Message #161:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Outreach for Archaeologist
Date: Tue, 21 May 96 12:58:00 MST
Encoding: 102 TEXT

From: Michael 'Smoke' Pfeiffer 

In case you know anyone interested in applying.  If you like the wide open 
spaces, and if you were looking for a job in the middle of nowhere ... this 
is it!  This position which is purportedly to be advertised in Early June 
may go in service as well as advertised as a Demo.  These three districts 
have the greatest historic and prehistoric resources in all of Nevada.


The Central Nevada Ecosystem of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests will soon 
be advertising to fill an archaeologist position to serve on our planning 
and monitoring team.  This position is a vital component of our team, 
providing broad-scale knowledge of cultural resources and management, and 
integrating this knowledge with understanding of ecosystem health and 
sustainability needs.  As part of the planning and monitoring team, the 
incumbent synthesizes disciplinary knowledge into holistic ecosystem 
management perspectives and plans. This position plays an important role in 
planning (NFMA and NEPA), monitoring (particularly ecosystem-wide 
effectiveness and validation monitoring), and adaptation of plans (through 
area analysis and Forest plan revisions).  The person is responsible for 
coordinating efforts that contribute to the restoration and maintenance of 
ecosystem health, and assuring that public benefits and uses are provided 
within the capabilities of healthy ecosystems. There is direct 
responsibility for monitoring conditions and trends to develop a better 
understanding of ecosystem functioning and response over time.

Information about the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests
The Humboldt and Toiyabe National Forests were recently combined 
administratively.  Four Ecosystems and a Supply Center comprise the major 
organizational units.  Each Ecosystem includes one to several ranger 
districts/work centers.  Central Nevada Ecosystem consists of Austin, Ely 
and Tonopah ranger districts/work centers.  It is both a challenging and 
rewarding time to be a member of our team.  If you are a forward thinker and 
a person who wants to be a part of the Forest Service of the Twenty-First 
Century, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests may be the right place for 

Location and Quality of Life
Central Nevada Ecosystem includes portions of Eureka, Lander, Nye, and White 
Pine Counties, Nevada.  This position will be located at the Ecosystem 
Coordination Center in Ely (White Pine County), Nevada. Ely is a full 
service community of over 6,000 people located in Eastern Nevada.  If you 
like country, you'll like Ely:  it's 185 miles from Elko, Nevada; 240 miles 
from Salt Lake City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada; and 320 miles from Reno, 
Nevada.  The Ely area has several grade schools, a middle school and a new 
high school.  It is also served by a branch of Great Basin Community 
College.  Ely has a full service hospital, two medical clinics with several 
doctors, and an extended care facility, as well as dentists, eye doctors, a 
new dermatologist, and veterinarian services.  Ely has nearly all the 
recognized service clubs and churches, as well as organizations that promote 
various local interests such as photography, railroading, shooting, 
bowhunting, horseback riding, and ultralight flying. Ely also has a nice 
golf course. Mining is the historical foundation of Ely and the surrounding 
communities. Tourism and entrepreneurial businesses are growing.  There are 
many restaurants and casinos in town, plus a hardware store, major food 
store, and many other convenience stores.

Housing is somewhat limited.  There are some older homes, several new homes, 
and a fairly new subdivision.  There are also a number of apartment 
complexes. Prices for homes range from S60,000 on up, with the average price 
being approximately S75,000-S100,000.  The average rent is S450 per month. 
Government housing is not available.

Geography and Climate
Ely is a part of the Great Basin high desert.  Elevation ranges from 
approximately 6,400 feet at Ely up to 13,000 feet in the surrounding 
mountains.  The area is dry with an average rainfall of 9 inches in the 
valleys to 15 inches or more in the surrounding mountains.  Summer 
temperatures in Ely rarely reach the 100 mark.  Usually mid to low 90's are 
the average summer temperatures.  Summer weather also brings great 
thunderstorms.  In the winter people can count on minus 20 degree lows on 
many occasions, usually overnight, while daytime winter temperatures range 
around the low double digits.  Snowfall varies, but most storms generate no 
more than 6-8" of snow in the valleys, while mountains will get 
substantially more.

Recreational and Cultural Appreciation Opportunities
Central Nevada Ecosystem, including nearly 4 million acres of national 
forest, has several designated wilderness areas, several developed and 
dispersed camping areas, and miles of riding, hiking and biking trails. 
 Great Basin National Park, Ruby Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, and several 
State Parks and Historic Sites are nearby.  We have excellent wildlife 
viewing opportunities, and hunting for mule deer, elk, mountain lion, blue 
grouse, sage grouse, chukkar and cottontail rabbit.  Cross-country skiing, 
horse-packing, hiking, fishing, and camping are popular outdoor activities. 
 Historic tourism and appreciation are popular as well:  exploring ghost 
towns, annual historic and cultural celebrations, and archaeological studies 
are common community and visitor activities.  In addition, Native American 
communities and cultures play an important role in painting the Nevada 

For More Information...
If you would like to know more about Central Nevada Ecosystem, the 
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests and the position, please contact Monica 
Schwalbach at 702/289-3031 (R04F09A).  We look forward to hearing from you!