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Archaeologist

Employer
Department Of The Interior
Location
Baker City, Oregon
Closing date
Feb 16, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Discipline
Archaeology
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Government
This position is located in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon/Washington State Office's Division of Resources, Lands, and Minerals

This position is open to current or former federal employee displaced from a position in The Department of the Interior with Career Transition Assistance Plan eligibility.

No applicant inquiries will be accepted or addressed until after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon/Washington State Office's Division of Resources, Lands, and Minerals is hiring one Archeologist to serve on a state office team responsible for developing and coordinating the development of priority land use plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. These land use plans and NEPA documents will establish long-range direction for over 2 million acres of BLM lands that are administered by five Western Oregon districts in accordance with the Oregon and California Revested Lands Sustained Yield Management Act (the O&C Act). The incumbent will develop professional reports of inventories and studies, 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. They will work with the cooperating agency liaison to ensure complete, meaningful, and timely tribal coordination occurs. The incumbent will review cultural studies and inventories; gather and analyze data; coordinate the efforts of other subject matter experts in the district offices; collaborate with counterparts in other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies; and communicate with BLM Headquarters subject matter experts as needed to complete assigned tasks. Such work requires a professional knowledge of archaeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques.
  • Provide expert cultural heritage management advice to managers and staff.
  • Use the principles, concepts, theories, and methods of archeology, cultural resource management, ethnohistory and history in order to maintain a comprehensive heritage resource management program.
  • Analyze, review, develop, and implement policies, procedures, goals, objectives, targets, and priorities for the cultural heritage program.
  • Develop and provide training for an organization's personnel in heritage and resources management.
  • Prepare and administer statewide contracts and agreements for cultural heritage professional services and activities.
  • Coordinate and consult with tribes and issues of cultural values, traditional uses, and confidential data regarding the effects of an organization's actions on historic properties.

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-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) coordinating the development of priority land use plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents; (2) developing professional reports of inventories and studies, ensuring all reports are adequate to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act; (3) collaborating with counterparts in other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies; (4) providing technical data or recommendations to management on historic preservation activities.

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-11 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility 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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