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Job Title:Archeologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-GC-13-072

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0193-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Grand Coulee, WA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-13-071 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential! Promotion to the Full Performance Level: The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location - Grand Coulee, WA http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html . A Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. For information on recruitment incentives visit: http://www.opm.gov/3rs/fact/RECBONFS.asp . Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles. Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for Federal employment.
  • If determined to be in the best qualified group you will be required to
  • respond to additional essay style questions. See the section titled WHAT TO
  • EXPECT NEXT for additional details.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as a Grand Coulee Power Office Staff Archeologist and will have the primary responsibility for managing the historic properties management program for the Grand Coulee Power Office (GCPO). Incumbent will implement for GCPO National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and 110 requirements, including consultation; Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) tribal consultations and implementation actions; Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA); Executive Order 13007 (Indian Sacred Sites); Executive Order 13287 (Preserve American); all actions required as Contracting Officer's Representative for Reclamation cultural resources contracts; and museum property management. They will be responsible for daily program definition and administration for the GCPO, including budget preparation for all GCPO cultural resource programs and development of management plans, agreements, and other policy and management documents.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the position, applicants must meet both I) the Basic Requirements and II) the Additional Experience and Education Requirements, listed below.

I.BASIC REQUIREMENTS: For BOTH the GS-11 and GS-12 grades applicants must meet the following basic requirements for this position:

A.1.Education

Successful completion of a 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.

OR

A.2. Related Curriculum

Successful completion of a 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher 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.1. 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.1. Experience

Four 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.

II. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants must meet the following:

For the GS-11 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work; OR a combination of both education and experience.

For the GS-12 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience, at both the GS-11 and GS-12 level, is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. It is further defined as direct application of the laws, published procedures, and policies governing the identification and management of historic properties, including archeological sites, historic structures, traditional cultural properties, treatment of human remains, and the management of museum property collections. Such experience must include (1) professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological research, administration or management; (2) at least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archeology; and (3) experience supervising, directing, overseeing or leading the work of others as part of a larger archeological project.

At the GS-12 level, the incumbent must additionally demonstrate experience in the management of cultural resources in a hydro or water related environment.

Your resume/application must clearly demonstrate your qualifications in the above areas.

The preferred candidate will possess the qualifications to meet the Secretary of Interior's Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards for Archeology, which may be accessed with the following link: http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_9.htm

 


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of professional concepts, principles, and applied practices of archeology, historical research, and historic property management.

2. Knowledge of various federal laws including the identification and management of historic properties; treatment of human remains; management of museum property collections; and federal procurement regulations and processes.

3. Ability to communicate in writing and through report preparation.

4. Ability to communicate orally.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration. 


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure .

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov.

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of any page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html .

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to tcarlton@usbr.gov  

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1426, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 - or -

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

Transcripts: Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an 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. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214, For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp .

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least well qualified on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tcarlton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-7426
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you will be given further instructions via email and required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-GC-13-072

Control Number:

336644600