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Archeologist

Employer
Department Of The Interior
Location
Ajo, Arizona
Closing date
May 30, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Discipline
Archaeology
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
This position is located in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, in the Resource Management Division.

Career-Seasonal appointments are permanent positions and include the same benefits as Career appointments, but do not provide work on a year-round basis. You will work from approximately August through May, and you will be in a non-pay status for the remainder of the year.

Major Duties of this position include:
  • Performs Archeological fieldwork.
  • Record archeological data, including spatial data with appropriate methods and devices.
  • Manages analog and digital cultural resource data, including spatial data with appropriate methods and software; manages databases.
  • Contributes to site records, compliance documents, and research reports.
  • Assists in interdisciplinary NEPA and NHPA compliance process and related consultation.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Area Information:

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located in the Sonoran Desert in Southwestern Arizona. Park headquarters is located 35 miles from Ajo, Arizona and 5 miles from the international boundary with Mexico. Park housing is very limited and most employees live in Ajo. The nearest cites to Ajo include Phoenix (90 miles away) and Tucson (120 miles away). Two commuter vans operate between Ajo and Monument offices.

Ajo has a population of 3000 and multiple amenities that allow families and individuals to easily thrive, including:

K-12 schools

An IGA supermarket

Desert Senita Health Clinic and pharmacy

Pima County Library

County parks with playground, swimming pool, ball fields, community center, activity course, and more

Several churches

Restaurants (Agave Grill, Arriba Mexican Food, Tacos Tarrasco)

Stores for household goods, electronics, and appliances (K5/Radio Shack, Family Dollar, Dollar General)

Three gas stations (Chevron, Shell, Circle K)

A local natural history association, archaeological society, CSA, farmers market, and other community groups that sponsor events on a regular basis

Average daily maximum temperatures in June, July, and August are 102-103°F.

Average daily maximum temperatures in December, January, and February are 69-73°F.

Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-05/24/2024-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

For this position, you must meet basic qualifications before meeting any minimum qualifications. You must meet one of the four options below for Basic Qualifications for the series of 0193:

Successfully completed 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).
  • OR-

Successfully completed 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).
  • OR-

Completed a college-level education or training that provides the knowledge equivalent to that described in 1A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
  • OR-

Completed 4 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.
  • AND -

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. Examples include conducting archaeological surveys and collecting data in the field. Assisting with data management, quality review, and certification. Utilizing a variety of computer programs to compile, store, retrieve, analyze resource management data. Assisting with literature reviews pertinent to the archaeology, history, and management of cultural resources in the local area. Contributing to survey reports and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act compliance; aiding with tasks associated to consultation. Assisting with project management for mitigation projects, including historic preservation.
  • OR-

EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one full year of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Master's Degree or higher, or completion of all requirements for a Master or equivalent graduate degree. To be qualifying, graduate study must have been in archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field. The total education offered to meet this provision must have provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position. 18 semester hours can be considered one academic year of graduate study.
  • OR-

Meet at least one of the three requirements listed below for Superior Academic Achievement - Successful completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement: 1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR, 2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR, 3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies: https://www.achshonor.org/
  • OR-

Successful completion of a combination of graduate education and experience as described above. Example: Six (6) months of experience (50% of experience) plus nine (9) hours of graduate education (50% of education), equals 100% of this requirement. NOTE: Only qualifying graduate education in excess of 120 semester hours (undergraduate), is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement.

To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess 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-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is defined as planning and conducting archeological resource surveys, preparing archeological survey reports, and evaluating the significance of archeological resources.
  • OR-

EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or a master's in archeology or equivalent graduate degree (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours).
  • OR-

Continued in Education:

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