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

About

Announcement Number:
NV-DEU-2018-0100
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Archaeologist
Open Period:
07/13/2018 - 07/27/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 0193 11
Salary:
(USD) $61,812 - (USD) $80,358
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Las Vegas, NV, US
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6422
nvjobs@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 1 year.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Las Vegas Nevada District Office. 

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.

This position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about the area can be found at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the district.

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. Incumbent will adhere to all saftey rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.

There is an application limit to the first 60 applications received. Once that limit has occurred the vacancy announcement will close on that day at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. If the 60 application limit is not reached, then the vacancy announcement will close on it's scheduled day.
 
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Field work can involve hiking or riding vehicles or horses over rough terrain. May be exposed to discomfort from extremes in weather temperatures or be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemicals and physical hazards.

Duties

The archaeologist performs research, field investigations, and 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. This work requires a professional knowledge of archaeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques.

Develops and maintains a cultural resource information base for the field. Conducts inventories, which may include compiling and analyzing existing data from institutional files and databases, professional literature, archival and other historical documents, original interviews, and other indirect sources.

Participates as a team member in preparing multiple-use resource management plans and environmental impact documents, identifying special cultural resource considerations, potential multiple-use conflicts, and potential impacts to cultural resources. Reviews applications for cultural resource use permits and fieldwork authorizations, recommending approval or denial and/or changes in work proposed or personnel to be utilized. Helps prepare the cultural resources portions of the current budget and program work plans.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
This position falls under the Group Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions Archeology Series 0193 and has an Individual Occupational Requirement. 

Copy of all 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. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.
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 is required.
  • 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, your 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 (for WG) job elements required to do the work of this position.

    KSA 1: Knowledge of archeological principles, concepts, practices, regulations, and policies related to multiple-use resource management and planning.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of the impacts of various land management practices on cultural resources.

    KSA 3: Knowledge of administrative programming planning, and budgeting techniques and procedures to project and assess developing trends relating to cultural resources management and develop current and long-range plans for complex projects.

    KSA 4: Ability to direct members of the public in monitoring, patrolling, site repairing, signing, fencing, and other administrative or physical protective measures.
    Qualifications:
    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience and basic 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.  

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: A degree which included three (3.0) 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; --AND-- 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 (6.0) 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; --OR-- A related 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-- A combination of education and experience - college level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education; --OR-- Four (4) 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.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:

    For GS-11: In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENT, one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes planning & carrying out archeological research projects which center on a major historical theme & time period. Examples: Author or review cultural resource sections of resource management plans; develop mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects to historic properties; supervise activities to protect & improve the conditions of cultural resources; --OR-- Meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT and completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; --OR-- Meet the basic requirement AND have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

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

    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.

    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:
    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.

    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.

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

    May require completion of a one year probationary period.
     
    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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

    You must posess and maintain a valid driver's license.

    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 one year with possible extension up to a total of four years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

    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 (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@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:
    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) 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 questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms.

    All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education
    All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

    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.

    Upoading 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.