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Job Title:  Historian GS-0170-11
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  NY-HH-14-1027471 DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$65,377.00 to $84,990.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 to Thursday, February 13, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NY View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


The employees of the National Park Service care for special places that are the heritage of all Americans. 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 is a Full Time Career Seasonal position that is Subject to Furlough annually and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. Seasonal employment is defined in 5 CFR 340.401 as annually recurring periods of work expected to last less than twelve (12) months during a calendar year. Career Seasonal employees are permanent and placed in a non-pay/non-duty status during the furlough period. Although the actual work schedule and period of furlough is contingent upon funding and operational needs, you will be required to work or be in a pay status for a minimum of 26 weeks (13 pay periods) and generally not more than a maximum of 50 weeks (25 pay periods) in a service year. Permanent Career Seasonal employees are generally eligible for retirement coverage (5 CFR 831), are eligible for health and Life Insurance (5 CFR 870 and 890), and earn leave while in a pay status (5 CFR 630)

The incumbent serves as Historian at African Burial Ground National Monument, which is located in lower Manhattan, NY.  Serves as advisor to Chief of Cultural Resources on Manhattan Sites cultural resources, particularly history.  Identifies, evaluates, and monitors cultural resources.  Determines research needs and coordinates efforts toward obtaining needed research through various programs, grants, or contracts.  African Burial Ground is one of the sites of Manhattan Sites NHS, and is within the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH), which includes 10 national park system sites with 22 unique destinations in and around four of the five boroughs of New York City and northern New Jersey. Additional information on African Burial Ground can be found at the following website: Manhattan Sites NHS webpage


  • Occasional Travel
  • occasional travel required


  • No


  • US Citizenship is Required
  • You must be able to successfully pass a background investigation
  • A valid State issued driver's license is required
  • Must wear NPS uniform in conformance with Agency policies
  • Subject to probationary period if not already completed


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The selectee will be responsible for:

  • Developing, in coordination with others, the Cultural resources management plans and park historical programs.
  • Gathering historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collecting data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Presenting historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
  • Preparing publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others, to ensure their historical accuracy.
  • Speaking to various groups, organizations, and clubs.
  • Tracing historical development and conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.   
  • Publishing or present findings and theories.


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To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience requirements for a GS-11 Historian position. Specifically, you must have one full year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Additional information on qualifying for Federal Jobs can be found at:

Examples of the specialized experience necessary to qualify for this position include (but are not limited to) knowledge of specific historical themes which are significant to the cultural resources found in the park, ability to plan and carry out cultural resource studies and historical research projects.  Also, the ability to collect and analyze historical data and to draw logical interpretive conclusions for use in professional research papers, studies, and planning.  To be creditable as qualifying for this position at the GS-11 level, this specialized experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-09 grade level in the federal service.

Substitutions for the Required Specialized Experience: You may also be able to meet the Specialized Experience requirements based on your education OR a combination of education and specialized experience as described in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE:  If you are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify, you must document your education in your resume.  In addition, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course, the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed.  We cannot determine eligibility without this information.  (A copy of your official transcripts may be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

All eligibility and qualification requirements must be met, and all application materials received by the closing date of this announcement.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review on OPM's web site at

CTAP/ICTAP:  Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must score high enough to be considered well-qualified (85) for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible for this position and submit all the required documentation to support your eligibility under 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 a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements including any special status or veterans preference claimed.  A review will then be conducted of your responses and application materials to determine if you are qualified for this job.  Finally, a review and comparison of the information in your resume and supporting documentation will be made to your responses in the occupational questionnaire.  The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies in the following areas:

  •  Abillity to Manage and Interpret an Archeological Collection.
  •  Leading, Planning, Developing and Managing a Multi-Disciplinary program of Natural and Cultural Resource Management.
  •  Ability to Manage and Operate an Historical Resources Management Program.
  •  Abillity to Manage and Operate a Museum Curation Program.
  •  Ability to Prepare Cultural Compliance Documents for all Aspects of a Complex Park Program.   


All US Citizens All eligible qualified applicants will be placed in one of three Quality Categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified) based on your score.
Best Qualified:  Those candidates who possess demonstrated ability that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective factors and quality ranking factors.  Candidates must score high enough to be considered highly proficient in requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified:  Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, score high enough to be considered proficient in most of the requirements of the position, and should be able to perform effectively with some additional training.
Qualified:  Those candidates whose score reflects that they meet the minimum qualifications of the job including any selective placement factors required for the position.

Veterans Preference under Category Rating:  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category.  In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR VETERANS:  In order to receive consideration based on military service you must submit all the supporting documentation required (DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc as applicable) to verify your eligibility and/or status.  Additional information explaining what documentation is needed can be found at OPM's VetGuide website at:


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Occasional travel may be required.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations [such as current permanent Federal employees].

If you use public transportation, a part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job related qualifications.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Supporting Documents required to verify qualifications, special status eligibility, veterans preference, etc. (such as college transcripts, Forms SF-50 showing tenure and time in grade, most recent performance evaluation, DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc.).

Your complete Application Package must be submitted by: Thursday, February 13, 2014

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button (you can either create a new account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account).  Then follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit button at the end of the process.

You can also use Application Manager to track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.  To return to Application Manager at any time, simply go to

You can chose to attach your USAJOBS resume and supporting documents (previously saved in USAJOBS) to the Application Package immediately after you click the Apply Online button or you can upload or fax your resume and supporting documents as described below.

If it is not possible for you to apply online, you can write your answers on paper and submit them via fax by following the steps below:

1. Print a copy of this job announcement and the on line questionnaire so that you can read the questions off line using the links below.

2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers.  You can obtain the form by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 or by clicking on this link: 

Then obtain and print a copy of the on line questionnaire by clicking on this link: View Occupational Questionnaire

You will need to refer to them both (the printed copies of this announcement and the on line questionnaire) 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.

3. Submit the Form 1203-FX, your resume, and any supporting documents by fax using the instructions below.

To submit you application by Fax:  If you are faxing a completed Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover page.  Simply make sure that all six pages of the Form 1203-FX are on top of any other documents you are faxing.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

You must submit all of your application package components to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at the above fax number so that they will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

If you cannot submit all application materials online, you may submit some documents online and some documents off line.  For example, you may be able to submit the questionnaire and resume online but do not have an electronic copy of your transcripts.  In this case, you may submit the questionnaire and resume online and send the transcripts via fax to the Office of Personnel Management.  If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction below.


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not fax the same documents.  To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page.  Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager.  Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page.

When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number FT1027471
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.  The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  Not using the special cover page mentioned above;  Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number;  Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.


NPNH Servicing HR Office
Phone: (718)354-4542
Agency Information:
Manhattan Sites MASI
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After a review of your complete application is made, 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.

To preview the occupational assessment questions click on the following link: View Assessment Questions

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