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Department Of The Interior
College Heights Durango, Colorado
Closing date
Jun 16, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Archeologist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Duty Location: Durango, Colorado and Grand Junction, Colorado

This position is concurrently open to all U.S. Citizens under Announcement Number BOR-UCB-24-DE-12404869-OPM.In order to qualify, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Basic and Minimum Qualification Requirement as noted below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience, and if qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial or official transcripts must be provided with your application.

Basic Requirement:

A. Have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher 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; AND 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; AND Archeological field school.


B. Have successfully completed a 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 A ABOVE (including archeological field school).


C. Have a 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.


D. Have four years of archeological work experience that demonstrates 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-graded 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.

Minimum Qualification Requirement, GS-11:Specialized Experience: Have one (1) full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing 4 of the 6 the following: (1) Serving as a technical specialist for a division, organization or field area office; utilizing archeological, historical, and cultural resources principles and practices; (2) Consulting with Native American tribes to coordinate cultural resource investigations, Reclamation projects and undertakings, Traditional Cultural Property studies, or issuance of archeological permits under the Archeological Resources Protection Ac; (3) Ensuring regulatory compliance and/or agency plans, and activities are consistent with statutory/regulatory requirements such as the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966; (4) Preparing Requests for Proposal, Scopes of Work, and/or Government cost estimates; (5) Communicating with internal/external stakeholders to build and maintain effective working relationships; and (6) Writing clear and concise technical reports of work performed, including recommendations. (Please note, your resume must fully support your qualifying experience)


Education: Have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M., in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to conduct the work of this position such as Archeology, Anthropology, etc.


Combination of Education/Experience: Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education described above. (To calculate, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-09 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-11 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 eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.

You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 06/13/2024.

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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