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Archaeologist

Employer
Department Of The Interior
Location
Prineville, Oregon
Closing date
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Discipline
Archaeology
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Government
These BLM Oregon positions are located at the Lakeview District in Lakeview, Oregon, and the Prineville District in Prineville, Oregon.As an Archaeologist in one these positions, you will:Serve as a professional field archaeologist for the Lakeview District or the Prineville District. The Prineville District position will have some responsibilities working with other Districts in Eastern Oregon and Washington as well

The incumbent is responsible for (1) Developing and implementing cultural resource inventories; (2) Preparing professional reports/maps of inventories and studies and reviewing reports/maps created by others, and (3) Ensuring all reports are adequate to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and for submission to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Specialists in this position must, at a minimum, fully meet the Professional Qualification Standards in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.

The Archeologist performs research, conducts field investigations, and integrates results (either their own or those of others) into agency or departmental documents. These include environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, operational program analyses, historic preservation compliance reports, and various other documents. The incumbent also manages cultural resource GIS and tabular data, conducts library research, interpretation or consultative work, and prepares reports. Cultural resources management work requires a professional knowledge of archaeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques. Fieldwork requires physical exertions, such as hiking, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting moderately heavy items, or similar activities. Fieldwork is required year-round in all weather conditions, and in rugged, uneven terrain on steep slopes and in dense brush.

Work with other archeologists and program staff as part of an interdisciplinary team to most efficiently conduct the work.In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

You must meet the BASIC Requirement AND meet the ADDITIONAL Requirement in order to qualify for this position.

BASIC Requirement for the 0193 series: (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education.)
  • Bachelor's or higher degree that included three (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; and
    • 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
    • Six (6) 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.

    OR
  • Bachelor's or higher 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 "1" above, including archeological field school.

  • OR
  • Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in "1" above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. When combining education with experience, first determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify this grade level. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education and your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.)

  • OR
  • 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.
    • AND*

    ADDITIONAL Requirement: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, in addition to the Basic Requirement above, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education below for the position in which you are applying.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) implementing heritage resource management strategies in accordance with National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and other regulations; (2) documenting or determining the importance of curatorial data and archeological inventories; (3) recommending strategies to mitigate/resolve heritage resource conflicts; and (4) coordinating with various tribal entities and diverse stakeholders to address the implementation/completion of agreements.

    OR:

    Education : Have successfully completed three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at an accredited college or university in directly related fields. Course work must clearly provide applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled. (NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts)

    OR:

    Combination: Have a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then, take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    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.

    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".

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