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Job Title:  Archeologist, GS-0193-11
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  WRST929528DEKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$32.20 to $41.86 / Per Hour
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Copper Center, AK 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

This position is located at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve headquarters in Copper Center, Alaska.  Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is located in the SE portion of South Central Alaska. Copper Center and adjacent Glennallen are small rural communities, with low population, and basic amenities as well as clinic, chiropractor, and a dental office. Elementary and high schools and a Jr. College are located within commuting distance. Recreational opportunities exist all times of the year. The park is accessible from Anchorage (approximately 200 miles distant) via the Glenn Highway (Alaska 1), or from the Canadian border at Tok. The Tok Cutoff coming south from the Alaska Highway borders the northwestern corner of the park. Additional information about the park can be found at:

This is a permanent career-seasonal position.  A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. As a condition of employment and (depending on workload needs and/or funding), the employee is  guaranteed work for at least 6 months but not more than 11 ½ months each service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  A minimum of 2 weeks in non-pay and non-duty status is required each service year. While in pay and duty status, the employee will work a full-time work schedule (40 hours per week). Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of within-rate increases (step increases) and career tenure may also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.

Government housing may or may not be available for a transitional period up to one year.



















  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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The incumbent serves as the compliance archeologist for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Supervision is provided by the Cultural Resources Manager, who in turn reports to the Chief of Resources, the Superintendent and the Senior Archeologist of the Alaska Support Office. The primary archeological responsibilities of the position are in historic preservation compliance and assistance to the Cultural Resources Manager in the areas of cultural resource program development and public outreach. Plans, designs, and conducts archeological field investigations, which may involve up to 4 months of field work during summer months in remote areas under sometimes hazardous conditions. Responsible for identification, inventory, and evaluation of archeological and historical sites.  Provides guidance to management regarding preservation, status and mitigation of impacts. Prepares historic preservation documentation and background materials for clearances, permits, licenses, etc. Conducts archeological research, provides analysis, and prepares reports of research findings that are suitable for publishing in scientific journals and as educational/interpretive reports for the general public. Provides input into park planning documents such as the Wilderness Plan, Resources Management Plan, and General Management Plan. Works in all aspects of museum collections management. Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relationships with a variety of groups, individuals, state and federal agencies, and the public. Incumbent will be duty stationed at headquarters in Copper Center. 

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Greg Biddle at (907) 822-7237.




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To qualify, you must meet the basic education requirements for the occupational series as well as the additional requirements as listed below.  

Basic Education Requirements: Basic education requirements can be met by either of the following:

Education: You must have a degree that included 3 semester hours each in the following course areas:

(1)History of archeology. (2)Archeology of a major geographical area such as North America or Africa. (3)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. (4)Theory and methods of archeology. Methods include, but are not limited to, typology, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating, and analytical techniques. (5)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.


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 listed above(including archeological field school).


Education and Experience: You must have college-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.


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.

Specialized Experience and/or Education: In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the advertised grade level of this position.  This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09).  Your experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill and ability of the position to perform the duties successfully.  Specialized experience for this position is conducting archaeological surveys, testing, excavation, and monitoring of projects; performing field inspections, research, and project resource assessments; review cultural resource permits and fieldwork plans; utilizing computerized systems to process, and analyze archaeological data;  plan long range protection and management of cultural resources.


You must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in Archeology from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to this position.


You must have an equivalent combination of experience and higher level graduate work.  You graduate work must be in excess of 36 semester hours. For example you have 6 months of experience and 45 semester hours of graduate level work. (The 9 semester hours would count towards education.).

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by either a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. This evaluation must be provided with your resume by the closing date of the announcement. If it is not your education will not be considered and you may not qualify for the position

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, and qualifications specified in the announcement by the closing date, Tuesday, August 13, 2013. 

Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary period.

You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties. ” Per the Lautenberg Amendment to 18 U.S.C.922(g)(9), effective September 30, 1996, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant who is tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result prior to entering on duty. You will be subject to random drug testing.





Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.

KSA-1 Knowledge of archeological field practices

KSA-2 Knowledge of archeological principles, concepts and practices.

KSA- 3 Ability to use computers, GPS units and specialized application software to manage projects

KSA-4 Ability to plan and administer archeological program objectives

KSA-5 Ability to communicate orally

KSA-6 Ability to communicate in writing

Please Note:  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies. A panel may be used to review your application.

Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. 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 of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

ICTAP/CTAP: The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury.   Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career 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, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. 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; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8837(h) or 8456.


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The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, sick and personal leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule. This link provides more information on the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.




Direct Deposit: All new employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

Return Rights  (for NPS employees only)  The Return Rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 03-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to certain remote sites. Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the Region they were assigned to prior to transferring to the remote park within the Alaska Region.  To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at the Alaska park, and may elect a possible two year extension. 


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To begin the process:

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions.  Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 929528.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
Click the following link to view and print the full occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

If you have questions about this announcement call Kim M. Doty at (303)985-6806 or email KIM_DOTY@NPS.GOV prior to Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID number 929528 when emailing or calling. 


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here. Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


-Transcripts, unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received.


-Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD214 member 4 copy).  If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15).  If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide 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.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.



Kim M. Doty
Phone: (303)985-6806
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

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