Bureau of Land Management Archeological Aid/Technician in Belle Fourche, South Dakota
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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the seasonal team to serve as an Archaeologist Aid/Technician for the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, South Dakota Field Office, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Information about the Belle Fourche area can be found at the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce website.
Housing is not provided for this position.
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The Archaeological Aids/Technicians assist Archaeologists with preserving the history of our natural resources. They assist other professional resource specialists with on-the-ground field studies to identify cultural, historical, and/or paleontology resources. Work may involve designing and conducting inventories; compiling and interpreting collected data; researching reference materials; writing reports on inventory activities; excavating sites and searching surface areas for historic and prehistoric remains and artifacts; and preparing documents for determination of eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places.
Note: This position requires the incumbent to often work alone for extended periods in remote areas, traveling on foot or on an ATV over rugged terrain while carrying/transporting equipment.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.
07 - These positions have no promotion potential; to be considered for a higher grade, you must apply for the higher grade.
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0102 Social Science Aid and Technician
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can
- You have interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
- Direct Deposit required
- Background Investigation is required
- Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
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 requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence in their resume/application package they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:
- A valid state driver's license.
In addition to the Selective Placement Factors:
For GS-7:You must have one year of specialized work experience equivalent to GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include researching reference materials such as site maps, existing archaeological inventory information, books and other written data for possible cultural sites within an area slated for development; and preparing or assisting with preparation of forms for determination of eligibility and/or nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places; ORSuccessful completion of one full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position; ORA combination of experience and education to meet total experience.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) 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, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
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.
See qualifications section above.
- RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation 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.
- HOUSING: There is no government housing available – securing housing will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
- 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.
- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA). The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).
- MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18; otherwise, you must be at least 16 at the time you report for work.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 required to do the work of this position:
- Knowledge of terminology and commonly used rules, procedures and operations pertaining to archeology.
- Knowledge of computer capabilities sufficient to produce reports with graphics; produce increasingly complex maps; develop spreadsheets; and enter, retrieve and manipulate data.
- Ability to read maps and use GPS to record site datums, site boundaries, and navigate to site locations.
- Ability to use common tools associated with archaeological fieldwork.
- Ability to safely operate 2 and 4 wheel drive vehicles and ATV's.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume/application material.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
- If qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected for this position you will be required to provide an official transcripts.
- If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 0-point Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference. Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that 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 your application is submitted. 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. Do not use both options. 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 thru Applicant Manager. 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 PM EST, on the closing date of this announcement.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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. Learn more about federal benefits.
Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:
- Annual and Sick Leave
- Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential
- Paid Federal Holidays
- Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.
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- 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 to this Vacancy" at the bottom of this Screen and login to USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, select the “Create a new account” link. You will be required 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 Forgot your username or password? link.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
If you need assistance in applying online, please contact the appropriate State Coordinator identified in the "What to Expect Next" section of this job announcement. 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.
Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility and qualifications requirements are met. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include or if you would like to verify your documentation has been received, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement. It is recommended that you contact our office prior to the closing date of the announcement.
Agency contact information
Bureau of Land Management BLM Montana State Office, MT-953 Branch of Human Resources Billings, Montana 59101 United States
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For assistance, contact the Branch of Human Resources Management at 406-896-5002.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518065100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 11/28/2018 to 12/27/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 07
Salary: $19.82 to $19.82 per hour
Appointment type: Temporary - This is a temporary appointment, not to exceed 1039 hours (6 months). 2019 summer season - generally from May-November.
Work schedule: Full-Time - Work Schedule is full-time