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Cultural Anthropologist

Department Of The Interior
San Juan Island, Washington
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
The closing date of this announcement has been extended to Friday, December 1, 2023

This position is located at San Juan Island National Historical Park in the Resource Management Division.Career-Seasonal appointments are permanent positions and include the same benefits as Career appointments, but do not provide work on a year-round basis. You will work from approximately the beginning of November to the middle of October, and you will be in a non-pay status for the remainder of the year. Non-pay period is typically mid October.

This position will perform work for San Juan Island National Historical Park and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.

Major duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Advising Park management on park natural (flora and fauna) and cultural ethnographic resources (sites, structures, objects and landscapes) and the contemporary people who value them.
  • Assisting with monitoring the conditions of ethnographic resources, identifies potential threats, and makes preliminary recommendations regarding the mitigation of present and potential impacts.
  • Coordinating Park cultural anthropology/ethnography strategies and programs with activities on adjacent lands for the purposes of broad protection strategies and minimizing human impacts.
  • Establishing contacts with present-day neighboring communities, American Indian or other Native Americans, and other cultural and social groups with traditional associates to park resources.
  • Assists in consultations for NAGPRA, AIRFA, NEPA, NHPA, as well as executive orders, NPS policies and guidance on relations between park-associated peoples and the ethnographic resources they value.

Please visit find a park for additional park information.All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-12/01/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), 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.

To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following basic requirements:


Education: a degree in an appropriate field of anthropology. You must include transcripts.
  • OR-

A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in an appropriate field of anthropology, or related course work, plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must include transcripts and number of hours worked per week.
  • OR-

Experience: four years of appropriate experience in anthropology performing research, museum work, or similar professional-level work. You must include number of hours worked per week in your resume.

In addition to meeting at least one of the basic requirements listed above, to qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one 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-7 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: collecting field data contributing to the basic natural or cultural resources inventory of a park or a monitoring program to assess status and trends of resources condition; investigating cultural sites, natural resources and historic scenes to identify, protect or interpret them properly; assist in reporting on impact and effectiveness of management actions that affect natural and cultural resources. You must include hours worked per week on your resume.
  • OR-

EDUCATION: Successful completion of least two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to the position being filled. You must provide copies of your transcript.
  • OR-

Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To calculate your percentage of qualifying graduate education, divide your number of semester hours in excess of 18 semester hours by 18 or the number your school uses to represent one year of full time graduate academic study. To calculate your percentage of experience, divide your months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. Add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include hours worked per week and a copy of your transcripts.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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