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About the position:  Lava Beds National Monument and WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tulelake Unit is seeking a GS-0170-7 Historian to research the story of Japanese-American internment during World War II.


TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:    This is a seasonal temporary position, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1039 hours in a service year.    Position will be Monday thru Friday and may require overtime work. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.  Consideration of selection for this position will be in the following order: 1) CTAP/ICTAP eligibles 2) rehires 3) all other applicants.

Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens - applicants outside the Federal government may apply along with current Federal employees, and reinstatement eligibles.  Qualified veterans who apply will receive Veteran’s Preference in accordance with current law and regulations.


Park Contact:
Lava Beds National Monument and WWI Valor in the Pacific Tulelake Unit

Resources Management Division
Jessica Middleton, Cultural Resources Specialist


Area information:  The Lava Beds National Monument and Tule Lake Unit of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monuments are co-managed and both are located in a remote area of northeastern California.  The nearest communities are Klamath Falls, OR (approximately 50 miles north) and Tulelake, CA (approximately 25 miles north from Lava Beds, adjacent to Tule Lake).  Schools for all ages, a variety of churches, grocery stores, fuel and lodging can be found in both communities.  Government housing that is shared with other seasonal employees may be available. Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. These lava tube caves, of which there are more than 700 in the Monument, are a favorite underground destination for visitors to explore.  The Tule Lake Unit was created in 2008 and tells the civil rights and unjust story of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the internment/segregation center in Newell, CA during WWII.   The weather in northeastern California is particularly unpredictable and employees should be ready for all conditions throughout the year. However, summers are generally sunny and warm while winters are cold with below-freezing nights and occasional snow. Visit our website at and for further monument and area information.


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  • Incumbent identifies and gathers primary and secondary resource materials using standard research methodologies, at resource repositories including National Park Service record holdings, libraries, archives, and other facilities via computerized databases.
  • Designs and conducts activities and creates products that reflect sound preservation principles and practices.
  • Outlines the scope and objectives of the study, gathers historical materials and data, determines the relative importance of historical evidence, critically evaluates historical evidence to place research and survey findings into a larger context and draws conclusions of fact from historical evidence.
  • Will compose analytical histories on one or more simple or complex topics, and will present information on historical and preservation topics and issues in oral or written form to National Park Service managers, colleagues and the public.