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

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0161
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Archeologist
Open Period:
07/25/2016 - 08/05/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0193 09/11
Salary:
USD $48,968 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Eugene, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Phyllis Barney
503-375-5666
pbarney@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
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
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:
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 Eugene District visit our website

For information about the city of Eugene, Oregon, visit the City of Eugene website.

Physical Demands:  Field work routinely requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing or walking over rough, uneven, rocky surfaces or mountainous terrain; recurring bending, crouching, stooping or reaching; using hand tools such as shovels, trowels, or screening devices; and lifting of moderately heavy items such as equipment and samples.

Work Environment: The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts which may require special safety precautions, e.g., adverse weather conditions, hazardous driving conditions, irritating or occasionally hazardous chemicals; hostile wildlife; and travel in off-road vehicles. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.

 
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

The incumbent serves as a professional field Archaeologist to conduct Section 106 and Section 110 compliance. Major duties include, developing and implementing cultural resource inventories; preparing professional reports/maps of inventories and studies and reviewing reports/maps created by others; and ensuring all reports are adequate to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and for submission to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The incumbent may be required to train entry level Archaeologists. The incumbent performs research, conducts field investigations, and integrates results into agency or departmental documents. The Archaeologist also manages cultural resource geographic information systems (GIS) and tabular data, conducts library research, interpretation or consultative work; and prepares reports for publication, curatorship and exhibition of collections, or development and implementation of programs and projects which carry out such work. Fieldwork is required year-round in all weather conditions, and in rugged, uneven terrain on steep slopes and in dense brush.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Basic Requirement is a bachelor's 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 listed above (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. 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.


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
  • Background Investigation 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, Well 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) Ability to design and implement archaeological surveys; conduct inventories; excavate sites; and record site information and artifact data in the field.

    2) Knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to cultural resources.

    3) Ability to make presentations to individuals and groups, to write clearly and concisely in a manner appropriate to various audiences.
    Qualifications:
    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.   Examples for the GS-09 are:  Participate in conducting cultural resource inventories, assist with conducting site testing or excavation, draft reports and studies for review and approval by a supervisor or other specialist.  Review routine plans and projects.  Examples for the GS-11 level are:  Document and coordinate the management of artifacts, collections, and associated records.  Develop and maintain agreements with repositories.  Design and implement resource inventory strategies and sampling designs to obtain required data on cultural resources.  Write and prepare cultural resources input for environmental documents, planning documents, and coordination with other specialists in multiple use documents.

    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.

    In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for the GS-09 requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07 in the federal service OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    To qualify for the GS-11 requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09 in the federal service, OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    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.

    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:
    In July 2014, the Eugene and Salem Districts of the BLM initiated a two-year consolidation process that will – by October 2016 – result in a single District with one District Manager and one District Leadership Team.  The Districts have begun an implementation plan that will guide the consolidation process over the next couple of years.  Although the districts will remain separate entities during the transition, leadership will be looking for opportunities to engage employees, streamline work processes, and reduce overhead cost prior to becoming a new district.  Our offices in Salem, Eugene, and Tillamook will remain and moves to a different duty station are not anticipated.  Positions that have a district role may realize increased geographic responsibility as consolidation progresses.

    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 probationary period.

    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.

    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.

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement OR Merit-2016-0333 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    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.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    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 503-375-5666 or email pbarney@blm.gov.  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.

    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.

    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.

    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.