U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Archaeologist in Sacramento, California

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:This position is located with the: US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, SACRAMENTO DISTRICT, PLANNING DIVISION/ ENVIRONMENTAL BRANCH, SACRAMENTO CA.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Duties
  • Engaged in the full range of archeological field, reporting, consultation, and compliance activities.
  • Conduct cultural resources investigations including records and literature searches, archival studies and fieldwork consisting of archeological surveys, test excavations, and data recovery excavations at proposed or actual construction, permit sites, or operating project sites to determine, evaluate, and record the presence or archeological sites.
  • Manage cultural resource contracts including the preparation and time and cost estimates, development of Scopes of Work to obtain the appropriate historical architectural, archeological and cultural studies for archeological site survey, testing, and treatment contracts.
  • Carry out cultural resource inventories, record and evaluate sites, and prepare reports to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
  • Review and evaluate cultural resource inventory reports prepared by permit applicants, non-Federal sponsors, and contract archeologists to determine their adequacy in reporting compliance with Section 106.
  • Provide technical input to other project team members concerning cultural resource compliance efforts and coordinate studies and projects with the numerous regional Native American tribes.
  • Provide technical expertise in cultural resources for all planning efforts including environmental assessments (EAs), environmental impact statements (EISs) and would be a team member of an EA or EIS providing overall guidance and written documentation of the cultural resources and Native American Concerns.
Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

11

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Business Travel is approximately 25% of the time.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation costs may be paid if the selecting official determines the relocation is in the best interests of the government.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

US Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Archeaologist:

A. Education - Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) that included 3 semester hours each in the following course areas: (1) history of archeology; (2) archeology of a major geographical area such as North America or Africa; (3) 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; (4) theory and methods of archeology. Methods include, but are not limited to, typology, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating, and analytical techniques; (5) 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: (1) geography, geology, or cultural geography; (2) history, historiography, or historical archeology; (3) environmental studies; (4) scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or (5) surveying; AND archeological field school.

OR

B. Education - Related Curriculum: Bachelor's degree (or higher 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 in A above (including archeological field school).

OR

C. 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

D. 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.

GS-09 Specialized Experience:One year of specialized experience which includes assisting in cultural resources investigations field work and conducting historical studies of cultural resources.

OR

Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: archaeology or anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or related discipline.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.

GS-11 Specialized Experience:One year of specialized experience which includes working with the Corps Civil Works, Military, and IIS processes; experience with archeology including specialization in North American historical or prehistoric archeology to include experience with related disciplines (e.g. history, anthropology, geography, etc) to provide accurate site assessments. Experience must include archeological site record and report preparation and ability to conduct general artifact analysis (such as specialization in historic or prehistoric ceramics, lithics, or faunal materials). Experience and leadership working with archeological consultation and compliance issues as related to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act is required.

OR

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: archaeology or anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or related discipline.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Must possess a graduate degree (e.g., master;s degree or higher) in the subject matter discussed under the basic education requirement.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • History and Archaeology
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Technical Competence

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

Other Requirements: Click herefor expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid state issued driver's license.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

BENEFITS

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Other Information
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
  • Incentives may be paid if the selecting official determines it is in the best interests of the government.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Further consideration from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of the announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476754200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-24

Salary: $53,692 to $84,446 / Range GS-09: $53,692 to $69,803 Per Annum / Range GS-11: $64,961 to $84,446 Per Annum

Pay scale & grade: GS 9 - 11

Series: 0193 Archeology

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: WTKC171724417401D

Control number: 476754200