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Chris McConnell | GovCentral


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Department of the Interior


Bureau of Land Management


Preserve the history of our natural resources. Archaeology aids and technicians assist professional resource specialists with on-the- ground field studies to identify cultural, historical, and/or paleontological resources. Work may involve designing and conducting inventories; compiling and interpreting collected data; researching reference materials; writing reports on inventory activities; or preparing documents for determination of eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places.

The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.


To be a full fledged Archaeologist, you’ll need at minimum an Undergraduate Degree in Archelogy or a related field like Anthropolgy. Many people start out as Archaeology Technicians and work their way up.


Technicians start anywhere from a GS-3 to a GS-7 depending on previous work and education experience. For the 2010 Fiscal Year, this is projected to be between $21,947 to $34,147 starting out. Congress is still debating the pay increase. The salary may increase based on the locality of the position.

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