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Department Of The Interior
Phoenix, Arizona
Closing date
Jun 18, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Region in Phoenix, Arizona. The incumbent will serve as expert Regional staff authority with regard to cultural resources matters and various laws and regulations, relating to archeological resources, historic preservation and paleontology.

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


A. Education
  • Degree that included 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.
    • 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.

    • Six 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;

    • Archeological field school.

    Related Curriculum: 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 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 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.

    Applicants who meet the following experience requirement in addition to the Basic Requirements listed above may qualify for this GS-13 level position-
    • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level obtained either through Federal or non-Federal employment which demonstrated journeyman-level experience in the primary authorship of National Historic Preservation Act Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) Section 106 compliance documents to include survey reports, eligibility recommendations, Historic Property Treatment Plans, Memorandums of Understanding, and Programmatic Agreements and ARPA-related documents such as Damage Assessments.

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Applicants must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects which includes Professional Qualification Standards that stipulate possession of a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field.

    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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