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Department Of The Interior
Anchorage, Alaska
Closing date
Mar 4, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Region, Office of the Regional Director, Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources, Branch of Regional Archeology in Anchorage, Alaska.

This is a Bargaining Unit position, for more information see What are bargaining units?


As an Archaeologist, your typical work assignments and/or responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Conducts field surveys in remote Alaskan locations for Section 106 compliance.
  • Identifies and evaluates historic properties for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Conducts Section 106 consultation with other Federal and State governmental agencies, Tribal organizations, landowners, and the public.
  • Responsible for writing Section 106 reports.
  • Conducts Section 106 mitigation projects when deemed appropriate.
  • Manages artifact and collection indexing and conducts laboratory analysis of collected material.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions; and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0193: Archeology Series).


A. Degree - which includes three (3) semester hours of 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, including but 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 semester hours of related course work in: geography, geology, or cultural geology; history, historiography, or historical archeology; environmental studies; scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or surveying AND archeological field school.


B. Related curriculum - Degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or related discipline may be accepted as satisfying in full the educational requirements, provided the curriculum supplies the academic course work sufficiently similar to that required in A.1 (including archeological field school). OR B. Combination of education and experience - college-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A. above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.


C. Experience - four years of archeological work experience which demonstrated that the applicant has acquired 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 include a combination of professional experience in archeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis and preparation of written materials.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:

GS-11: I meet the basic requirement and I have at least 1 year of specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-09 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). This experience involves conducting on-the-ground archeological surveys and investigations, consolidating and interpreting findings based on work, prepare appropriate documentation for compliance with federal laws and regulations. Act as lead field archeologist for lower graded archeologist. Work with GIS programs and GPS devises. Review archeological permits and monitoring the work of archeological contractors, reviewing reports for completeness and accuracy, conduct searches of available records and documents to determine need for field investigations and potential effects,


EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.

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