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Job Title:  Archeologist, GS 0193-07
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AKRO993619DECB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.65 to $21.98 / Per Hour
Monday, January 13, 2014 to Monday, January 27, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
13 vacancies in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK View Map
Copper Center, AK View Map
Fairbanks, AK View Map
Kotzebue, AK View Map
McCarthy, AK View Map
More Locations  (2)
United States Citizens
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About the Agency

Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide exciting recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places.  We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Archeologist positions.  The number, type, location, and start/stop dates of the positions are dependent upon individual unit needs.  Availability of government housing, day care facilities and other items will vary by location.  All locations offer excellent recreational and work opportunities.


The parks recruiting through this announcement are listed below. The approximate start/stop dates for the positions are listed in parentheses.  The dates are approximate and may change based on funding, weather, work, and other circumstances. 


Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Arctic Network, Fairbanks, AK (May-Oct):

Alaska Regional Office, Anchorage, AK (May-Oct):

Western Arctic Parklands, Kotzebue, AK (May-Oct) :

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Copper Center and McCarthy, AK (May-Oct) : 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK  (Apr-Sep):

Denali National Park and Preserve, McKinley Park, AK (May-Oct):


Government housing is not available in Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Government is available in Skagway, Kotzebue, and McKinley Park.

Government housing may be available in Copper Center and McCarthy.


All positions are temporary and limited to no more than 1039 hours in a 52 week period.  When selected, employees may be noncompetitively hired for subsequent summer seasons in the same position at the same location.   

In rare cases this appointment may be extended beyond the not to exceed date.


  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required, up to 2 weeks in length.


  • No


  • 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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You will participate in archeological fieldwork in various areas of Alaska. Depending on the location and project, archaeological resources may be prehistoric or historic in nature.  Work may include: 

Inventory and monitor the condition of cultural resources and compliance projects in

areas impacted by construction, maintenance and visitor activities, and other projects.


Participate in archeological surveys, shovel tests and archaeological excavations, and

laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts recovered.


Provide historical and archeological information to visitors.


Manage archaeological collections according to established museum procedures.


Prepare and keep detailed field notes and records, daily logs and journals, photographs

and photo logs, archeological and architectural forms, feature and artifact drawings, etc.


Assist in the preparation of monthly progress reports and a final seasonal report.


Assist in the use GPS, GIS and other computer software in support of data collection and reporting activities.

Some of the incumbent's time may be spent in the backcountry for periods of up to eight days or longer.  The incumbent will be required to live outdoors in a tent, hike in a backcountry setting without trails or modern amenities, and may transport in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and motorized and non-motorized watercraft, as part of park activities.

Physical Demands: Field work requires physical exertion such as long periods of time.  Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 – 10 days in duration. Incumbent may be required to carry a 45 lb pack for up to 15 miles per day and to hike in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather.  Archaeological survey and investigations requires recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting and carrying moderately heavy to heavy items. 

Camping and hiking is often in country with high probability of wildlife encounters including brown or black bear.   Incumbent may be required to complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work and may be required to carry a firearm in the backcountry. 

The incumbent may be required to drive National Park Service (NPS) vehicles within and around the park areas as part of duties. 




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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;



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. 

Click here for more information - Foreign education




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).





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.


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You can review our benefits at:

The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% or 5.57% for these duty stations. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

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

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. Depending on the tour of duty, an employee may be paid Sunday, night or hazardous work and /or Federal holidays. Flexible work schedules may be available. This link provides more information on the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service 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.


Relocation expenses are not authorized. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


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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 993619. 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 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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Monday, January 27, 2014.


If you have questions about this announcement call AK HR Assistant at (907)644-3828 or email AKR_USA_STAFFING@NPS.GOV prior to Monday, January 27, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 993619 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. (if using to qualify based on education)


-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. 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.


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. 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 your most recent Performance Rating and 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. 


AK HR Assistant
Phone: (907)644-3828
Agency Information:
Alaska Regional Office
NPS Alaska Regional Office
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.


Additional Duty Location Info

13 vacancies in the following locations:
Anchorage, AK View Map
Copper Center, AK View Map
Fairbanks, AK View Map
Kotzebue, AK View Map
McCarthy, AK View Map
McKinley Park, AK View Map
Skagway, AK View Map

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