Message #53
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'"

Date: Wed, 04 Feb 1998 20:40:15
Subject: Volunteer Natural Bridges NM Arch Inventory Survey

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

[ A PDF file is posted on the SWA job opportunities page
at; plain text below -SASIG Ed. ]

From: Cathy Spude

The attached announcement is for volunteers for the NPS
Natural Bridges National Monument archeological inventory
survey project this coming summer.

PLEASE POST! VOLUNTEER The National Park Service is accepting
applications from students in archaeology who are interested
in participating as volunteers in an archaeological inventory
Natural Bridges National Monument was established early in
this century to preserve three graceful sandstone bridges
carved by millennia of stream flooding, and to safeguard the
prehistoric sites in and around the canyons spanned by the
bridges. The park was initially inhabited by Archaic hunter-
gatherers then Basketmaker and Puebloan farmers. More recently,
Ute, Paiute and Navajo lived in the area, hunting, herding, and
gathering natural resources. The monument is located in
southeastern Utah and is encompassed by two major canyons deeply
incised below the surrounding plateau. Rainfall averages only
about 13 inches per year and elevations in the monument range
from 6,000 to 6,600 feet above sea level. Pinon juniper woodlands
cover the mesa tops, and hanging gardens are found along the
canyon walls. -- The Survey -- The purpose of the Natural Bridges
Survey is to conduct an inventory of archaeological sites on all
park lands. Sites will be identified and recorded, and all
analysis of architecture and artifacts will be performed in the
field. Crews will also record environmental information on site
locations. It will be a pedestrian survey, requiring full days of
hiking and field recording in difficult terrain and in all kinds
of weather. Applicants must be in good health and able to face
uncomfortable conditions with a sense of humor. -- Volunteering --
Volunteers will work as crew members alongside professional
archaeologists. Beginning with on-site instruction and guidance,
each volunteer will develop a full complement of general survey
skills such as site identification, map reading, compass use,
aerial photo interpretation, and site mapping, and acquire
expertise in one technical area, such as architectural, ceramic,
and/or lithic artifact analysis. -- Camp Living -- Volunteers will
stay with the archaeology crew in a tent camp near Natural Bridges
National Monument. A camp cook will prepare all meals. Volunteers
will pay for the cost of their food, but will be reimbursed for
the full amount under the volunteers in Parks program. All survey
and camping equipment, including tents and daypacks, will be
provided, but all personal gear (sleeping bags and pads, hiking
boots, rain gear, etc.) must be provided by individual volunteers.
Work is expected to begin Tuesday, May 26, 1998 and is anticipated
to end Monday, August 24, 1997. Fieldwork will be conducted in
eight sessions, with each session consisting of eight 10-hour work
days, followed by six days off. The six days off provide an ideal
opportunity to explore the redrock canyon country of SE Utah.
During the breaks volunteers will be responsible for their own
transportation and food. -- Requirements -- Preference will be
given to applicants who volunteer for the full season (May 26 to
August 24) and who are students in archeology or related fields
although non-student or half season applicants will be considered.
All applicants must be in excellent health with no special dietary
requirements. To apply: Submit (1) a letter stating why you wish
to volunteer, and how participation will further your career or
personal goals; (2) a letter of recommendation from a faculty
member; and (3) a brief resume including relevant experience, by
March 20, 1998 to: Catherine H. Spude, National Park Service,
IMSF-CAP, PO Box 728, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0728; (505)