Archaeologist (direct Hire)
Company: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Location: Des Moines
Posted on: March 26, 2020
The incumbent provides leadership for archeology and cultural
resources activities of the Natural Resources Conservation
Direct Hire Authority: These positions are being filled through the
Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Direct-Hire Authority for
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- Provides authoritative recommendations for treatment and
preservation of cultural resources.
- Defines areas of major cultural resource/environmental
concerns, and designs and implements methods and procedures to
address such concerns.
- Carries out field investigations and produces professional
quality cultural resources investigation and assessment
- Assists in the development of computer and Web-based programs
and tools for cultural resources subjects, including linking to the
Customer Service Toolkit - the Natural Resources Conservation
Service field level planning tool, as appropriate.
- Identifies necessary cultural resources studies, develops
specifications for scopes of work, determines cultural and
scientific significance of identified resources in accordance with
the guidelines and national Register of Historic Places
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
- Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a US Citizen or US National.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service
registered or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background
investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless
- Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees
are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to
their financial institution.
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/.
- Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle
operator's license for the type of vehicle(s) operated to perform
the duties of this position.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility
requirements by the closing date of the announcement including
specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
1. Degree: 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 a major field of study 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
-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
-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;
-scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or
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).
B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education
or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described
above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional
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 requirements described above, the following
additional experience is required:
Specialized experience GS-11:You must have at least one (1) year of
specialized experience, equivalent to GS-09 level in the Federal
Service or comparable experience not gained through Federal
Service. For this position, examples of specialized experience is
defined as: Providing guidance and training on cultural resource
issues; Executing significant cultural projects affecting the
welfare of the public and/or the sustainability of natural and
cultural resources on the environment; Developing and coordinating
networks and contacts beneficial to the successful performance of
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide
valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid
employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience,
including volunteer experience.
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of
college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades
received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of
education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course
is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research,
thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an
official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the
university/college for that particular course to ensure you are
properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations
are based solely on the information submitted for each particular
vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every
vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for
rating. All required information must be received by the closing
date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required
documents/documentation will result in non-consideration.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be
received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission
of these documents will result in non-consideration.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to
be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore,
only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link. All
education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly.
Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification
requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency
with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Click on this link for more information.
- Direct Hire Authority: These positions are being filled through
the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Direct-Hire Authority
for this occupation.
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority
List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
(ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a
CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for
this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic
eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP
candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or
above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How
You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based
category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating
of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
- Management may select at any grade level.
- This position is eligible for telework within the local
commuting area of the position and other flexible work
arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the
- Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such
as long periods of standing, traversing steep slopes and rough
construction sites, recurring bending and stooping, jumping across
shallow ditches, walking in soft, muddy and slippery conditions,
and lifting and carrying equipment and samples that weigh up to 50
- Work Environment: Work is typically performed in the field and
in an office setting. Frequent trips to field sites involve
exposure to construction equipment and the environment, and extreme
temperatures of hot and cold. Protective gear and clothing such as
a hard hat, boots, and gloves may be necessary during field visits
and in the area of moving machinery. Exposure to noise levels
common to construction sites with large earth-moving equipment can
be expected. There will be exposure to disease carrying insects and
irritating plants. Fieldwork is performed on a regular and
- PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as
efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following:
- If called for an interview, applicants must be available to
interview within 3 business days of being contacted.
- If a tentative job offer is extended, selectee will have 2
business days in which to accept or decline.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
Continued from Additional Information:
- It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment
simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had
financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the
individual. See more information at:
- To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that
exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and must be
proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
- Throughout the duration of this vacancy announcement,
applications that are received will be referred to the selecting
official every 30 days after the opening date. This announcement
will close at the end of the open period or when a selection is
made, whichever comes first.
- Selections made under this authority will be processed as new
appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees
would therefore be given a new appointment to the civil
- Relocation and/or Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.
- Promotion Potential: If you are selected for a position with
further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career
development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you
successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by
management. However, promotion is neither implied nor
- Duty Location: Duty Locations will be determined upon
selection. You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you
meet the qualifications above.
This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet
the minimum qualifications, to include any selective placement
factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting
official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official,
the resume is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the
qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran's
preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire
authority for this position.
Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be
substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that
your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer
choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
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" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit:
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
The following documents are required for your applicant package to
be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible
software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be
accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result
in loss of consideration.
- Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name,
address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work
experience related to this position as described in the major
duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of
employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other
- If education is required or you are using education to qualify,
you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial
copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name
and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected,
you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to
entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained
from an accredited school, college or university. If any education
was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your
application evidence that the institute was appropriately
accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are
private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee
is normally associated with this service. For a list of private
organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All
transcripts must be in English or include an English
- For more information on veterans' preference visit
- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP
priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice,
notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or
directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of
disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as
applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade
level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to
be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in
this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
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