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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Archeological Technician)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 13-141 DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year
Monday, September 23, 2013 to Sunday, December 22, 2013
Full Time - Internships
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Ajo, AZ View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Casa Grande, AZ View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Grand Canyon, AZ View Map
More Locations  (8)
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal Careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.


You may select a maximum of 4 duty locations. If you select more than 4 locations, you will not be considered.


What are the Eligibility Requirements? In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

·         You must be a student accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing (certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum and the certificate must be a requirement for the position); enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school including high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational, or business schools.

·         Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify accreditation, please visit:

·         You must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and

·         The duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals




Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the educational program, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service within 120 days following successful completion of all their education and work experience requirements. For more information on the Pathways Internship Program, visit


There is NO promotion potential for this position.


This job announcement is open for 90 days. The first cutoff for consideration will be 14 days from the opening date or receipt of 100 applications.


  • US Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in school
  • All requirements for the Pathways program must be met by the closing date


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These appointments are Pathways Internships. The work schedule is part-time or full-time, to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office. The intern will work as a member of the Cultural Resources Management Division and support the Park Archeologist and prepare written and photographic documentation of archeological sites; conduct site stabilization history research, and condition assessments of historic and prehistoric properties within the Park; data entry of architectural documentation information into computer databases.


Area/Housing Information: Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff Area National Monuments, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Page), Petrified Forest National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (Flagstaff), Wupatki National Monument (Flagstaff), Tuzigoot National Monument (Camp Verde), Montezuma Castle National Monument (Camp Verde), Tonto National Monument (Roosevelt), Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (Coolidge), Saguaro National Park (Tucson), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Ajo), Tumacácori National Historic Park, Chiricahua National Memorial (Wilcox). You can find Arizona Park information at Arizona National Parks. Park housing may be available in some locations.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the earlier of the entrance date or closing date of this announcement, Sunday, December 22, 2013.


Qualifications: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate the ability to perform archeological technician duties as outlined below. Experience may have been gained in the public or the private sector and may have been paid or unpaid.


Specialized Experience for GS-05: one year of specialized experience at the GS-04 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include participating in basic archeological surveys and searching for archeological features and artifacts, recording data and preparing survey records, conducting limited supervised excavation and testing of sites.   OR   Education: 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation.   OR   Combination of Experience and Education: equivalent combinations of education and experience; the total of each must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.


Conditions of Employment:

·         You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement.

·         You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment.


There is NO promotion potential for this position.

To receive consideration, you must include all education information in the USAJOBS Résumé sections as noted below. Failure to do so may prevent further consideration.


Education Section

School name, current enrollment status (e.g., enrolled as of month/year), completion date of degree/level attained or expected date of degree completion, academic major/minor, cumulative grade point average, and total credits earned


Relevant Coursework

Relevant coursework related to the duties of the position, and/or statement on how your career goals meet the duties of the position.


Qualifying Education

Technical or vocational school; 2-year or 4-year college or university; Graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school)


Transcript Requirement: You must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. Failure to submit the required transcript(s) will make you ineligible for further consideration.


If this information is not provided, your education/career goals may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.


For further information on creditable education, visit: and

·         New employees/ or supervisors must complete a one-year probationary period

·         The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as a trial period

·         Driver License: This position may require that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties, if so, a valid State driver license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver license

·         National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. You may be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. If so, you will be provided with a uniform allowance to defray the cost of the uniform.

·         Direct Deposit. of pay is required.

·         Male applicants born after 12/31/59 and must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (for additional information see


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the occupational/assessment questionnaire and the information stated in your résumé. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.


·         Ability to follow directions in the field and willingness to learn documentation techniques

·         Ability to cogently write and prepare reports, incorporate edits and use word processing systems


You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies."


All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your responses, you may be rated ineligible and not 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.


Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience which substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience which 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 which 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.


Information for Veterans: Veteran’s Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the best qualified category.


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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick 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. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: Benefits.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles - provide a copy of your agency's notice of Reduction in Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. To be qualified you must be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP/ICTAP.


This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.


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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 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 22, 2013 to receive consideration.


·         To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS résumé and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire
 View Assessment Questions.

·         Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

·         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,
My 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 résumé and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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
Fax Cover Page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 964428.

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 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 22, 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
Form OPM1203fx, 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.


·         Résumé -- We encourage you to use the        USAJobs online résumé builder to ensure that all required information is in your résumé. If you choose to use your own résumé make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours worked per week and month/year of employment).

·       Job Information: Announcement number, position title, grade, and duty location for which you are applying

·       Personal Information: Full name, e-Mail and mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code); Country of Citizenship

·       Education: High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED; Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code; Major field(s) of study; Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

·       Work Experience: For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions): Job title, duties and accomplishments, number of hours per week (you must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit, without this information you will not receive credit), employers name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), salary, indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted. NOTE - If using USAJOBS Résumé Builder, please include your title, series, and grade/salary in the narrative box used for job duties and accomplishments.

·       Other Qualifications: A list of job related training courses (course title, hours for completion, date of completion); a list of job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); a list of job-related certificates and licenses; a list of job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies)

·         Student Documentation/Transcripts -- You must submit proof of enrollment: a letter of acceptance, copy of current class schedule, transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable), or a letter from your advisor or registrar's office indicating you are at least half-time degree or certificate seeking student.

·         Response to Assessment Questionnaire

·         Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

·         Veterans Preference documentation -- If you are applying for 5 point Veterans Preference you must include a legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge (member copy 4). If you are applying for 10 point preference you must also include a VA letter dated 1991 or later and a SF-15. For more information on Veteran's preference, visit: Vet Guide


It is your responsibility to provide documentation of claimed qualifications, education and veterans preference. Failure to submit the necessary documents may result in you not being considered further. Applicants will not be solicited for further data if what was provided is found to be inadequate or incomplete.


Do not send photographs - any résumé depicting the applicant will entirely disqualify you from consideration.


Marilyn A. Kozak
Phone: (602)794-3806
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement e-Mail. 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.


Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.



Interns may be converted to a permanent position or a term position within 120 days of successful completion of the educational program. To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:

·         Complete at least 640 hours* of work experience acquired through the Internship Program

·         Complete their degree or certificate requirements in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 and above)

·         Meet the qualification standards for the position to which you will be converted

·         Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement; and

·         Perform their job successfully


* Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance. In addition, students working in agencies through third-party internship providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement. Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Ajo, AZ View Map
Camp Verde, AZ View Map
Casa Grande, AZ View Map
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
Grand Canyon, AZ View Map
Hereford, AZ View Map
Page, AZ View Map
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Roosevelt, AZ View Map
Tucson, AZ View Map
Tumacacori, AZ View Map
Willcox, AZ View Map

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