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Cultural Anthropologist

Department Of The Interior
Grace Sta, North Carolina
Closing date
Mar 20, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
This position is located at Blue Ridge Parkway and is located in the Division of Planning, Compliance and Lands.

This position is located at the Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters office in Asheville, NC, as part of the Division of Planning, Lands, and Compliance. The position will support planning and compliance efforts for Blue Ridge Parkway projects and operations.

The Blue Ridge Parkway extends for 469 miles between Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.

Major duties include but are not limited to:
  • Advise Park management on park natural (flora and fauna) and cultural ethnographic resources (sites, structures, objects and landscapes) and the contemporary people who value them.
  • Assists with monitoring the conditions of ethnographic resources, identifies potential threats, and makes preliminary recommendations regarding the mitigation of present and potential impacts.
  • Coordinate Park cultural anthropology/ethnography strategies and programs with activities on adjacent lands for the purposes of broad protection strategies and minimizing human impacts.
  • Establish 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-03/12/2024-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

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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