Student Trainee (Archeology)

Department Of Agriculture Davis , CA 95616

Posted 3 days ago

  • Duties

HelpDuties Summary

Positions are being filled under the Pathways Student Internship Authority which is designed to provide students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore federal careers while in school.

Student Trainees will perform the following duties under direct supervision. Assignments will be developmental in nature and will assist the employee in gaining the competencies necessary for a career.

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  • Conducts research in archaeological databases and other records systems to identify potential sites.

  • Determines the location of major cultural resources in different environments and assists in adapting methodologies to address such concerns. Utilizes Geographic Positioning System equipment and other techniques.

  • Assists the State Cultural Resources Coordinator (CRC) with investigations of proposed projects on state and private lands to meet NRCS policy in compliance with State and Federal law in regards to Cultural Resources.

  • Prepares reports of findings and recommendations for NRCS and other agencies.

  • Assists the State Cultural Resources Coordinator (CRC) to provide guidance and training on cultural resources issues to the field.

  • Assists in developing technical cultural resource sections of contracts, environmental documents, agreement documents and other instruments of agency intent in the state.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0199 Social Science Student Trainee

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by your academic institution.

  • Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree

  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution

  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways

  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Successful completion of two-year trial period

  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

  • Duty Location may change during internship based upon training needs or upon conversion.

  • This position requires the incumbent to possess a valid state driver's license.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a certificate or degree-seeking student at a qualifying accredited educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education;

  • Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time as defined by your educational institution;

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or equivalent) to qualify for the intern program and to stay throughout the duration of their intern in, or related to, the internship opportunity being advertised. Examples of relevant educational fields for this position include but are not limited to: Archeology, Anthropology, Historiography, Ethnology, Geography, Cultural Geography, Environmental Studies, Surveying, or other archaeology-related disciplines that will allow applicants to qualify for the conversion requirements listed below.

Position Qualifications:
Applicants must meet position qualifications requirements as shown below at the time of appointment. The agency must be able to verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.

Below is the education requirement to be qualified for this position:

  • GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelors degree or higher.

One full academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours or the equivalent as defined by the accredited college or university.

Conversion Information: Candidates selected from this announcement may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service, provided that all terms of the Internship Program are met and there is an available position. Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed and is at agency discretion.

Pathways Interns may convert to a permanent position in the same occupational series (e.g., GS-0193) as outlined in the intern's Pathways agreement. Upon conversion to the competitive service, this position will have a career ladder up to the GS-9 full performance level. To be eligible for conversion, you must satisfactorily complete all Pathways Program requirements:

  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation;

  • Complete all mandatory training requirements;

  • Meet performance expectations and be recommended for conversion;

  • Meet suitability requirements; and

  • Meet the position's Qualification Requirements of the associated occupational series as outlined in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, General Schedule Qualifications Standards. See the link below:

GS-0193 Basic Requirement:
1.Degree that included 3 semester hours each in the following course 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.


  • 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;


  • Archeological field school.
    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 above (including archeological field school).


College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your college transcript or high school diploma/GED certificate as proof that you meet the educational requirements for the grade to which you are applying. You may submit unofficial copies of transcripts at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entrance-on-duty. See "Required Documents" section for more details.

MUST PROVIDE all transcripts/proof of enrollment/acceptance, and/or current class schedule.

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

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Student Trainee (Archeology)

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