Build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. 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.
Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens and nationals.
One position may be filled for an Archeologist GS-0193-07/09. The full performance level (FPL) of the position advertised is GS-09. This position may be filled at less than FPL. However, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed. This position is guaranteed to work at least 13 pay periods (6 months) and as many as 25 pay periods (11.5 months) in a service year depending on funding and availability. The initial term of employment will be for 13 months with the possibility of extension not to exceed a full term of 4 years. Continued employment beyond the initial 13 month period is dependent on funding.
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities in a diverse natural setting on a 131 mile long lake that is bordered by 312 miles of publicly owned shoreline, all of which is available for public use.
The duty station for this position is Kettle Falls, WA. The North District includes public use areas with campgrounds, picnic areas, swim beaches, day use areas, employee housing, administrative offices, storage areas, boat docks, and launching ramps. The district contains numerous cultural facilities including historic St. Paul's Mission and is in the Kettle Falls Archeological District. Kettle Falls District Office is located approximately 3 miles from the city of Kettle Falls (population 1,400). Kettle Falls provides schools K-12 with bus service, a variety of stores, gas stations, restaurants and motels. Colville (population 6,000) is approximately 11 miles from Kettle Falls and provides a community college, hospital, motels, restaurants, golf course and a wide variety of shops. Spokane (population 500,000) is 80 miles away and provides all the amenities of a large city. The area is ideal for outdoor recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, bird and nature walks, snow skiing and water skiing.
APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.
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U.S. Citizenship Required
Favorably Adjudicated Background Investigation
GS-07 level : This position participates in a variety of archeological and cultural resource tasks including pre-field work, research, survey, reconnaissance, monitoring, test excavation, data recovery excavation, analysis and reporting. Assists in conducting archaeological survey and testing for inventory and compliance projects. Completes documentation for submittal to other agencies, Tribal governments and the State Historic Preservation Office. Uses GPS/GIS technologies to document fieldwork and to incorporate finished maps into reports. Conducts historical research and oral histories on archaeological sites.
GS-09 level : This position participates in, and conducts independently, a variety of archeological and cultural resource tasks including pre-field work, research, survey, reconnaissance, monitoring, test excavation, data recovery excavation, analysis and reporting. Prepares historic preservation documents, compliance and background material required under Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act and National Park Service policies and guidelines for planning and construction projects. Uses GPS/GIS technologies to document fieldwork and to incorporate finished maps into reports. Conducts historical research and oral histories on archaeological sites. Periodically supervises and provides leadership to crews of up to three people or serves as an assistant to supervisor of larger crews during complex projects.
For more information on the positions, please contact Ray DePuydt, Archeologist, at 509-738-6266 ext. 101.
The full performance level (FPL) of the position advertised is GS-09. This position may be filled at less than FPL. However, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed. You must meet qualification standards as specified in the Office of Personnel Management's Qualifications Standards Handbook for the job series Archeologist GS-0193 as listed below:
A. Education : Bachelor or higher degree that includes 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.
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;
Archeological field school.
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. (including archeological field school).
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.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE; YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS. WE WILL NOT SOLICIT YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION IF IT IS NOT SUBMITTED.
In addition to the Basic Requirement above, you must also meet the qualifications requirements for the grade(s) advertised on this vacancy.
Archeologist GS-0193-07: You may qualify based on one or more of the following: superior academic achievement (SAA), specialized experience, graduate education, or a combination of specialized experience and graduate education.
SAA: Completion of a bachelor's degree (with major study, which is equivalent to 24 semester hours in natural resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources) and SAA. SAA provisions are as follows: Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - Maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. - OR - Member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. You MUST submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses.
Specialized Experience: At least one year of professional archeological experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: having conducted archaeological investigations as an experienced crew member; prepared reports on archaeological investigations; prepared Section 106 compliance documentation for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office; conducted surveys using GPS mapping techniques and preparing GIS maps and overlays; conducted research on sites in the Lake Roosevelt area; and having experience conducting historical archaeological field investigations and report preparation.
Graduate Education: At least one full year of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Masters Degree. To be qualifying, graduate study must have been in archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field. The total education offered to meet this provision must have provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position. To receive credit, you should describe how their specific course work, research projects, dissertation, theses, etc. demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of this position. (Eighteen semester hours or 27 quarter hours or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study is considered to be equal to one full year of graduate education.)
Combination of qualifying specialized experience and graduate coursework of the level and type described above for the GS-07 level.
Archeologist GS-0193-09: You may qualify based on one or more of the following: specialized experience, graduate education, or a combination of specialized experience and graduate education.
Specialized Experience: At least one year of professional archeological experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: I have at least one year of professional archeological experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: having planned and conducted archaeological investigations at a crew chief level or higher; prepared archaeological survey reports; evaluated significance of archeological resources; prepared Section 106 compliance documentation for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office; conducted surveys using GPS mapping techniques and preparing GIS maps and overlays; conducted research on sites in the Lake Roosevelt area; and conducted historical archaeological field investigations, artifact analysis, and report preparation.
Graduate Education: At least two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Masters Degree. To be qualifying, graduate study must have been in archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field. The total education offered to meet this provision must have provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position. To receive credit, you should describe how their specific course work, research projects, dissertation, theses, etc. demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of this position. (Eighteen semester hours or 27 quarter hours or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study is considered to be equal to one full year of graduate education.)
Combination of qualifying specialized experience and graduate coursework of the level and type described above for the GS-07 level.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For further information on creditable education, visit: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
The Occupational Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:
Knowledge or work experience related to archeology with an emphasis on work experience with all the following: survey, monitoring, test excavation, data recovery, and historic archeology
Knowledge of National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Skill in using the basic tools and equipment common to archeological functions such as topographic maps, compass, GPS, transit and cameras
Knowledge of Upper Columbia prehistory and historic archeology
Ability to perform database entry, maintain databases, and skill in identification and analysis
Experience and ability to train, lead, and direct the work of others conducting archeological research (GS-09 positions only)
Two registers, one at each grade level, may be issued for this announcement utilizing category rating procedures. Candidates meeting eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official under under Category Rating procedures. Applicants who meet the basic requirement and minimum qualifications under the competitive process will be assigned a score between 70 and 100 and placed in one of the following groups:
Superior Qualified : Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified : Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Qualified : Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some but not all of the requirements of the job.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores. See the Office of Personnel Management's VetGuide for more information about Veteran's Preference: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
Conditions of Employment:
Background Investigation: All selectees will be required to complete a background investigation with favorable adjudication prior to entry on duty.
Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new federal employees.
Driver License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver's license.
Uniform: Some projects require selectees to wear the NPS uniform. If wearing a uniform is a requirement of the position, a uniform allowance will be provided to offset some of these costs.
Travel: Incumbent will be required to occasionally travel to meet work demands.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.
Physical Demands: Work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required for field work. Heavy items such as backpacks weighing 40-50 pounds must be lifted and carried on a regular basis. Archeological survey work may be carried out on steep, isolated terrain. Incumbent must be able to hike on rough, obscure trails, and be able to navigate cross-country using a map and compass. Excavations may require strenuous physical exertion and heavy lifting.
Work Environment: Approximately 60-75% of the work is performed in the office. Survey, testing, excavation, and monitoring work is performed in park areas, often these are located in the backcountry. The incumbent may be required to work independently to complete fieldwork projects in isolated and rugged areas. The incumbent must be familiar with outdoor safety and survival skills and must be able to operate a vehicle on rough roads. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is known for its rapidly changing weather conditions. The incumbent needs to be able to operate effectively in a variety of less than optimum weather conditions.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as a part of this announcement. You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp
1. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
2. You can request consideration under a non-competitive authority if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking on your application and attach evidence of your eligibility as a supporting document.
3. The Human Resources Office at Olympic National Park may not solicit applicants for additional or missing information/documents. Please ensure that your application packet is complete prior to submittal.
4. Government housing is not available for this position.
5. Career Transition Assistance Plan and Interagency (CTAP/ICTAP): If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
6. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a legible copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
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