This position is located in NPS Regional Office Serving Interior Regions 6,7 and 8, in the Submerged Resources Center.Learn more about this agency
Open to the first 75 applicants or until 12/20/19 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.
In this position you will serve as an Archeologist with the Submerged Resources Center (SRC) with duties consisting primarily of underwater archeological documentation and analysis and marine remote sensing survey and documentation of submerged cultural resources throughout the National Park System and with partner agencies on a state, national and international level. Because of equipment intensive field operations are done under the water, incumbent will be around water bodies involved in diving and boating activities. Because almost all field operations involve work in parks, you will be expected to travel extensively (e.g. up to seven months per years) and sometimes for long durations (e.g. 90 days or more). You will be expected to engage in diving operations, classified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as hazardous duty.
Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.
75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
- You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
- You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
- If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
- You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 21 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
- You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
QualificationsSELECTIVE FACTOR: This position performs dive operations and possession of a scuba diving certification from a nationally recognized scuba certification agency is required. You must provide evidence., and is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
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Candidates must possess certification and proof of formal training in scientific diving techniques from the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). You must provide evidence.
To qualify for this position you must possess at least one of the following basic requirements by close of the announcement:
- successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included 3 semester hours each in the following 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, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating, and analytical techniques); Archeological field school, provided 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 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.
- successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in related curriculum obtained at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics); history; American studies, or a related discipline, provided the curriculum supplied academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements stated above (including archeological field school).
- possess a combination of education and experience that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate additional education or technical experience to total 4 years. This combination must have demonstrated that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of an archeologist comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study.
- possess four 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 level 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.
To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, in addition to the basic requirement you must possess at least one or all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: supervising or leading a crew on archeological activities, assisting with or drafting portions of cultural resource management plans, or assisting with the management of cultural projects. Your resume must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, in archeology, anthropology, or other directly-related subject matter. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, in addition to the basic requirement you must possess at least one or all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: planning and conducting archeological investigations; conducting or overseeing work in support of historic preservation including architectural inventory and monitoring; conducting cultural resource surveys and excavations; performing field inspections, research, and assessments related to North American archeological resources. Your resume must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph D or equivalent graduate degree (54 semester hours or 81 quarter hours) in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, in archeology, anthropology, or other directly-related subject matter. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer 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".
To qualify based on education, 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 and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.
Physical Demands: Some assignments require sedentary work, but the majority necessitate strenuous exertion, including scuba diving, swimming, boat operation, mechanic and electrical machinery operations, stooping, standing, walking, climbing, bending, carrying heavy objects, and exposure to sun, wind, and rain and rough seas. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Incumbent will be expected to engage in diving operations for potentially hazardous underwater environments classified by the Office of Personnel Management as hazardous duty. Documentary research and report writing work are sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.
Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Virtually all field duties will be performed outdoors in all kinds of weather. Incumbent must be able to prepare for, and cope with, uncomfortable weather and living conditions. Submerged cultural resource survey work requires extensive exposure to weather and salt water and oceanic fauna, some of which sting, bit and can cause injury. Field assignments involve travel from main duty station with exposure to adverse weather conditions, temperature extremes and hazards associated with boat operations in remote open water environments and diving. Travel assignments may entail extended periods (e.g. 30-90 days) away from home and family and typical yearly travel demands may be on the order of 3-7 months, depending upon park and project demands. Incumbent will live in a variety of commercial and park housing situations, or on vessels offshore during fieldwork. These living situations may be cramped, crowded, and uncomfortable for days or weeks at a time. Often few amenities are available for considerable length of time.
Career-Seasonal positions are guaranteed to work at least 6 months but no more than 50 weeks per year and include all the benefits of permanent employment. The typical season is January-December, but can vary due to workload and funding.
The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
- Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and 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 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 are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
- Project Management
- Technical Competence
- Technical Competence
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/20/2019:
- Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
- College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
- Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/20/2019. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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Agency contact information
AddressNPS Regional Office Serving Interior Regions 6,7 and 8
12795 W Alameda Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228
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