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Archeologist

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U.S. Department of the Interior

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Summary This position is located in Kotzebue, in the Cultural Resources Division. Please visit for additional park information. This is a Permanent Career\/Career-Conditional Full-Time appointment. This position is concurrently open under Announcement Number AK-1537-WEAR-18-10108113-ST for merit promotion eligibles. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation. Government housing is available. Responsibilities You will serve as the shared archeologist for Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR) and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (BELA) and is based in Kotzebue, Alaska. Supervision is provided by the Chief of Resources in Western Arctic National Parklands who is based in Kotzebue, Alaska. The primary archeological responsibilities of the position are to develop and conduct new archeological research and projects, develop funding proposals, synthesize current and previous research into reports and publications, use GPS and Geographic Information System (GIS) to conduct projects and write publications regarding projects, use and maintain computer database programs to track archeological information, and plan and conduct National Historic Preservation Act Section 110 and Section 106 compliance activities including monitoring ground-disturbance and resource monitoring fieldwork. You will conduct public outreach about projects, and participate in professional meetings. Up to 2 months of fieldwork may occur between the months of June and September in WEAR and BELA. Fieldwork involves camping and hiking with heavy loads in remote locations accessed by motorized watercraft, fixed-wing aircraft, and\/or helicopters. Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level. For additional information about the position, you may call Hillary Robison, Chief of Resources at 907-442-8310. Travel Required 50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position. Who May Apply This job is open to\u2026 U.S. Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. This is a drug testing designated position. You must maintain a valid state driver's license. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. This position is subject to drug testing based on the collateral duty requiring firearms in the back-country or other locations for non-law enforcement reasons such as protection from animals. You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. You will be required to operate an ATV and Snowmachine or similar over-snow vehicle and skis and snowshoes for backcountry winter travel. You will be required to operate a small water craft less than 26 feet in length to transport personnel (including visitors), tools and materials\/supplies to job\/work sites. You may be required to have a current Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course (DOI-MOCC) certificate. This duty requires drug testing. You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work. If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 7-14 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes. You may be required to complete training and obtain\/maintain a government charge card with travel and\/or purchase authority. Qualifications Basic Education and\/or Experience Requirement: You must meet one of the basic education and\/or experience requirements listed below to qualify for this GS-0193 Archeologist position. A. You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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; 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. (Copy of transcripts is required) OR B. You must have successfully completed related curriculum: a bachelor's or higher degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or a related discipline, provided the curriculum supplied academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements in A (including archeological field school). (Copy of transcripts is required) OR C. You must possess a combination of college-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. (Copy of transcripts is required) OR D. You must possess four years of archeological work experience that demonstrates 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. To qualify for the GS-0193-09 Archeologist position you must meet the basic education and\/or experience requirement as listed above plus one of the specialized experience or education requirements listed below: A. You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: participating in archaeological surveys, testing, excavation, and monitoring projects; writing archeological survey and excavation reports; and performing laboratory analysis of archeological materials; using GPS and GIS to record archeological site and features. OR B. You must have successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, in archeology, anthropology, or other directly-related subject matter. (Copy of transcripts is required) OR C. You must have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. To calculate your percentage of qualifying graduate education, divide your number of semester hours in excess of 18 semester hours by 18 or the number your school uses to represent one year of full time graduate academic study. To calculate your percentage of experience, divide your months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. Add the two percentages. They must equal 100% to qualify using this option. (Copy of transcripts is required) To qualify for the GS-0193-11 Archeologist position you must meet the basic education and\/or experience requirement as listed above plus one of the specialized experience or education requirements listed below: A. You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: planning and conducting archeological investigations; conducting archeological surveys, testing, excavation, and monitoring of projects; performing field inspections, research, and project resource assessments; reviewing cultural resource permits and fieldwork plans; utilizing computerized systems to process, and analyze archaeological data; planning long range protection and management of cultural resources. OR B. You must have the one year of specialized experience as defined above; however, I have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, in archeology, anthropology, or other directly-related subject matter. OR C. You must have one year of specialized experience, or the two years of graduate education in a directly related field as described in above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. To calculate your percentage of qualifying graduate education, divide your number of semester hours in excess of 36 semester hours by 18 or the number your school uses to represent one year of full time graduate academic study. To calculate your percentage of experience, divide your months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. Add the two percentages. They must equal 100% to qualify using this option. (Copy of transcripts is required) Volunteer Experience: 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 include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and\/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as \varies\. Education To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Additional information The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment. Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor. Physical Demands: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work are sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time. Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, firelines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts and forests. Flying in fixed winged aircraft and helicopters is possible. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, . How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating. Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job. You will be evaluated on the following competencies: History and ArchaeologyResearchTeamworkTechnology Application Background checks and security clearance

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