Archeologist
Department Of Agriculture - Wilmington, IL

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0915000002-534G-CJ. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position is located on the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

If you have questions on how to apply for this vacancy, please see the Agency Contact information which is listed below.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Rick Short at 815-423-6370 and email rshort@fs.fed.us .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:
Provides advice on identification and management of Heritage and Cultural Resources Program, including development of immediate objectives, integration with resource activities, and establishment or priorities.

Coordinates the budget and project plan of work for the unit’s archeological and cultural activities within the NF unit.

Designs and implements inventory strategies as part of the land use planning process based on Forest-wide priorities and needs.

Reviews reports as part of project planning to evaluate the quality of the inventory, the completeness of the report, and the significance of heritage or cultural sites found.

Develops contract specifications for heritage and cultural resource work and as delegated, acts as COR or inspector on such contracts.

Interprets heritage and cultural resources to the public and professional contacts through presentations at visitor facilities, professional journals, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualification based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

A. Education
1. Bachelor's 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.

2. 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.

OR

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.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above you will need the following: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; or master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Provides input on developing inventory strategies, writing contract specifications and program budget management; writes and/or edits portions of reports, assists senior employees with preparation and submittal of document packages to agencies, such as SHPO; assists with analysis of historical properties and conducts research to recommend mitigation procedures.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIREMENTS:
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=80486dfa-6761-44b4-8820-a12a01158073

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - This location is not covered by a Bargaining Agreement.

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

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