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Job Title:  Archeologist, GS-0193-12 (DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA-D1318

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$70,376.00 to $91,487.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Coolidge, AZ View Map


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy ID: 971292



Posn.# 1000010,

Western Region,

San Carlos Irrigation Project,

Office of the Project Manager,

Coolidge, Arizona


GS-12: $70,376 - $91,487 Per Annum




NOTE:  This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP) Vacancy Announcement Number CRPA 90/13. Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit and Competitive Procedures must submit a separate application for each announcement. 


INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144


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  • Coordinate and provide advice in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other laws relating to the protection of cultural resources. 
  • Perform field visits for new construction to determine impact on cultural resources. 
  • Prepare program and annual reports concerning the Federal Archeological Resources Protection Act, and Natural Park Service on activities covered by the Archeological Resources Protection Act and other program reports. 
  • Provide archeological data, mitigation measures, and documents for inclusion in project environmental assessments. 
  • Carry out consultations with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and Indian Tribes in compliance with federal historic preservation legislation.   
  • Conduct archaeological surveys on lands.  



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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0193 and Individual Occupational Requirements).





A.  1) Degree that included 3 semester hours in each of the following areas:

  • History of archeology;
  • Archeology of a major geographical area such as North American 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 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


     2)  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 in A.1 (including archeological field school).  OR


B.  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.     OR


C.  Experience:  Four years of archeological work experience that demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of 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.


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:


For the GS-12 grade level:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include archeology or cultural resource management; conduct archaeological field investigations and laboratory analysis, prepare interpretative materials, and use specialized techniques such as analysis of animal or plant remains; function to integrate results into agency or departmental environmental assessments, impact statements, operational programs, historic preservation compliance reports, and varied types of planning documents, stabilization and physical preservation of ruined and prehistoric buildings and structures; conduct archaeological surveys and analyze mitigation proposals. 

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


TELEWORK INDICATOR:  Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Knowledge of the theories and techniques of Archeology
  • Knowledge of the cultural resources, federal laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of the relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government, and of cultural practices
  • Skill in oral and written communications

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C, and will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience and training.


Applicants will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities have been assessed are ranked in two or more predefined quality categories. The final certificate will group applicants into the top category, applying veterans’ preference as appropriate, instead of ranking the applicants in numeric score order.


If basically qualified, you will be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education in relation to the job related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position and placed in one of the following categories:


BEST QUALIFIED: Applicants that possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.

WELL QUALIFIED: Applicants that possess a majority, (i.e., more than half but not all) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

QUALIFIED: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the definition of Best Qualified or Well Qualified as described above.


Preference Eligible’s are listed ahead of non-preference Eligible’s within each quality category.  Veterans’ preference is absolute within each quality category. Compensable veterans (CPS and CP) will "float" to the top of the highest category regardless of their final rating, except for Professional positions at GS-9 & above where they would be placed at the top of the category determined by their final rating. Non-compensable veterans (XP and TP) will go to the top of the category provided their final rating meets the cut-off rating for that category.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit


NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.



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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to


We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.


To apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed


Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 971292, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144


Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Wednesday, November 13, 2013.


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.



The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

·       Resume- Must contain the following:

·       Job Announcement Number

·       Work experience: include Position Title; Dates - From (mm/yy) To (mm/yy);    Hours worked per week; Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone number; and Duties

·       Education

·       References

·       Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.

·       Form DD-214, if claiming veteran's preference; and SF-15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.

·       College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.

·       Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

·       Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

·       GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


Mildred Saenz
Phone: (505)563-5458
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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