Archeologist

Full Time • Posted Aug. 14

  • Organization: Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Website: https://www.wapa.gov
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Company Description

Join WAPA’s team and “keep the lights on” for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America’s energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

Job Description

Summary

The incumbent implements the cultural resource portion of the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPAs) environmental planning program for a Regional Environment Department. Assists in the Regions’ compliance with various cultural resource related laws and regulations. Manages cultural resource compliance for multiple on-going WAPA construction and maintenance activities and coordinates with local, state, and other Federal agencies in support of these activities.

Responsibilities

As an Archaeologist at the FPL, you will:

  • Conducts cultural resource background research, surveys, and monitoring, to identify cultural resources potentially impacted by the construction and maintenance activities and documents the results.
  • Works closely with internal (e.g. the respective Regions’ construction, maintenance, and Environment Department personnel) and external stakeholders (e.g. State Historic Preservation Officers; Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; tribes; Federal, state, and private landowners; and other consulting parties) to ensure the success of WAPA’s cultural resource management program.
  • Identifies the need for and coordinates contract support to accomplish cultural resource compliance, and prepares statements of work (SOWs) and independent government estimates (IGEs) for cultural resource services to be conducted by contractors for the Government.
  • Prepares portions of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents related to cultural resources.

 

Salary

$64,351 to $100,273 per year

Travel Not required

Promotion Potential 12

Qualifications

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

Qualifications

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

GS-11 - Assists with cultural resources background research and surveys to identify cultural resources potentially impacted by an organizations activities.  Examples include:  Working with higher level Archaeologists in preparing documentation of an organizations impact on cultural resources, participating as a team member to develop strategies, gathers research to assist in preparing statements of work (SOWs) and independent government estimates (IGEs). 

GS-12 - Conducts cultural resource background research, surveys, and monitoring, to identify cultural resources potentially impacted by the construction and maintenance activities and documents the results.  Examples include: Serves on and works with planning teams in developing and coordinating cultural resource compliance strategies for construction and maintenance activities. Identifies the need for and coordinates contract support to accomplish cultural resource compliance, and prepares statements of work (SOWs) and independent government estimates (IGEs) for cultural resource services to be conducted by contractors for the Government.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Ability to develop, plan, and implement original, independent fieldwork at multiple archaeological field projects, including preparation of technical reports.
  2. Knowledge of historic preservation and environmental planning regulations in addition to a working knowledge of their legal, policy, and administrative relationships to be able to fulfill the legal requirements and intent of such regulations for the agency
  3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and provide archaeological services and presentations to professional and nonprofessional agencies and persons...
  4. Ability to prepare portions of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents related to cultural resources. 

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meetallqualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

 

For this position, there is a positive education requirement.

If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

1. Education    

  • Degree that included 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.
  • 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:
  • geography, geology, or cultural geography;
  • history, historiography, or historical archeology;
  • environmental studies;
  • scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or
  • surveying;

          and

  • Archeological field school.
  • 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

2. 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

3. 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.

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