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Job Title:  Historian, GS-0170-07
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  KLBA-LAVO-13-890359-DE-CD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$18.59 to $18.59 / Per Hour
Thursday, May 09, 2013 to Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tulelake, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

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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  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • All required documents must be electronically submitted by the closing date
  • Must have valid state driver's license
  • Must attach a copy of your college transcripts to be considered


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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.


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Historian: A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in history; or a related field, that included at least 18 semester hours in history. Or; a combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 18 semester hours) in history or a major in a related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in 2A above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.  The quality of the combination demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.


One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized Experience 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.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include: research, develop, and assisting in the preparation of manuscripts for professional publications; assist in collections management, registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, and conservation of collections.

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 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


***This position has a positive education requirement.  Please include in your resume a copy of your transcripts that demonstrates that you have 18 or more semester hours in History.***


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at


Background Investigation: If you have not had one, completion of a background investigation with favorable adjudication is required prior to entry on duty.


Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new federal employees.


Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.


Uniform: Incumbent must wear the prescribed National Park Service Uniform.


Driver's License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver’s license.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric score you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and supporting documents.

Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to specific work/experience block in your resume. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be documented in your resume. Only educational and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered.

Category rating is being used for this position. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc.  Once candidate responses have been verified, referral for selection consideration will be made of the best candidates in accordance with Federal hiring regulations and laws, and agency policies.  Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all the requirements of the job.

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledges, skills abilities and/or competencies (KSAC’s) required to do the work of this position:


Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of the historical method.


Knowledge and ability to determine the relative importance of historical evidence and to place research findings into a larger context.


Knowledge of database management, word processing, and specialized software programs essential to historical research.


Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with an emphasis on the history of Japanese-American internment during World War II.


Knowledge of the history of Japanese-American internment during World War II.


NOTE: DO NOT respond to the KSAs listed above.  Your application will be evaluated using your resume and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you possess the required KSAs. 


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Pay and Benefits:


Salary Range for a GS-7:  $18.59 per hour


NOTE: New Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.


All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


The Federal government offers a number of benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


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


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


Career Transition Assistance Plan and Interagency (CTAP/ICTAP): Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant is eligible, qualified, and clearly exceeds qualification requirements for the position as demonstrated by either:  (1) meeting selective and quality ranking factor levels as specified by the agency; or (2) being rated above minimally qualified under the agency’s specific rating and ranking process.

Federal employees seeking 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 their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their 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.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onTuesday, May 14, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE CLOSING DATE.  Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, will result in you not being considered.  You will not be contacted for additional information.  If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, email

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 890359.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Jessica L. Middleton
Phone: (530)667-8109
Agency Information:
Lava Beds National Monument
PO Box 1240
Tulelake, CA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated using the automated system.  The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for selection in category order (including veterans’ preference).  You will be notified by email of the outcome.

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