Archeologist

    Duties Summary

    This position is located in the Supervisor's Office of the Tonto National Forest in Phoenix, AZ.

    Serves as Forest Heritage Program Manager, overseeing a highly diverse professional staff across the forest, providing professional leadership, guidance, and expertise in historic preservation and cultural resource management.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Devin Quintana at 602-225-5257 or devin.quintana@usda.gov.


    Responsibilities
    • Responsible for administering and providing interpretive services for historical and cultural programs
    • Advise management on requirements, impacts, and consequences of current legislation and directives relating to heritage programs.
    • Identify archeological and historical sites eligible for inclusion on national registers, assess eligibility and complete nomination of selected sites.
    • Coordinate, consult and work closely with state preservation offices, in carrying out preservation mandates, interpretive initiatives, register nominations, and overall program development.
    • Formulate short and long-range plans and requirements for management of archeological and historical resources.
    • Identify cultural resources requirements to be met in preparing environmental and planning documents.
    • Manage frequent and rapidly changing priorities and strategies and apply innovative management techniques for non-conforming resources.
    • Act as liaison between unit and Native American groups regarding unit policy, tribal concerns and requests for archeological information.
    • Work with public information office and line staff to ensure scientific accuracy and regulatory conformity of public materials.
    • Perform supervisory duties.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You will be expected to travel for this position for site visits, training and/or meetings.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0193 Archeology

  • Requirements

    Requirements 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 previously served.
    • 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.gov
    Qualifications
    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

    Basic Requirement for GS-0193:

    A. Education
    1. 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; OR
    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 listed above (including archeological field school); OR

    B. Combination of education and experience- courses equivalent to a major in Archeology as described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education;OR

    C. 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 meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience in the amounts listed below.

    Specialized Experience Requirement:

    For the GS-12: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Developed and implemented moderately complex programs such as cultural resource survey and evaluation, State Historic Preservation Office and Tribal agreement formulation, cultural resource condition monitoring, or records and artifact collections management; Developed and implemented work such as scientific evaluation of archaeological site significance, repatriation of Native American human remains, or preparation of interpretive information; Evaluated a wide range of problems such as the accurate reporting of cultural resource survey, testing and monitoring findings, and implemented corrective measures; Provided strategy for the integration of heritage program goals with other natural resources program objectives and input to protect or mitigate impacts to cultural sites.

    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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    Education
    Additional information

    THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP), USDA REEMPLOYMENT PRIORITY LIST (RPL), AND INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES who meet the eligibility requirements for priority consideration. The following link provides information for determining if you meet these criteria: Career Transition Guidelines.

    VEOA candidates may also apply. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.

    Government Housing is not available.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

    • History and Archaeology
    • Partnering
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Supervision
    • Workforce Environment
    • Writing
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Referral to the hiring manager will be based on the following:

    CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be well qualified. Well qualified is defined as receiving a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100 based on responses to the occupational questionnaire.

    RPL applicants who meet the basic minimum qualifications and have a rating of at least minimally successful on the most recent performance appraisal.

    VEOA applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified. Best qualified is defined as receiving a rating of at least 91 out of a possible 100 based on responses to the occupational questionnaire.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents
    The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications; and
    • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty; and
    • Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal AND most recent performance evaluation AND SF-50 documenting separation or the most recent SF-50 if pending separation showing position title, series, grade and duty location; or
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50; or
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50; or
    • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from the military or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50.
    VEOA Required Documentation:
    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications; and
    • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience (an unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty); and
    • DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge or if a current active duty member, certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after date the certification is signed; and
    • VA letter that shows percent of disability if claiming 10 pt. preference for a service connected disability.
    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    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 benefits.

    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 benefits offered.