survey by reading maps, using compasses, negotiating rough terrain, finding and documenting archaeological sites, taking photographs, and evaluating sites for National Register eligibility.  On the Ashley National Forest, field survey consists of walking linear transects to search for and find cultural resource artifacts and features on the surface of the ground.

About the Ashley National Forest

The archaeology crew excavating the Reeves site. (2007 season)The Ashley National Forest, with headquarters in Vernal, Utah, comprises 1.3 million acres located in the northeastern portion of Utah and southwestern portion of Wyoming.
The Forest is bordered by the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation, the Uinta and Wasatch-Cache National Forests, private property, and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and State of Utah. Dinosaur National Monument is located approximately 10 miles east of the Forest (and Vernal).

The vast Uinta Mountains watershed within the Forest boundary provides vital water supplies for power, industry, farm, and city use in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, and California. Sheep, cattle, and horses graze under permit on over a half million acres of the Forest each season. Over 2.5 million visitors come to the Forest each year to participate in outstanding outdoor recreation activities, such as boating, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding.

The Forest landscape ranges from high desert country to high mountain areas. The elevation varies from a low of 6,000 feet to a high of 13,528 feet above sea level at the summit of Kings Peak (which is the highest peak in Utah).

About the Vernal Area

Vernal, Utah is a relatively remote community of around 15,000. The city is the commercial hub of northeastern Utah and is heavily impacted by Oil and Gas exploration and extraction in the area. Vernal attractions include two theaters, over 20 restaurants, three grocery stores, a community recreation center, a bowling alley, the Utah Museum of Natural History, various retail stores, and several bars.  Medical facilities include a full service hospital, an urgent care center, and numerous doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and medical specialists.  Educational facilities include a High School, a Junior High, a Middle School, and 5 elementary schools.

The archaeology crew practicing with the atlatl. (2009 season)If you have questions please feel free to contact the Ashley National Forest Archaeologist.