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    This Archeology Technician position is located with the Glacier Ranger District in Girdwood, Alaska.

    For additional information about the position, contact Tim Charnon by email at Timothy.Charnon@usda.gov.

    The salary of the position will be adjusted to include a 2.86% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

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    • Performs the full range of standardized archeological technician support for cultural resources activities.
    • Assists with cultural resource inventories, map preparations, reporting and site monitoring.
    • Prepares Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms.
    • Enters site and inventory information into databases and onto GIS maps.
    • Assists in the preparation of archeological and historical information to create interpretive materials for display and dissemination.
    • Monitors archeological projects to ensure sufficiency of fieldwork.
    • Conducts inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects.
    • Researches reference materials such as State and National Register files, historic documents, archeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas.
    • Insures that archeology work assignments are carried out in safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - The position requires driving and riding in vehicles and boats for long periods of time. Camping for several consecutive nights will be required in addition to some weekend and holiday work.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • 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 E-Verify.
    • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable). Work is performed in wet and cold rainy conditions and requires carrying up to 50lbs off trail in the woods while hiking several miles a day.
    • Work will occur where cell phone communication may not be available during the day.


    You must meet the ANILCA eligibility requirements to be referred for this position.

    Eligibility Requirements: You must have lived and or worked in or near the geographic boundaries of Girdwood, Alaska and have special knowledge or expertise concerning the cultural and/or natural resources of the Girdwood, Whittier or Hope, Alaska area in order to participate in the work involved with cultural resources activities.

    Your responses to the questions in the assessment for this announcement must clearly show that you meet the eligibility requirements.


    Education is not considered for eligibility requirements.

    Additional information

    This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date of one year and may be extended without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or lack of funds.

    The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs.

    If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

    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.

    This is not a bargaining unit position.

    Government housing is not available.

    Federal affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on your responses to the questions in the assessment to determine whether or not you are eligible for appointment under the ANILCA authority.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
    • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD-214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please view Tips for Applicants - a guide to the Forest Service application process.

    Read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. (MST), Monday - Friday. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be returned to Human Resources no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order for it to be entered into the system prior to the closing date.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, in USAJOBS click "Apply" and follow the instructions to attach your resume and required documents, complete the assessment questionnaire, and submit your application.

    NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Agency contact information

    HRM Contact Center


    USDA Forest Service HRM Contact Center
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
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    The 5.6 million acre Chugach National Forest forms a great arch around Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. The forest stretches more than 200 miles from the Kenai Peninsula to the Bering Glacier east of Cordova.

    The Chugach is a forest formed by the actions of glaciers. Vast ice fields feed glaciers, which have carved out valleys in the mountains and calve icebergs where the glaciers meet the sea. In the summer, wildflowers and green vegetation flourish under nineteen hours of sunlight. You can enjoy this awe-inspiring landscape by hiking, skiing, flying, boating, kayaking or snow-machining. The two major Forest programs are fish and wildlife habitat restoration and recreation management.

    The Chugach is the most northerly forest and has three distinct geographic areas. Prince William Sound encompasses almost half of the of the 5.6 million acres. It is an area of forested islands, intricate coastlines, and tidewater glaciers, with portions still recovering from the Exxon Valdez Oils Spill of 1989. The Copper River Delta encompasses almost a third of the forest. Congress established the area expressly for the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats. The Kenai Peninsula comprises 20 percent of the Chugach. Its lands, mountains, and rivers are the most accessible of the three areas with an extensive trail system, state highways and the Alaska Railroad.

    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS to check your application status.

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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