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Department Of The Interior
Fritch, Texas
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

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Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
This position is located in Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, in the Science and Resources Division.

Major Duties associated with this position include:
  • Directs archeological research projects, from developing research designs, to planning and supervising field Investigations, coordinating analyses, to authoring.
  • Serves as Regional ARPA Permit Coordinator, managing all aspects of permits for archeological investigations across the park.
  • Assists Park in compliance of federal historic preservation and archeological resource protection law, bureau polices, and guidance. Conducts reviews of park undertakings and directs archeological projects in support of Section 106 compliance.
  • Provides assistance to park managers.
  • Coordinates archeological agreements and contracts; collaborates with partners to develop projects and task agreements; develops scopes of work and cost estimates for complex multi-phased archeological projects.
  • Incorporates automatic data collection methods and GIS Into archeological management practices for parks and programs. Incorporates geophysical investigations into archeological projects.

This is a term position (more than 1 year) with an initial appointment expecting to last at least 13 months but may be extended up to a total of 10 years, or more based on any changes to regulations governing the number of years term appointments may last, without further competition. Term positions do not convey permanent status in the Federal service.

The National Park Service retains the right to extend the duration of this appointment after selection and/or appointment, based on changes to the regulation governing the number of years term appointments may last. This change, which may be made at the agency's sole discretion and without further competition, shall not be construed or interpreted as the granting of a right to a selectee or employee to such an extension. No extension to a term appointment shall be granted to a selectee/employee to an amount of time that exceeds the maximum number of years authorized under any present or current regulation, unless such regulation expressly allows such action.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-12/05/2023-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, you must possess at least one of the following Individual Occupational Requirements (Basic Requirements) by close of the announcement:
  • 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: 1. History of archeology, 2) Archeology of a major geographic area such as North American, 3)Regional Archeology, archeological cultures, or sites in a specific part of a major geographical area to acquire or develop a foundation for regional specialization for professional development, 4) Theory and methods of archeology. Methods include, but are not limited to, typology, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating, and analytical techniques, 5) 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 6 semester hours of related course work in: 1) geography, geology, or cultural geography; 2) history; historiography, or historical archeology; 3) environmental studies; 4) scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or 5) surveying; AND Archeological field school. (You must submit a college transcript (official or unofficial) to verify this claim. Failure to include your transcript(s) will make you ineligible for this position).
  • A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a related curriculum: Anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics); history; American studies: or a related discipline, provided the curriculum supplies academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements in A, including archeological field school (You must submit a transcript (official or unofficial) to verify this claim. Failure to include your transcript(s) will make you ineligible for this position).
  • A combination of college-level education or training that provides the knowledge equivalent to that described in 1 above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
  • 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 archeology survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, and preparation of written materials. Applicants with such field experience should, after additional experience under the direction of a higher graded archeologist, be able to demonstrate the ability to be a crew chief, directing the work of others at a single location as part of a larger archeological project.
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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level in which you are applying:

Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Those without such specialized experience will be disqualified. Specialized experience for a GS-12 Archeologist focuses on archeological project work rather than programmatic responsibilities. This includes designing research, planning and directing, and completing inventories (often called surveys) and excavation projects; authoring technical reports; using GIS to prepare for field work and to create geospatial data sets and maps after field work. Specialized experience also Includes evaluating National Register of Historic Places eligibility for these resources, assessing effects of federal undertakings to them, and mitigating adverse effects through archeological studies. Experience also includes determining site condition and preparing damage assessments of archeological sites found to have been looted. A GS-12 assists with state and tribal consultation and will evaluate and review external reports to ensure standards are met. Experience also Includes proficient use of service-wide databases.

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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