Archeological Technician, GS-0102-07

Company Name:
Department Of The Interior
CTAP/ICTAP Temporary NTE 1039 Hours Full Time Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click here
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (ICTAP AND CTAP): If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for this position. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration. You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: These positions are seasonal temporary positions, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1040 hours in a service year. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.
Aniticipated Entrance on Duty date is July 2014.
U.S. Citizenship Required Favorable adjudicated background investigation Valid State Drivers License CTAP/ICTAP eligibles only
Archeological technicians are needed at Buffalo National River to participate in archeological fieldwork.
Work will include:
Inventory and monitoring the condition of cultural resources.
Participate in archeological surveys, shovel tests, and archaeological excavations, and laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts recovered.
Prepare and keep detailed field notes and records, daily logs and journals, photographs and photo logs, archeological and architectural forms, feature and artifact drawings, etc.
Assist in the preparation of monthly progress reports and a final seasonal report.
Use GPS, GIS and other computer software in support of data collection and reporting activities.
Some of your time may be spent in the backcountry for periods of up to eight days. You will be required to live outdoors in a tent, hike in a backcountry setting without trails or modern amenities, and may transport in motorized and non-motorized watercraft or by horseback, as part of park activities.
Area Information:
Buffalo National River was established in 1972 as the country's first national river, the park protects 135 miles of river from near its origin in the Boston Mountains to the confluence with the White River in Northwest Arkansas. Nearly 100,000 acres in size, roughly one third of the park's land base is designated wilderness. Heavily wooded and extremely rugged terrain is found throughout the park along with numerous hidden caves and waterfalls. There are over 100 miles of maintained trails for hiking and horseback use. There are two developed campgrounds and eight primitive campgrounds throughout the entire park. Of the two developed campgrounds, one offers amenities such as water and electricity hook ups for visitors. There is one visitor center in each of the three districts, two of which are staffed and open to the public year round.
Harrison is located 20 miles south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line and has a population of approximately 14,000 people. Harrison offers K-12 schools, a community college, restaurants, shopping, groceries, a movie theatre, a performing arts theatre, a hospital, and specialized clinics. There are several rental properties, as well as homes to purchase within Newton and Boone Counties. /
Physical Demands:
Field work requires physical exertion for long periods of time. Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 - 8 days in duration. Incumbent may be required to carry a 45 lb. pack for up to 10 miles per day and to hike in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather. Archaeological survey and investigations requires recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting and carrying moderately heavy to heavy items.
Camping and hiking is often in country with there is the possibility of wildlife encounters including black bear, snakes, and feral pig. Poison ivy and ticks are prevalent in northern Arkansas and will be encountered.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,Monday, May 19, 2014. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public
For the GS-07 grade level: Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal Government Service.
QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Qualifications for this position are: One year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is directly related to the work of the position and is equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience may include participation in prehistoric architectural documentation, cultural resource survey and excavation projects, conducting field inventories, and performing site mapping and photography.
One full year of graduate education in a field of study directly related to the duties of this position. Note: At a minimum, 18 semester hours is considered satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following Tasks. Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational questionnaire was developed from these tasks.
Carry out archaeological investigations for the purposes of identifying and recording prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, including historic ruins, features and isolated artifacts
Research and document findings in a scientifically credible manner
Work in a team environment
Use modern technology
Work in an outdoor setting over long periods of time in sometimes adverse conditions
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE.
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information: click HERE.
1. You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.
2. Applicants must possess a valid state driver''s license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.
3. Males born before December 31, 1959 must complete Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration /
4. New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.
Bases of Rating: The rater will not make assumptions, guess, or use personal knowledge about your experience or education in the rating process. The rater will use the written information that you provide in your application to verify your responses to the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire. Therefore, you Method of rating will be Category based.
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points.
The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection. Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates.
should provide detailed evidence and descriptions of your experience, training, education, awards, hobbies, self-development achievements, pertinent unpaid or volunteer work, and any other aspect of your background as it relates to the position. It is important that you indicate the diversity, level of difficulty, and complexity of your experience.
NOTE: applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 19, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to Monday, May 19, 2014.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page . and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1122204.
2. Fax your documents to . If you cannot complete the Application Monday, May 19, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Note: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at . Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (IN) and VIN (1122204) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM
DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.
Resumes must include personal information, education, work experience. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". NOTE: Applications lacking required information will be considered ineligible.
The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement.
1. Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience. (Include dates of employment -month and year, and hours worked per week). Your experience must verify the answers given on the assessment questionnaire. YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).
2. Transcripts (To meet basic education requirements transcripts must be included or If using education to qualify you must submit college transcripts)
3. Qualifications (assessment questionnaire)
4. Veterans Preference/VEOA 1) Legible copies of DD-214s (copy 4 showing honorable or general discharge): 2) If claiming veteran''s preference: 3) SF-15: Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference with required proof as stated on the form if applying as a disabled veteran or other veterans eligible for 10-point preference.For more information on Veterans'' Preference Click HERE
5. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if applicable
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
Benefits: Click HERE
1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM''s Career Transition Resources website
2. Temporary appointments are not eligible for promotion.
3. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid.

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