Archeologist (Deputy Preservation Officer)

Job Description

  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Remote
  • Temporary
  • Billings
  • $86,962 - $134,435 per year

Bureau of Land Management

Summary

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our most precious resource.
This position is located at the Montana State office, Billings, Montana but duty location may be in any of the Montana Dakotas BLM offices. Please note, this is not a remote worker position, but may be eligible for telework with supervisor approval

We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, additional positions may be filled from this announcement if they become available.

Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    05/24/2024 to 06/06/2024
  • Salary

    $86,962 – $134,435 per year
  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 – 13
  • Location

    1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Remote job

    No
  • Telework eligible

    Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    Yes-You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
  • Appointment type

    Permanent
  • Work schedule

    Full-time
  • Service

    Competitive
  • Promotion potential

    13
  • Job family (Series)
  • Supervisory status

    No
  • Security clearance
  • Drug test

    No
  • Position sensitivity and risk
  • Trust determination process
  • Announcement number

    MTDE-24-12423838-KW
  • Control number

    792938100


This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

Duties
  • At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Serving as the Deputy Preservation Officer and program lead for the Cultural Heritage Program.
  • Providing expertise in the analysis, review, development, and implementation of BLM-wide policies, procedures, and objectives of the Cultural Heritage Program.
  • Serving on the Federal Preservation Board and address cultural heritage issues of national significance and affect on numerous federal agencies, national organizations, and Native American Tribes.
  • Providing technical data, professional advice, or recommendations on historic preservation.
  • Ensuring compliance with various laws and regulations including but not limited to National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Antiquities, act, Archaeological Resources Protection Act.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment
  • 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 Lands.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Appointment will be subject to a favorably adjudicated background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must adequately reflect in your resume.
  • May require a one year probationary period.


Qualifications

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

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions.

Your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience.

This position has a positive education requirement. See Education section for additional information. You must submit copies 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 .

In addition to meeting the positive education requirement, you must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level for the position being filled, that is similar in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples:

To qualify for the GS-12: In addition to meeting the positive education and/or experience requirement as listed in the education section below, you must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples: Ensuring agency compliance with federal law, regulation, and policy. Reviewing and/or approving program technical documents. Participating as a team member on interdisciplinary teams where National Environmental Policy Act processes are followed and/or reviewing environmental planning documents for compliance with historic preservation statues. Advising personnel on cultural resources protection requirements and assisting in the development of plans to avoid and/or mitigate effects of proposed actions.

To qualify for the GS-13: In addition to meeting the positive education and/or experience requirement as listed in the education section below, you must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity as indicated by the following examples: Implementing a cultural resource program, ensuring agency compliance with federal law, regulation and policy. Reviewing and/or approving program technical documents. Participating as a team member on interdisciplinary teams where National Environmental Policy Act processes are followed and/or reviewing environmental planning documents for compliance with historic preservation statues. Drafting contracts, grants, and other agreements such as Memorandum of Agreements or Memorandum of Understanding between parties to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals, assignments, or projects. Advising personnel on cultural resources protection requirements and assisting in the development of plans to avoid and/or mitigate effects of proposed actions.

There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade levels.

Specialized Experience: Experience that 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 level of the position to be filled.

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.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.

Physical Demands: No special physical demands are required. Some work requires periods of travel and field work. Occasional field work requires physical ability to traverse rough country for several miles, and stamina to accommodate desert and forest climatic conditions.

Work Environment: The position is primarily performed in an office setting

Education

Basic Education Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have:

A.1) Degree that included three (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; 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) 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.

If using education to qualify, you must submit copies of all transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. See Required Documents section for more information.

OR

A.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 in A.1 (including archeological field school).
OR

B) Combination of Education and Experience: College-level educations or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.

OR

C) Experience: 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.

If using education to meet this requirement, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official however, if selected for this position, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using to meet the education requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for .

Telework: The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Driver’s License: Will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicles in the performance of duties, therefore, must possess (or obtain within 30 days of entrance on duty) and maintain a valid state driver’s license while employed in this position.

Incentives: Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees. If eligible and qualified, you may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: or or .

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for

Relocation: Tax Law Impact for PCS: Moving expenses reimbursement is a taxable benefit. However, the 18-05 issued by General Services Administration has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance and Relocation Income Tax Allowance to pay for “substantially all” of the increased tax liability resulting from the “2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” for certain eligible individuals.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under number MTMP-24-12423839-JBC, for status candidates and special hiring authority eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

  • 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. .

    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.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online questionnaire will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. Qualified applicants will be placed in one of three predefined categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Candidates placed in the Best Qualified category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be contacted for an interview.

Your answers to the online questionnaire will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Compliance
  • History and Archaeology
  • Teamwork
  • Technical Competence


In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of the following additional assessment: Subject Matter Expert Resume Panel Review. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed above that are required to successfully perform the job.

  • 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. .

    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.
  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

    Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). Failure to provide required information will result in loss of eligibility. You are welcome to submit an optional cover letter.

    Transcripts: You MUST submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts or a list of ALL college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. Upon selection, official transcripts must be received prior to appointment. If you are using to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    Veterans: If you are claiming veterans’ preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, ‘Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,’ (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable) OR written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are 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 submitted.

    If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the documents specified above, you must submit documentation that supports your claim as shown on the back of the .

    If you are claiming Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    Additional information on veterans’ preference can be found in the .

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: Submit 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.

    Please note that documents selected for transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer your document(s) in the ‘Documents’ step during the application process.

    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.