Student Internship (Archeologist)
Department Of Agriculture - Colchester, VT

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Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!!

WHAT IS THE NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE? The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a Federal agency under the Department of Agriculture. Our mission is to help private landowners conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Participation in our programs is voluntary, with cost shares and financial incentives available in some cases. Most work is done with local partners, and our partnership with local conservation districts serves almost every county in the nation, plus the Caribbean and Pacific Basin. Find out more through our website at Natural Resources Conservation Service website

The NRCS in Vermont routinely recruits for Student Trainees under the Pathways Internship Program. The Pathways Internship Program is a planned, progressive education program that provides for the integration of a student's academic studies with target positions in the Federal workforce. These internships allow students to gain real, paid work experience while pursuing a college degree in a particular career field. Vermont NRCS is specifically seeking students who have completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education or obtained a Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelor's degree in a related Archeology or other closely-related field. Those who apply should be interested in doing professional Archaeologist work after graduation from college and be available to work under the Pathways program prior to graduation.

HOW DOES THE PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM WORK? These positions will provide hands-on experience for students that are in the specific discipline for which hired and is related to the student's academic program and career goals. Placement will begin in the Spring or Summer (depending on student availability).

Students must be willing to work in any location in Vermont. The selected student's initial work location will be determined at time of selection.

The position is part-time. It will convert to a full-time position when the incumbent successfully meets the requirements for graduation and the qualifications for conversion. Once the student completes the education requirement, they may be placed in permanent positions at either GS 7 level or GS 9 level (depending on qualifications) when they graduate. The full performance level for this positions is GS-11. If converted to a permanent position, at management's discretion students may be non-competitively promoted to that level when eligible. However, progression to that level is neither guaranteed nor required. Advancement is dependent upon successful performance in the position and satisfaction of time-in-grade and qualification requirements. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a United States Citizen
Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized
NRCS utilizes E-Verify to identify and determine employment eligibility
Positive Education Requirement
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service

Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License DUTIES:
The trainee position is a developmental position designed to provide intensive and specialized training in the Archeological field. Work will become increasingly more complex as the student masters skills and assignments and progresses through the development process.

Archeologist duties: As an Archeologist Student Trainee, you will spend time in both the office and in a field environment assisting the existing Archeologist and other staff in providing cultural resources assistance; working with cultural resources inventories, field investigations to identify cultural resources or historic properties as related to the delivery of conservation practices; conducting research, literature reviews, data compilations, report writing and report preparation; ensuring compliance with cultural resources policies and field methods with regular quality assurance reviews of planned projects and field inventories; Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) equipment and software are used for data collection.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be:
A degree-seeking college student enrolled for at least a half-time course load at an accredited institution of higher education. Major field of study MUST be in Archeology, or another discipline closely related to and qualifying for the position being filled (i.e. Student Trainee Archeologist).

A student in good standing and having a record as a student that is in all respects predictive of graduation. Student must maintain at least a 2.5 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent, and maintain a grade of "C" or better at all times in the major field of study.

Available to work and complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation;

Interested in long-term permanent employment with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Vermont.

Able to meet all physical, medical, security, and Federal eligibility requirements.

This position may be made permanent upon graduation if the student meets all qualification, eligibility, and educational requirements and is recommended for conversion by their supervisor. To help you determine whether your degree will be qualifying for conversion, we are listing the educational requirements that must be met by graduation. These educational requirements are absolute. Only students who will meet all qualifications for the Archeology series by the time they graduate should consider applying to our internship opportunity:

This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts in order to be considered. If you have coursework which you feel helps you meet the educational qualifications that is not clearly evident from the course titling on your transcript, you must include a course description photocopied from your catalog so we can understand the course.

Applicants will be rated solely on the information provided in their original application. No additional information will be requested or accepted.

To be considered for conversion to a permanent career/career conditional appointment, you must meet Basic OPM Requirements (Conversion can occur anytime within 120 days after graduation) :

A. Bachelor's or higher 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.


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.1 (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.

Additional Information:
In addition to submitting a copy of your college transcripts, you also need to submit documents supporting enrollment or acceptance in a Graduate program (as applicable).

Also, note:
  • Periodic travel is required.
  • You will be working outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions and with exposure to wildlife.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identifies as important for successful job performance.

Well-Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

Qualified: Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are place in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.

YOUR RESUME MUST DOCUMENT THE EXPERIENCE and PROFICIENCY YOU REFLECT IN YOUR RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, OR that your resume does not support the score on your questionnaire, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. BENEFITS:

Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork Schedule, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .
Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown,and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans' preference , please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference , please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation.

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