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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a staff specialist in planning and application activities on all archaeological and historical cultural resources, including Native American issues and concerns.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Define areas of major cultural resource and environmental concerns; design and implement methodologies to address such concerns; and determine and prioritizes allocation of time and resources to best achieve annual goals of the cultural resource program.
Provide technical cultural resource sections of contracts, environmental documents, agreement documents, state and tribal cultural resource agreements and other instruments of agency intent; and, prepares and maintains all bulletins, technical guides, and General Manual information dealing with cultural resources.
Collaboratively develop and implement ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of the products and services provided to internal and external customers.
Provide administrative support for all aspects of the cultural resource program; prepares regular and special reports as required.
Occasional travel - Approximately 25%
Who May ApplyThis job is open to US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A 1-year probationary or trial period may be required.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.
Physical Demands: This position requires both sedentary work, usually performed in an office setting, and moderate physical exertion, usually associated with outside field work.
It is a requirement to visit job sites where extensive walking on rough terrain with moderate climbing, bending, lifting, carrying moderately heavy objects and being outdoors in all types of weather may be required. Field visits are made to project locations to inventory and otherwise gather cultural resources and Tribal data. Adverse weather and unimproved roads are often encountered during field visits and may require the use of special protective equipment.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following:
If called for an interview, applicants must be available to interview within 3 business days of being contacted.
If a tentative job offer is extended, selectee will have 2 business days in which to accept or decline.
All applicants must meet all qualifications such as the education requirement and the specialized experience requirements listed below by the closing date of the announcement.
Basic Education Requirement:
Degree: that included 3 semester hours each in the following areas: History of archeology; Archeology of a major geographical area such as North America or Africa; 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; Theory and methods of archeology. Methods include, but are not limited to, typology, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating, and analytical techniques; 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: geography, geology, or cultural geography; history, historiography, or historical archeology; environmental studies; scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or surveying; AND
Archeological field school.
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 above (including archeological field school).
Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
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. Applicants with such field experience should, after additional experience under the direction of a higher grade archeologist, be able to demonstrate the ability to be a crew chief, directing the work of others at a single location as a part of a larger archeological project.
In addition to meeting one of the basic requirements listed above, you must also meet at least one of the Minimum Qualification Requirements below for this position.
Minimum Qualifications Requirements, GS-11:
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the Federal GS-9 level or higher, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience that would be creditable for this position include duties such as planning and conducting archeological investigations; conducting or overseeing work in support of historic excavations; performing field inspections, research and assessments related to North American archeological resources; OR
Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:
Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in History, Cultural Anthropology, Archeology, Museum work or another closely related discipline; OR
Possess a combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.
Minimum Qualifications Requirement, GS-12:
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-12 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the Federal GS-11 level or higher, or comparable experience not gained through federal service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience that would be creditable for this position include professional-level work providing cultural resource program support and professional advice in a position whose main function centered around cultural resource; participating as a professional member of a archaeology or cultural resource research team; planning or participating in the planning of cultural resource projects or studies; researching, developing, and preparing archaeology/cultural-resource-related manuscripts; and/or performing collections management, registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, and conservation of cultural-resource-related collections. This work must include performing the full range of archaeology/cultural resources-related tasks consisting of relatively simple to complex complete projects or total phases of larger projects, and you must be able to act independently in carrying out recurring conventional workload based on available technical criteria and practices.
Note: There is not an educational substitution for experience at the GS-12 grade level.
Quality Ranking Factor (QRF): Additional credit will be given to applicants who meet this factor: A graduate degree in archeology, history, architectural history, and/or historic architecture; OR a Bachelor's degree in archeology, history, architectural history, and/or historic architecture plus a combination of at least two years of full-time experience, professional activity, and/or substantial contributions through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the disciplines noted above.
Experience Note: 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 submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement.
You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration.
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.
Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly. Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Click on this link for more information.
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