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Job Title:Archaeologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2013-0042

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0193-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

The work schedule for this position is full-time. - This is a permanent position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Battle Mountain District, NVView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This recruitment can be used to fill positions in either Battle Mountain, Nevada or Tonopah, Nevada for more information about each visit the  Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Tonopah Chamber of Commerce web sites.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES:

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Develops and maintains a cultural resource information base for the field. Conducts inventories, which may include compiling and analyzing existing data from institutional files and databases, professional literature, archival and other historical documents, original interviews, and other indirect sources. Participate as a team member in preparing multiple-use resource management plans and environmental impact documents, identifying special cultural resource considerations, potential multiple-use conflicts, and potential impacts to cultural resources. Review applications for cultural resource use permits and fieldwork authorizations, recommending approval or denial and/or changes in work proposed or personnel to be utilized. Helps prepare the cultural resources portions of the current budget and program work plans. Establishes and maintains continuing relationships with a variety of publics such as individual public land users, contractors, permit holders, and educational institutions through informal contacts, formal presentations, and public meetings. Consult internally with other archeologists and resource specialists in Field, District and State Offices and externally with State and Federal Agency cultural resource professionals and educators. Provides Field Office employees technical advice and information regarding cultural resource management laws, regulations, and policies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. 1. Degree: That included three (3.0) 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 (6.0) 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. --OR-- 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 in A.1 (including archeological field school). --OR-- B. Combination of education and experience - college level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. --OR-- C. Experience - four (4) 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.

All applicants need to clearly state their undergraduate & graduate degree(s) and submit ALL their college transcript(s) for all degrees conferred.

Specialized Experience Requirements : In addition to meeting the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience or additional education requirements for each grade, be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify at GS-09: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-07 in the Federal service, assisting in the surveying, compiling and interpretation of archeological and historical data of a specific geographical area; make professional recommendations on archeological and historical resources affected by surface disturbances. --OR-- two (2) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate degree –OR—a combination of education and experience as outlined above.

To qualify at GS-11:One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-09 in the Federal service, author or review cultural resource sections of resource management plans; develop mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects to historic properties; supervise activities to protect and improve the conditions of cultural resources. --OR-- completion of three (3) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree –OR—a combination of education and experience as outlined above.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


This position falls under the group qualification standard for Professional and Scientific positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for the Archeology Series.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. The physical demands of this position are: considerable walking, bending, climbing, and driving over rough terrain is required in performing fieldwork.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1: Knowledge of archeological principles, concepts, and practices.

KSA 2: Knowledge of data and spatial automated systems and ability to personally use these resoures in the performance of assigned duties. 

KSA 3: Familarity with other resource activites and programs, especially those involving extensive surface disturbance and having serious serious conflicts with cultural resources. 

KSA 4: Knowledge and skill in effective communication principles, techniques, methods, and interpersonal relations practices.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at OPM.GOV.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.                                                      

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

May require completion of a one year trial period.

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  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 the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

Occasional travel may be required.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.

For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other non-competitive Special Appointing Authorities, you must submit proof of eligibility. 

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile:

Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. 

Uploading Documents:  Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

 

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: nvjobs@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Nevada State Office
NV-953
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV
89520-0006
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.


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Job Announcement Number:

NV-DEU-2013-0042

Control Number:

334052600