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 January through June, and you will be in a non-pay status for the remainder of the year.
Archaeologists in the National Park Service develop, administer, supervise, or conduct scientific studies of the tangible products (artifacts, structures, sites, etc.) of the past, seeking to develop valid knowledge of the how and why of human behavior of the past within the context of the natural and cultural settings in which it occurred. They are concerned with all time periods of human occupation of the United States or other geographical areas of the world, from earliest prehistoric time to the relatively recent past. Archaeologists conduct archeological field investigations and laboratory analysis, prepare interpretative materials, and use specialized techniques, such as analysis of animal or plant remains. They also supervise the activities of others engaged in such work. They frequently function to integrate results (either their own or those of others) into park environmental assessments, impact statements, operational programs, historic preservation compliance reports, and varied types of other planning documents. Archeologists also engage in the stabilization and physical preservation of ruined and prehistoric buildings and structures.
The incumbent applies professional knowledge and skills to the solution of problems generally concerned with archeological work. They deal with archeological resource identification, documentation, protection, interpretation, and preservation; carry out or assist in limited scope monitoring, survey, testing, and excavating archeological sites; perform lab work and managing of field data; and produce small-scale reports. The incumbent assists with establishing and maintaining continuing relationships with individual members of the public, contractors, permit holders, tribal representatives, city, county, and state officials, and other federal agencies and educators.
The incumbent assists in consulting with Native American Tribes to develop mitigation measures for projects affecting Traditional Cultural Properties. They recommend goals, objectives, and plans to direct the long-range protection and management of important cultural resources. The incumbent may also assist in development of temporary exhibits and repair or refinement of permanent exhibits; provide customer service to visitors in the park, on the telephone, and during periodic roving assignments; meet and greet park visitors, and provide helpful information about the park and community to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience; and assist with management of park museum collection's three-dimensional artifacts.
This position requires standing for long periods of time, up to 8 hours/day, both inside and outside, and is subject to high temperatures and humidity. The position also requires lifting of up to 50-pound artifacts and hiking up to 4 miles up and down mountains in forested areas to monitor archeological sites.
Physical Demands: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work are sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.
Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, firelines, swamps, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible.
Requirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required.
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal civilian employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.
You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
You may be required to travel overnight away from home.
You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-09/02/2022-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.
For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess the Basic Requirement of all of the Secretary of the Interior Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement.
Secretary of Interior Professional Qualification Standard for Archeologist: Possess a graduate degree in archeology, anthropology, or closely related field plus:1.) One full year of professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological research, administration or management.2.) At least four (4) months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archeology.3.) Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.4.) In addition to these professional qualifications, a professional in prehistoric archeology shall have at least one (1) year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archeological resources of the prehistoric period, or a professional in historic archeology shall have at least one (1) year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archeological resources of the historic period. -AND- Meet at least one of the Minimum Qualifications listed below by the closing date of the announcement.
EXPERIENCE: . I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of an Archeologist, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include but is not limited to; conducting archaeological surveys, testing, excavation, and monitoring of projects; performing field inspections, research, and project resource assessments; review cultural resource permits and fieldwork plans; utilizing computerized systems to process, and analyze archaeological data; plan long range protection and management of cultural resources. You must include years, months and hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Archeology, Anthropology or closely related degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to this position. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. You must include transcripts.
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.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.