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:
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.
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).
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.
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. To preview questions please click here.