Duties The position serves as an Archeologist performing professional work in heritage resource management within the framework of BLM's multiple use mission. At this grade level, the incumbent applies a professional knowledge of archeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques to perform a variety of complex assignments related to heritage resource management.
Curation: Ensures collections from public lands, and the associated records, are deposited in repositories that meet federal curatorial facility standards. Documents and reports to management information regarding collections deposited at curation facilities and compiles data for the annual heritage report.
Archeological Inventories: Designs and implements resource inventory strategies and sampling designs to obtain required data on heritage resources within a given project area. Conducts inventories to locate heritage resources and determine impacts due to developmental activities in accordance with applicable federal laws, regulations and policies. Provides professional recommendations on the significance of archeological sites, historic or prehistoric structures, or objects identified during surveys. Conducts site testing or excavation, as appropriate. Prepares professional reports and studies and reviews reports made by others, ensuring all reports are adequate to meet compliance requirements of legislation, regulation, and needs of BLM management.
Consultation: Informs and consults with BLM management, land owners, state government officials, tribal governments, consulting parties and the public to provide information, develop opportunities for partnerships, meet legal requirements, and explain and apply new technologies. Determines the significance of heritage resources found during surveys and recommends to management, tribal entities, consulting parties, and the public strategies for avoidance, minimization, data recovery, and/or mitigation of adverse effects to significant heritage resources. Works with a variety of consulting parties in the development of programmatic and memoranda of agreement, treatment plans, and compensatory mitigation opportunities.
Heritage Resources Management: Ensures compliance with Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Recommends and/or determines eligibility of heritage resources for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and provides recommendations for reducing or eliminating adverse project impacts. Ensures that heritage resource services are adequate to meet multiple resource planning and project requirements. Provides recommendations and solutions required to achieve compliance and eliminate resource conflicts. In conjunction with consulting parties, develops programmatic and memoranda of agreements, treatment plans, and preservation plans. Monitors, ensures compliance with, and reports on the terms and conditions of such agreements and plans. Provides analytical data and reports on all heritage activities in the office as part of the annual heritage report or other data calls.
Heritage and Paleontological Resources Environmental Analysis and Planning Documents: Writes and prepares heritage and paleontological resource input for portions of environmental documents such as environmental assessments and planning documents, and coordinates with other specialists for multiple use documents, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Prepares overview studies and synthesizes technical and analytical reports. Reviews plans and projects to assure coordination, evaluation, or protection of heritage and paleontological values. Assesses the planning area at a landscape level to determine the best management for heritage and paleontological resources within that landscape and develops best management practices for such resources. Incorporates knowledge of the Potential Fossil Yield Classification (PFYC) and its use as a management tool to categorize paleontological resources in the planning area.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Ensures that inventory and site data are entered, managed, and utilized in various geospatial databases. Ensures that reports and data meet the format specifications mandated by BLM policy and that the heritage resources data in the system is updated and accurate. Utilizes the heritage resource and other resource spatial data to perform analyses to assist with land use planning, decision making, and day-to-day management activities. Applies viewshed analysis tools for assessing and analyzing impacts to heritage resources. May develop data sharing agreements with tribes and public or private entities showing a clear demonstrated interest in the undertaking.
Requirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required
May be required to complete background investigation.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents).
You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
You will be required to obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.
You must meet the BASIC Requirement *AND* meet the ADDITIONAL Requirement in order to qualify for this position.
BASIC Requirement for the 0193 series: (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education.)
1. Bachelor's or higher degree that included three (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; 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 workANDSix (6) 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. **OR** 2. 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 "1" above, including archeological field school. **OR** 3. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in "1" above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. When combining education with experience, first determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify this grade level. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education and your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.) **OR** 4. 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.
ADDITIONAL Requirement: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, in addition to the Basic Requirement above, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education below for the position in which you are applying.