Archeological Technician
Department Of The Interior - Miles City, MT

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as an Archeological Technician in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office. This position will located in Dickinson, North Dakota, Belle Fourche South Dakota, or Miles City, Montana. Information about these areas can be found at the following websites: Dickinson Chamber of Commerce , Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce , and Miles City Chamber of Commerce

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website .

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2013-0069. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES: The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Developing and maintaining automated database for Cultural Resource Projects including internal and external inventories, testing, and mitigation projects, and monitoring projects.
  • Updating existing database for paleontological localities on an annual basis.
  • Planning and performing non-complex field studies to identify cultural resources and writing reports based on these field studies.
  • Offering evaluations to professional resource specialists regarding findings and recommendations in terms of possible mitigating measures in the event of surface disturbance.
  • Monitoring of selected archeological sites and paleontological localities and preparing reports detailing results of investigations.
  • Conducting compliance checks of 3rd party archeological consultants work for accuracy and consistency. Preparing memoranda dealing with the results of investigations.
  • Preparing correspondence transmitting negative cultural resources inventory reports.
  • Entering approved survey data and reports under the guidance of the lead archeologist into geo-spatial database and maintaining the accuracy of this database.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: This job involves walking over rough terrain sometimes for the entire workday. This position will consist of both office and field work that involves work in extreme heat and cold conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service - OR - One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position such as; archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-06) of the position to be filled.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-07 level: Participating in cultural resource inventory surveys, archeological excavation projects, prehistoric architectural assessments and documentation projects. Monitoring archeological projects to ensure sufficiency of on-site surveying and recording; Preparing reports, such as cultural resource inventories that document the project’s environmental and cultural backgrounds, methodologies, and findings; Identifying and recording on maps or aerial photographs the exact locations and orientations of artifacts found.

Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
  • Knowledge of the principles of archeology, or the proven ability to acquire the necessary knowledge, and/or history.
  • Knowledge of the practices of cultural resource management.
  • Ability to read topographic maps and develop written reports.
  • Knowledge to write technical reports and prepare reports using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, or similar programs efficiently.
  • Knowledge of collecting data using a Global Position System (GPS).
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BENEFITS: To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at:

  • At times, occasional travel will be required.
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQ regarding PCS click here .
  • BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives, Service Credit for Non-Federal Work Experience Toward Annual Leave Accrual Rates, and Student Loan Repayments.
  • This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

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