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Department Of The Interior
Phoenix, Arizona
Closing date
Jan 10, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Region in Phoenix, Arizona. The incumbent will serve as expert Regional staff authority regarding various Federal historic preservation laws and regulations, particularly the National Historic Preservation Act, Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

This is a Bargaining Unit position, for more information see What are bargaining units?


A. Education
  • 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, 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.

    • 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;

    • Archeological field school.

    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).


    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.


    C. Experience

    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 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.

    Applicants who meet the following experience requirement in addition to the Basic Requirements listed above may qualify for this GS-12 level position-
    • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level obtained either through Federal or non-Federal employment leading a team of archeologists from the public sector that respond to violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act on Indian lands; coordinating with the BIA Office of Justice Services' Cultural Resource Unit; ensuring resultant reports are defensible in criminal or civil judicial settings; and serving as a Government expert witness for such violations.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

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