Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. This position is located in Lander Wyoming. For information on the city of Lander, please go to:
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The incumbent of this position serves as an Archaeologist in the Lander Field Office. The Archaeologist performs research, field investigations, and integration of results (either their own or those of others) into agency or departmental environmental assessments, impact statements, operational programs, historic preservation compliance reports, and varied types of planning documents, laboratory and other data analysis, library research, interpretation or consultative work, preparation of reports for publication, curatorship and exhibition of collections, or development and implementation of programs and projects which carry out such work. Such work requires a professional knowledge of archaeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques.
Physical Demands: Work is a combination of sedentary activities and duties that involve hiking, driving over rough terrain, bending, stooping, reaching, and lifting.
Work Environment: Work is performed in both office and field settings. Field work may involve exposure to extreme weather, hostile wildlife, chemicals, and physical hazards.
Occasional travel - will be required.
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required; Direct Deposit Required;
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
Background Investigation required.
This position has a positive education requirement: You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: You must have 1 of the following (A-C): A-1.
Education: Degree that included 3 semester hours each in the following course areas: 1) History of archeology 2) Archeology of a major geographical area such as North America or Africa 3) Regional archeology, archeological cultures, or sites in a specific part or portion of a major geographical area to acquire or develop a foundation for regional specialization for professional development 4)Theory and methods of archeology. Methods include, but are not limited to, typology, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating, and analytical techniques 5) Archeological field school, to provide a basic understanding of theoretical and practical approaches to research design implementation, field preservation techniques, and report preparation by participation in actual field work AND Six semester hours of related course work in: 1)geography, geology, or cultural geography 2) history, historiography, or historical archeology 3) environmental studies 4)scientific writing (nonfiction English composition) and/or 5) surveying AND Archeological field school. OR A-2.
Related Curriculum Degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or a related discipline may be accepted as satisfying in full the educational requirements, provided the curriculum supplied academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements in A-1 (including archeological field school). OR B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
OR C. Experience: Four years of archeological work experience that demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional archeology. The work experience must have included archeology field experience, which may include that gained in an archeological field school. Field experience should have included a combination of professional experience in archeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, and preparation of written materials.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-07 for the GS-09 and GS-09 for the GS-11) of the position to be filled.
To qualify at the GS-09 level you must meet the basic requirement AND have: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in Archeology OR and equivalent combination of education and experience. Specialized experience for the GS-09 is defined as: experience working as an archeological staff member, working as a cultural resource expert, working on an archeological dig, and writing archaeological reports, using GIS systems to plot data and create maps.
To qualify at the GS-11 level you must meet the basic requirement AND have: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in Archeology OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Specialized experience for the GS-11 is defined as: work as an archeologist, working in the cultural resource field providing advice and guidance to team members, writing and editing cultural resource reports and reviewing the work of others, independently evaluating and interpreting cultural resources, working as a principal investigator or project manager on an archeological project, or working in a directly related field that included application of archeological principles, concepts and practices relating to management of cultural and historical resources, and work with an office or agency to coordinate, host, and lead consultation with multiple tribal governments.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
To register or verify your registration go to the website. May require completion of a 1-year probationary period. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at or . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy.
You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (for WG) job elements required to do the work of this position:
Knowledge of Federal laws and policies related to cultural resource management.
Skill in writing and reviewing cultural resource inventory reports and evaluating significance of cultural resources.
Knowledge of multiple-resource management and planning.
Knowledge of data and records management and analysis techniques, including GIS.
Ability to effectively communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with a wide range of individuals and groups.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
A copy of ALL your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, .
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit .
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
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