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Job Title:Supervisory Anthropologist, GS-0190-14/15 (HRF 12-216)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:12-216 (SR723073)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, August 10, 2012 to Monday, October 01, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


Current and/or former Federal employees with competitive status. Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement.


This vacancy announcement has been modified to extend the closing date to Monday, October 1, 2012. 

The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans.  Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources. 

Experience Your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

This is a Career/Career Conditional full-time appointment.

Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.
Full Performance Level: 15
Note: This position is concurrently open under Announcement Number SR724077 under delegated examining procedures.  See HRF 12-226 for specific instructions on how to apply under that announcement.
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  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Pre-employment background investigation is required.
  • Pre-employment National Agency Check (NAC) must be completed.
  • Must provide Social Security Number to be considered.
  • All supporting documents must be received by the closing date.


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As the Senior Anthropologist, you will be responsible for:

o    Leading the Tribal Relations and American Cultures division in Washington and be the senior anthropologist among those in the National Park Service working with diverse communities such as Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, as well as other groups culturally affiliated with park units. 

o    Promoting the capability of park staff to communicate with and better understand traditionally associated communities for the sake of the park resources and communities’ well being.

o    Providing cultural anthropological expertise, advice, analysis required to manage available resources to reach decisions and establish and implement the objectives of the Associate Director, Cultural Resources and the National Park Service. 

o    Initiating and completing anthropological studies to identify, evaluate, and document park resources traditionally important to Native American, Africian American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Euro-American and other ethnic and occupationally defined groups and communities associated with NPS park units.  Work with planners to identify traditionally associated groups with proposed protected areas and resources at such areas that are of critical importance to these peoples. 

o    Oversees project development and review, publications, special studies, guidelines and standards for the Tribal Relations and American Cultures division

o    Promoting the Tribal Relations and American Cultures program through presentations at symposia, colloquia and work groups, professional publications in refereed journals, design and maintenance of program web pages on issues involving Native, ethnic, and occupational groups associated with NPS resources and resource management.

o    Completing cultural anthropological studies consistent with federal regulations and statutes

o    Ensure that appropriate and substantive communications and coordination exists between Washington, regional, and park cultural resource programs and government and non-government partners to protect, understand, and interpret significant resources and peoples.


Position Location:  Washington, DC.


For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Sande McDermott, Deputy ADCRPS 202-354-2230 


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Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in an appropriate field of anthropology.




Possesses a combination of education and experience—courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in an appropriate field of anthropology, or related course work, plus appropriate experience or additional education




Possesses four years of appropriate experience in anthropology performing research, museum work, or similar professional-level work.



Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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:  designing, implementing, and evaluating anthropological research to learn about contemporary American groups commonly associated with protected areas; research that demonstrates experience with cultural variability across American society; development of an anthropological perspective detailing the impact of laws and existing regulations guiding federal agencies, and resulting in the identification of policy issues and actual or potential problems in protected areas and or neighboring communities. 



Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service that demonstrates skill designing, implementing, and evaluating anthropological research to learn about contemporary American groups commonly associated with protected areas; skill in interpreting laws, regulations, and procedures to recommend changes and evaluate the trends and quality of contemporary anthropological research, and promoting and articulating the public benefits of anthropology.   This cultural anthropological research must demonstrate experience with, and knowledge of, cultural variability across American society, the impacts of laws and existing regulations guiding federal agencies, and resulting in the identification of policy issues and actual or potential problems in protected areas and or neighboring communities for which an anthropological perspective can aid in resolving. 




Time-In-Grade: Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past 52 weeks to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met.  To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking.  Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.


Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

For further information on creditable education, visit: and

Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at:


If you currently occupy, or have occupied a position in the Federal service at or above the full performance grade level (FPL) of this position, check the box for specialty code Non-Competitive.  If you have not occupied a position in the Federal service at or above the full performance grade level (FPL) of this position, check the box for specialty code Competitive.


Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements.   In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.   To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions


The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:


KSA-1. Knowledge of applied anthropology and diverse anthropological methods and theories.

KSA-2. Knowledge of laws and regulations related to the practice and use of anthropological techniques and data, and familiarity with the fields of historic preservation and cultural conservation in addition to anthropology.

KSA-3. Skill in developing public anthropological policies and administrative procedures, and in implementing such policies and procedures through effective coordination in government and with the professional historic preservation and protected areas management community.

KSA-4. Skill in communicating technical and non-technical materials to a variety of audiences in multiple formats.

KSA-5. Ability to supervise staff and manage a program.


Basis for rating:


You will be scored based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.   We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.   If you rated yourself higher than supported by your application materials, your score may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.


DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the HR Franchise Office.




Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.  The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement.

You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to employees.  The following web address is provided as a reference to explore the major benefits offered to most employees:




Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.


Government housing is not available.


Applicants must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Travel is required. 4 Nights per month.


Position is subject to Supervisory Probation Period


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 Selective Service Law.

Physical demands: The work is basically sedentary, but requires the incumbent to attend meetings, conferences and project inspections in the field. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 


Work environment: The work is largely performed in an office environment.  The environment involves normal everyday risks or discomforts typical of offices, meeting rooms, and travel. 


ICTAP/CTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.
Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) – To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must: be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.  Veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour are considered to be eligible.  (“Active service” defined in title 37, United States Code, means active duty in the uniformed services and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary.)  You must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof.


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To apply for this position, provide a complete application package, which includes both of the following parts:


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume or application and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference, SF-50 or transcripts, etc.).
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Monday, October 01, 2012.  We do not accept hard-copy or email application packages.  You must apply online or via fax (see instructions below).

Applying Online:
. To begin the application process on-line, click on the Apply Online Button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire.

. Please be sure to click on the Submit My Answers button at the end at the process.  To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, using the Vacancy ID: 723073.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

Applying via fax:
. Click this link View Occupational Questionnaire
to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire
. Print the 1203FX form found at to provide your response to the Assessment Questionnaire
. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume or application and any required documentation to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as your cover sheet.


1. Go to and log in using your USAStaffing Application Manager User Name and Password.
2. Verify that your questionnaire, resume, and supporting documents were submitted successfully by clicking on the appropriate vacancy id.
3. Verify that all of your documents were submitted by reviewing the table.
If an item (Type of Document) on the table appears with a status of "OK", that Item was successfully submitted.



If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to  Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Forms and additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at

For additional information on this announcement, contact:

Name: Jamie Phelps
Phone: 303-985-6851

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number 723073 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD214 to show Veteran's Preference, SF-50, transcripts, etc.).


Jamie M. Phelps
Phone: (303)985-6851
Agency Information:
WASO HR Franchise
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO


Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is.  We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.

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12-216 (SR723073)

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