U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0082
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Archaeologist
Open Period:
03/07/2016 - 03/11/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0193 09
Salary:
USD $48,968 - USD $63,654
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Medford, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Paula Jones
503-808-6477
pkjones@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Term NTE 13 months.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as an Archaeologist.

The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface 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 BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
More than one position may be filled from this announcement.  This is a term position with an initial not-to-exceed date of one year, which may be extended without further competition up to 4 years.  Extension is not guaranteed.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

For information about the Medford District visit our website.

For information about the Medford and Rogue Valley area, visit their website.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.

Duties

This position is located in the Division of Operations (Lands and Resources Division), Medford District, BLM, Medford, Oregon. This is a TERM, full-time position and reports to the Deputy for Resources in the Division of Operations (Lands and Resources Division). The duty location is Medford, Oregon.  This position supports the Medford District Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program. Working with the AML program manager, the incumbent performs archaeological work assignments involving AML site inventory and data management, performing hazard identification and mitigation planning for AML, prepares archeology reports in compliance with Section 106 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and conducts surface compliance inspections of mining claims and occupancy. 

Field work often occurs in rugged terrain under very adverse weather conditions and dense vegetation. Thick brush including poison oak grows extensively throughout the Medford District and cannot be avoided during field work.  The office environment is recently remodeled, however, space is limited and the position will be expected to work in a communal cubicle setting. The office is well lit and temperature controlled. Regular office noises including conversations that can be overheard are to be expected.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You will need to submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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, you 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.

    1.  Knowledge of historical hard rock mining practices sufficient to prepare archeology reports focusing on historical mining features.
    2.  Skill in managing AML and cultural databases and generating reports from databases.
    3.  Skill in using GPS/GIS as a part of data management and to generate maps.
    4.  Ability to conduct field inspections of AML sites to identify hazards.
    5.  Skill in project inspection for abandoned mine site remediation.
    Qualifications:
    **Selective Placement Factor:** This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified (your resume must clearly and specifically indicate the work experience which provided you with this knowledge skill or ability).  Selective Factor: Experience utilizing knowledge of historical hard rock mining practices to conduct inventory and prepare archaeology site records and reports focusing on historical mining features.

    Basic Requirement: Education - 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.
    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)
    OR 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 OR Experience:  Four years of archeological work experience that demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional archeology.

    You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

    In addition to meeting the education requirements and selective factor above, you must also meet the following Specialized Experience Requirements:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) in the federal service.  Examples: assisting in the surveying , compiling and interpretation of archeological & historical data of a specific geographical area; making professional recommendations on archeological & historical resources affected by surface disturbances.
    Substitution of Education:  2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
    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.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    -SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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 the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
    - May require completion of a 1 year trial period.
    - This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered.  Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.
    - Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
    - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. 
    - Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

     

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

     

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

     

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

     

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

     

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at pkjones@blm.gov or (503) 808-6477.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms: 
    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    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, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.