Archeologist, GS-0193-07 (HRF 12-188)
Department Of The Interior - Hawaii National Park, HI

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Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens

The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.

Experience Your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

This is an announcement for a temporary seasonal position, with part-time work not to exceed 1039 hours in a service year. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.

Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill 2 vacancies at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

Full Performance Level: GS-07

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U.S. Citizenship is required.

Pre-employment background investigation is required.

Pre-employment National Agency Check (NAC) must be completed.

Must provide Social Security Number to be considered.

All supporting documents must be received by the closing date.

The incumbent will support the current archeology projects at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The incumbent will be directed by the park archeologist and responsible for the strict adherence to the Secretary of Interior's Standards for documentation of the archeological features at HAVO. The incumbent will work closely with park staff to implement strategies to document archeological and cave sites within the park. The incumbent must be able to work in a hot, humid environment and have the ability to walk or stand on uneven ground. The incumbent may work independently to follow-up on work assignments that require repetitive responses as part of completing archeological site forms or assessments. This position requires the use of a computer, drawing programs, digital or film camera, and Trimble GPS. The incumbent must have proven ability to be organized and maintain records, and will require the use of global positioning system and its application in creating or adding to an existing geographic information system based on National Park Service graphic standards and protocol. The primary duty station for the incumbent will be Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) at Hawaii National Park, Hawaii.

Position Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Please visit for area information.

For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Laura Schuster, Chief of Cultural Resources Management, 808-985-6130.

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to 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; 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.


Successfully completed related curriculum: a bachelor’s or higher degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or a related discipline, provided the curriculum supplied academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements in 1A above, (including archeological field school).


Possess a combination of college-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.


Possess four years of archeological work experience that demonstrates 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.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: participating in architectural inventory and monitoring projects, conducting research in support of historic preservation, writing archaeological survey and excavation reports, and using GPS and GIS to record archaeological sites and features. This work has been performed in the Hawaiian Islands or a similar location.

Successfully completed 1 year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, archaeology or other directly-related subject matter.


An equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, 6 months of the specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-7) and 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of appropriate directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement for GS-7).

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

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.

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Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

KSA-1 . Knowledge of archeological field practices especially as they relate to the Hawaiian Islands.

KSA-2. Skill in using computers and computerized databases.

KSA-3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

KSA-4 . Ability to perform field work safely in a variety of conditions.

Basis for rating:
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

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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 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.

Temporary employees are eligible for sick leave, and annual leave.

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Travel, transportation, and relocation will not be paid by the National Park Service.

Government housing is not available.

Applicants must possess a valid state driver’s license .

Wearing a uniform is required.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

Physical demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy items.

Work environment: Work is performed both indoors and occasionally outdoors with moderate risks.

ICTAP/CTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required for this position as specified above.

Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty, or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.

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