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Posted: 01/05/2016

Employer
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Alaska Region

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide exciting recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places. We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Archeologist positions. The number, type, location, and start/stop dates of the positions are dependent upon individual unit needs. Availability of government housing, day care facilities and other items will vary by location. All locations offer excellent recreational and work opportunities. The parks recruiting through this announcement are listed below. The approximate start/stop dates for the positions are listed in parentheses. The dates are approximate and may change based on funding, weather, work, and other circumstances. When you apply online, you will be asked to specify the location(s) where you would like to work. You can select some or all of the locations. Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers: Fairbanks, AK: http://www.nps.gov/gaar or http://www.nps.gov/yuch Western Arctic National Parklands: Kotzebue, AK: http://nps.gov/wear Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: Bartlett Cove, AK: http://nps.gov/glba Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Copper Center and McCarthy, AK: http://www.nps.gov/wrst Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK: http://www.nps.gov/klgo Denali National Park and Preserve, McKinley Park, AK: http://www.nps.gov/dena Katmai National Park and Preserve, King Salmon, AK): http://www.nps.gov/katm/index.htm


Position
Archaeologist GS-5, 7, & 9
AKRO-16-1581513-DECB, AKRO-16-
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Varies, AK
Details
$17.85-27.46
 

The work involves conducting archeological fieldwork in various areas of Alaska.  Depending on the location and project, archaeological resources studies may be prehistoric or historic in nature.  Duties will typically include: may act as Crew Chief and oversee fieldwork and data collection activities;   inventory and monitor the condition of cultural resources and compliance projects in areas impacted by construction and visitor activities. Work will involve archeological surveys, test excavations, and laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts recovered. Provide historical and archeological information to visitors; prepare and keep detailed field notes and records, daily logs and journals, photographs and photo logs, archeological and architectural forms, feature and artifact drawings; prepare monthly progress reports and a final seasonal report with the assistance of field staff; use, and oversee the use of, GPS, GIS and other computer software in support of data collection and reporting activities.

Some of your time may be spent in the backcountry for periods of up to eight days or longer. The incumbent will be required to live outdoors in a tent, hike in a backcountry setting without trails or modern amenities, and may transport in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and motorized and non-motorized watercraft. 


You will participate in archeological fieldwork in various areas of Alaska. Depending on the location and project, archaeological resources may be prehistoric or historic in nature.  Work may include: 

Inventory and monitor the condition of cultural resources and compliance projects in

areas impacted by construction, maintenance and visitor activities, and other projects.

 

Participate in archeological surveys, shovel tests and archaeological excavations, and

laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts recovered.

 

Provide historical and archeological information to visitors.

 

Manage archaeological collections according to established museum procedures.

 

Prepare and keep detailed field notes and records, daily logs and journals, photographs

and photo logs, archeological and architectural forms, feature and artifact drawings, etc.

 

Assist in the preparation of monthly progress reports and a final seasonal report.

 

Assist in the use GPS, GIS and other computer software in support of data collection and reporting activities.

Some of the incumbent's time may be spent in the backcountry for periods of up to eight days or longer.  The incumbent will be required to live outdoors in a tent, hike in a backcountry setting without trails or modern amenities, and may transport in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and motorized and non-motorized watercraft, as part of park activities.

II.  GS-9 QUALIFYING EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE:   In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, qualifying applicants will meet additional experience or education as described in A, B, or C immediately below:

 

A.  GRADUATE EDUCATION:  Master's or equivalent degree, or two full years of graduate education leading to a master's degree, that is directly related to the position being filled; or 

 

B.  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Examples of specialized experience may include:  conducting archeological surveys, testing, data recovery excavations, and monitoring of projects; performing field inspections, research, and project resource assessments; reviewing cultural resource permits and fieldwork plans; utilizing computerized systems to process and analyze archeological data; writing archeological reports on field investigations; and writing Determinations of Eligibility and National Register Nominations for archeological properties; or

 

C.  COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Graduate education and experience as described immediately above that, when combined, meets 100% of the education or experience requirement.  For example 6 months of specialized experience would equal 50% of the experience requirement and 27 semester hours of graduate level education related to the position would equal 50% of the education.


Specialized Experience and/or Education:  You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-07 grade level of this position. 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; 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. This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through  the following:

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS for all Archeologist positions:   Qualified applicants will meet A, B, C, or D as described below:

 

A.   DEGREE:  Bachelor or higher degree that includes 3 semester hours each in the following 5 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, 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, IN ADDITION, 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; or.

B.  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 stated above(including archeological field school); or

 

C.  COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:   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; or

 

D.   EXPERIENCE:  Four full 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.

 

GS-7 QUALIFYING EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE:   In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, qualifying applicants will meet additional experience or education as described in A, B, or C immediately below:

 

A.  GRADUATE EDUCATION:  One year of graduate-level education (defined by your school typically 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) that is directly related to the position being filled; or 

 

B.  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Examples of specialized experience would include:  conducting work in support of historic preservation including archaeological inventory and monitoring, conducting literature searches in support of historic preservation, writing survey and excavation reports, laboratory analysis of archaeological materials, and using GPS and GIS to record archaeological sites and features; assisting in the preparation of documentation for purposes of compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.; or 

 

 

C. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: For example you have worked for 6 months and meet specialized experience (50%) and have 14 semester hours of graduate level education (50%). When totaled together it equals 100%.


To qualify, you must meet the requirements listed below.

Specialized Experience and/or Education:  You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-05 grade level of this position. 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; 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. This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through the following: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.
OPen until
01/12/2016

How to apply
Apply through www.usajobs.gov Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 1581513. Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot apply online: Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. If you have questions about this announcement call AK HR Assistant at (907)644-3347 or email AKR_USA_STAFFING@NPS.GOV prior to Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1581513 when emailing or calling.
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