To qualify for GS-0193-07 Archeologist positions, you must meet the minimum requirements for all archeologist positions in the Federal Government, and in addition possess additional graduate education or experience specific to these GS-7 positions. Both are described below:
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS for all Archeologist positions: Qualified applicants will meet A, B, C, or D as described below:
A. DEGREE: Bachelor or higher degree that includes 3 semester hours each in the following 5 course areas:
- History of archeology;
- Archeology of a major geographical area such as North America 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, 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, IN ADDITION, 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; or.
B. 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 stated above (including archeological field school); or
C. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: a 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
D. EXPERIENCE: Four full 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.
GS-7 QUALIFYING EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, qualifying applicants will meet additional experience or education as described in A, B, or C immediately below:
A. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One year of graduate-level education (defined by your school typically 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) that is directly related to the position being filled; or
B. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Examples of specialized experience would include: conducting work in support of historic preservation including archaeological inventory and monitoring, conducting literature searches in support of historic preservation, writing survey and excavation reports, laboratory analysis of archaeological materials, and using GPS and GIS to record archaeological sites and features; assisting in the preparation of documentation for purposes of compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.; or
C. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: For example you have worked for 6 months and meet specialized experience (50%) and have 14 semester hours of graduate level education (50%). When totaled together it equals 100%.
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.
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Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Monday, January 27, 2014.
Depending on the location and type of work, positions may require some or all of the following as a condition of employment:
Pre-employment drug testing.
Carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency. Employees serving in such positions must be free of any domestic violence convictions.
Valid driver's license.
Wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided if you are required to wear a uniform.
Work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, overtime, and weekends.
Travel may be required, sometimes up to 2 weeks in length.
Carry heavy items while walking over rough terrain for extended periods.
Travel in motorized or non motorized boats (kayak, canoe, raft); travel in a small single-engine aircraft; or operate an all terrain vehicle (ATV).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 Apply laws, regulations, and policies relating to the management and protection of cultural resources
KSA-2 Carry out archaeological investigations for the purposes of identifying and recording prehistoric and/or historic archaeological sites, including historic ruins, features and isolated artifacts
KSA-3 Research and document findings in a scientifically credible manner
KSA-4 Ability to work in a team environment
KSA-5 Use modern technology in support of archaeological investigations
KSA-6 Ability to work in an outdoor setting over long periods of time in sometimes arduous conditions
Please Note: 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 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. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.