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

About

Announcement Number:
NM-PTHWYS-2017-0005
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Student Trainee (Archeology)
Open Period:
06/09/2017 - 06/22/2017 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0199 07
Salary:
USD $40,684 - USD $52,893
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is Full time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Carlsbad, NM, US
1
in
Farmington, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Allan Read
505-954-2087
maread@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution and preference eligible veterans who meet the criteria within or outside of the local commuting area.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Internships (Student)
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Career/Indefinite Internship position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - approximately 245 million acres of surface resources - 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
Explore a career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

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

There is a position located in Carlsbad and Farmington, New Mexico. Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at Carlsbad, NM.  Information about Farmington and the Farmington area can be found at Farmington, NM.

This position is for students accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocation school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school, on a full- or half-time basis (as defined by the academic institution in which the student is enrolled).

This is a career development, excepted service appointment under the BLM Pathways Internship Program that is expected to last more than 1 year. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which the selectee must provide an anticipated date for completing all degree program requirements, and show continual progression toward meeting the stated anticipated date.

The agency may noncompetitively convert a Career/Indefinite Intern who is a U. S. citizen to a TERM or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Intern meets all agency program requirements and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for the target occupational series at time of completing all education requirements.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Less than 5 days a month.

Duties

Performs research, field investigations, and reviews the work of others for integration of results into agency or departmental environmental assessments, impact statements, operational programs, historic preservation compliance reports, and varied types of planning documents, laboratory and other data analysis, library research, interpretation or consultative work, preparation of reports for publication, curatorship and exhibition of collections, or development and implementation of programs and projects which carry out such work. Work that requires a professional knowledge of archaeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques. Identifies need for and priority of program activity and project plans. Coordinates preparation of these action plans. 

Insures data and cultural resources reports are entered, managed and utilized in the GIS system.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to the public, Tribal, State, other Federal and Bureau employees and be able to provide information and advice for incorporationinreports,planning and environmental documents.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You will need to clearly state in the resume your undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts, or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • U. S. citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • Cannot hold an active real estate license.
  • Cannot have interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to the job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.

    Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible veterans having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veteran’s preference (TP); and those (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position.

    1.  Knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, and methods of history, ethno-history, archaeology and cultural resource management.

    2.  Ability to analyze complex natural resource management issues and make sound decisions.

    3.  Knowledge of the Operation of GIS and peripherals.

    4.  Skilled in written and oral communication principles, techniques, and methods.
    Qualifications:
    To be eligible, an applicant must:

    Be at least 16 years of age or older for a non-arduous or non-hazardous duty position.

    Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled at least half-time in a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking program in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

    Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher.

    In order to assess you meet a qualified status for this position and to refer you to the hiring manager, the agency must be able to determine that you meet the qualifications based on completed education, specialized experience, and/or both - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-05) of the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-05) of the position to be filled.

    Specialized Experience Requirements: For the GS-07 grade level, you may qualify based on EDUCATION:  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; OR - Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) - S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) or (3) Honor Society Membership - http://www.achsnatl.org/. (3) combination of education and experience.

    You must meet all eligibility and 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 OPM website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.

     
    Other Information:
    If the position is filled at the lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level per the target full performance is permissible without further competition. The promotion is not guaranteed but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency’s continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties. 

    The entire period served as a Career/Indefinite Intern counts as the appointee’s trial period. Prior Federal civilian service is credited toward the completion of the required trial period in the same manner as prescribed in 5 CFR 315.802.

    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.

    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.

    The BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal Government, to attract high quality applicants.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    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 resume; (2) Your responses to the Assessment/Job-Related Questions; 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 have not 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, including required documentation, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying online, please contact the Human Resources Office at (505) 954-2087 or email MAREAD@blm.gov. If applying online 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:
    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the job-related questions), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Verification of Enrollment: Copy of all your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) will be required.

    Letter from your accredited U. S. educational institution that verifies/reflects: (1) the degree/diploma/certificate program in which you are enrolled; (2) you are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the educational institution), and (3) your anticipated graduation date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veteran’s Preference: If you are entitled to veteran’s preference, you should indicate the level of veteran’s preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran’s preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. You may request copies of your DD-214 by calling 1-800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.

    For 5-point veteran’s preference, you must 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 veteran’s preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference), a DD-214 showing character of service, and the required documentation.

    Certification In Lieu of DD-214: Active duty service members claiming veteran’s preference may submit a ‘certification’ when applying for Federal jobs (Chapter 21 of Title 5 U. S. C Section 2108a). The ‘certification’ is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. Prior to appointment, agencies must verify the service member is eligible for veteran’s preference in accordance with 5 U. S. C. 2108, unless the service member is appointed under the provisions of 5 U. S. C. 5534a, Dual employment and pay during terminal leave from uniformed services.

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit the 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 through 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.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified as to the status of your application as the eligibility and qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBS account.