Rio Grande National Forest - Monte Vista, Colorado

Heritage Program Fellow

The Heritage Program Fellow will assist the Rio Grande National Forest Heritage Program in supporting Sections 106 (compliance) and 110 (research and education) of the National Historic Preservation Act, while also helping to meet the Forest’s Heritage Program Managed to Standard target (HPMtS) that includes education and community outreach targets. Some of the main tasks and goals for this position include:  

  • Assist in the performance of cultural resource investigations including records and literature searches, and archival studies.
  • Also assists in fieldwork research consisting of reconnaissance and surveys, and test excavations.
  • Help prepare reports documenting the studies and arranging for the dissemination of the information to the public.
  • Prepare data obtained from fieldwork for inclusion in cultural resource reports.
  • Assist in inputting site and survey data into the new Natural Resource Manager Heritage Application database.
  • Assist in supervising archaeologists in the accession of new and legacy archaeological collections.
  • Develop synthesis of Hispanic sheepherding data and present findings as part of the Lifeways Lecture Series at Adams State University spring 2018.
  • Sheepherding Oral History and Data Synthesis Project will be an important contribution to the unit and the Valley in terms of little understood and oft overlooked Hispanic history of the area.


  • Undergraduate, graduate degree, or equivalent experience pertaining to archaeological and archival work.
  • Good understanding of archaeological principles, theories, concepts methods and techniques.
  • Archaeological field school and/or some field survey experience is preferred.
  • Some GIS experience would be ideal.
  • Be able to work with a crew and a program during times of quickly changing priorities.
  • Individual should have a level of fitness to walk distances across variable terrain, at high altitude in variable weather conditions.


Housing will be arranged at a nearby federal site or similar facility.


A driver’s license is required to operate government vehicles for work duties. Depending on final housing arrangements, a vehicle will likely be needed for daily commute.