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Research Archeologist

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Research Archeologist   

JOB TITLE:

Research Archeologist

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Silver Spring Madrid United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

As a Research Archeologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Manage, coordinate, and implement research programs within Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), including providing strategic direction and advice regarding techniques that use submersibles and remotely operated vehicles (ROV).
    Provide expert guidance and conduct applied research and analysis of maritime archaeological resources.
    Execute field research on maritime and cultural heritage-based research projects in ocean and great lakes environments.
    Serve as a principal investigator for archeological field studies, conduct significant assessments to determine if sites are eligible for National Register of Historic Places.
  • Serve as the Senior Archeologist and is the expert advisor, primary reviewer and compliance officer for all matters related to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
    Recommend, design, coordinate, and maintain systems for monitoring and tracking maritime and cultural resources for their preservation status and compliance with NHPA.
    Serve as a point of contact for review and compliance with NHPA mandates.
  • Manage, oversee, and implement technical programs in marine archaeology and maritime history to foster public understanding, support, and participation.
    Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships within the program and agency and between academia, other government agencies, industry and the general public regarding research, conservation, discovery, and protection of maritime heritage resources.
These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZP-4; the ZP-3 is developmental leading to such performance.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS).
This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure.
Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.


The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.
The ZP-3 requires a Low Risk Security Clearance.

The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.
The ZP-4 requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance.

The ZP-4 is the full performance level of the position.


NOTE:
  • A three year probationary period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Key Requirements:
  • Must be a U.
    S.
    Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a three-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualification and Other Information.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.
    sss.
    gov).
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
  • A background investigation will be required for this position.
    Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
    Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.
    Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.
S.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.
This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.
opm.
gov/policy.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified.
Transcripts must be submitted with your application package.
You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 0193 series:
A.
EDUCATION:
1.
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.
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 an experience:
College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.

OR
C.
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.

AND



SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
This experience need not have been in the federal government.


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.

To qualify at the ZP-3 or GS-11 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service.
Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Participating in research activities of maritime or cultural heritage resources;
  • Evaluating the preservation status of maritime or cultural resources; and
  • Communicating research or information of marine archaeology or maritime history to improve understanding.
ORSUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree.

OR
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience as described above.
Note: Only graduate-level education in excess of one year is qualifying for combination of education and experience.


To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service.
Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Planning or coordinating research activities of maritime or cultural heritage resources;
  • Providing advice and guidance to ensure preservation status and compliance with National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for maritime or cultural resources; and
  • Communicating and collaborating with various audiences to establish partnerships and advance research and understanding of maritime heritage resources.

Education

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements.
You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: OPM Foreign Education Evaluation

College Transcript: Submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.
e.
, bio 101, math 210, etc.
), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned.
You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.
S.
education standards with your resume.
You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.
If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.


Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.
An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Additional information

Well-qualified for CTAP and ICTAP eligibility includes those candidates who have been determined to exceed minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85, but otherwise may or may not be among the highly or best-qualified candidates.
Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.
opm.
gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.


CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 \"Notification of Personnel Action\", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 \"Notification of Personnel Action\" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
Non-Competitive Reinstatement to a Higher Grade/Band than Previously Held MUST submit the following documents:
1.
SF-50, \"Notification of Personnel Action: you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series, and highest grade level held on a permanent basis for your previous position.
(do not submit an Award SF-50) AND, the SF-50 that verifies your separation date; AND.

2.
Performance Appraisal - most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.

NOAA participates in e-Verify.
E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


The Department of the Commerce (DOC) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.


THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

  • 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.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

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


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories.
The categories are \"gold\", \"silver\" and \"bronze\".
However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.
Candidates placed in the \"gold\" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.


The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

History and Archaeology, Partnering, and Research

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.
103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.
If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.


To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here: https://apply.
usastaffing.
gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12292499

  • 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.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

    • A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
      Please see this guidance:
      What to include in your resume
    • You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume.
      If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, for each work experience at a minimum, your resume must include; job title(s) (including job series and grade, if federal); description of duties or work performed; education; starting and ending dates (month and year); and hours worked per week and/or full-time or part-time.
      If identifying as part-time you must state the number of hours per week.
      (NOTE: A full-time work schedule requires most employees to work 33-40 hours during the work week.
      A part-time schedule requires an employee to work less than full-time, but for a specific number of hours (usually 16-32 hours per administrative work week) on a prearranged scheduled tour of duty.
      )
    • SF-50, \"Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50).
      Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.
      Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
    • Veteran's documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.
      e.
      , statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter).
      http://www.
      opm.
      gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.
      asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
    • Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document 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 no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes.
      Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.
      If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc.
      , you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures.
      To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.
      archives.
      gov/veterans/military-service-records
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.
      )
    • Education.
      If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
      Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.
      S.
      colleges and universities.
      Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.
      A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website.
      You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.
      Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

    OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:

    • Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.
      103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

      • Performance Appraisal - Submit the most recent performance appraisal (dated within the last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor.
        Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
      • Awards - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
    • Applicants may submit these documents during the application process.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.
    m.
    Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.


    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.
    usajobs.
    gov.
    To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.


    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.
    usajobs.
    gov and click on \"Application Status.
    \" Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.


    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk.
    For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Applicant Inquiries

    Email

    noaa.
    applicantinquiries@noaa.
    gov

    Address

    NOAA Office of Human Capital Services (OHCS)
    1315 East West Hwy
    SSMC4
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    US

    Next steps

    Salary ranges will vary based on the location.
    Please visit: OPM Salary Charts for specific salary information related to a specific location.


    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Archeologist, ZP-0193-3/4 positions throughout NOAA.
    The position must be alike (e.
    g.
    : within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable.
    You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website and clicking on \"Track Your Online Application.
    \" The four points of notification are:

    • Application Received
    • Application being assess for qualfication;
    • Referred or Not Referred; and
    • Selected or Not Selected.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.
    If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.
    After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.
    The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.
    e.
    , degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.
    )

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

  • A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
    Please see this guidance:
    What to include in your resume
  • You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume.
    If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, for each work experience at a minimum, your resume must include; job title(s) (including job series and grade, if federal); description of duties or work performed; education; starting and ending dates (month and year); and hours worked per week and/or full-time or part-time.
    If identifying as part-time you must state the number of hours per week.
    (NOTE: A full-time work schedule requires most employees to work 33-40 hours during the work week.
    A part-time schedule requires an employee to work less than full-time, but for a specific number of hours (usually 16-32 hours per administrative work week) on a prearranged scheduled tour of duty.
    )
  • SF-50, \"Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50).
    Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.
    Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Veteran's documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.
    e.
    , statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter).
    http://www.
    opm.
    gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.
    asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
  • Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document 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 no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes.
    Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.
    If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc.
    , you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures.
    To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.
    archives.
    gov/veterans/military-service-records
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.
    )
  • Education.
    If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.
    S.
    colleges and universities.
    Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.
    A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website.
    You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.
    Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:

  • Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.
    103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

    • Performance Appraisal - Submit the most recent performance appraisal (dated within the last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor.
      Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
    • Awards - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
  • Applicants may submit these documents during the application process.

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a \"surplus\" or \"displaced\" employee.

  • The public

    U.
    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Open to the public

Position Details

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EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

181216 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1707371000-c6a8cb958d859ef325ddc035adeaee2d

LOCATION:

Madrid United States

CITY:

Silver Spring

Job Origin:

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Duties

As a Research Archeologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Manage, coordinate, and implement research programs within Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), including providing strategic direction and advice regarding techniques that use submersibles and remotely operated vehicles (ROV). Provide expert guidance and conduct applied research and analysis of maritime archaeological resources. Execute field research on maritime and cultural heritage-based research projects in ocean and great lakes environments. Serve as a principal investigator for archeological field studies, conduct significant assessments to determine if sites are eligible for National Register of Historic Places.
  • Serve as the Senior Archeologist and is the expert advisor, primary reviewer and compliance officer for all matters related to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Recommend, design, coordinate, and maintain systems for monitoring and tracking maritime and cultural resources for their preservation status and compliance with NHPA. Serve as a point of contact for review and compliance with NHPA mandates.
  • Manage, oversee, and implement technical programs in marine archaeology and maritime history to foster public understanding, support, and participation. Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships within the program and agency and between academia, other government agencies, industry and the general public regarding research, conservation, discovery, and protection of maritime heritage resources.
These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZP-4; the ZP-3 is developmental leading to such performance.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. The ZP-3 requires a Low Risk Security Clearance.
The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. The ZP-4 requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance.
The ZP-4 is the full performance level of the position.

NOTE:
  • A three year probationary period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Key Requirements:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a three-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualification and Other Information.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 0193 series:
A. EDUCATION:1. 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.
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 an experience: College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
OR
C. 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.

AND



SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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.
To qualify at the ZP-3 or GS-11 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Participating in research activities of maritime or cultural heritage resources;
  • Evaluating the preservation status of maritime or cultural resources; and
  • Communicating research or information of marine archaeology or maritime history to improve understanding.
ORSUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree.
OR
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience as described above. Note: Only graduate-level education in excess of one year is qualifying for combination of education and experience.


To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Planning or coordinating research activities of maritime or cultural heritage resources;
  • Providing advice and guidance to ensure preservation status and compliance with National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for maritime or cultural resources; and
  • Communicating and collaborating with various audiences to establish partnerships and advance research and understanding of maritime heritage resources.

Education

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: OPM Foreign Education Evaluation

College Transcript: Submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Additional information

Well-qualified for CTAP and ICTAP eligibility includes those candidates who have been determined to exceed minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85, but otherwise may or may not be among the highly or best-qualified candidates. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 \"Notification of Personnel Action\", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 \"Notification of Personnel Action\" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
Non-Competitive Reinstatement to a Higher Grade/Band than Previously Held MUST submit the following documents:
1. SF-50, \"Notification of Personnel Action: you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series, and highest grade level held on a permanent basis for your previous position. (do not submit an Award SF-50) AND, the SF-50 that verifies your separation date; AND.
2. Performance Appraisal - most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

The Department of the Commerce (DOC) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

  • Benefits

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    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.

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

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are \"gold\", \"silver\" and \"bronze\". However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the \"gold\" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

History and Archaeology, Partnering, and Research

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.

To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12292499

  • 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

    • A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume
    • You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, for each work experience at a minimum, your resume must include; job title(s) (including job series and grade, if federal); description of duties or work performed; education; starting and ending dates (month and year); and hours worked per week and/or full-time or part-time. If identifying as part-time you must state the number of hours per week. (NOTE: A full-time work schedule requires most employees to work 33-40 hours during the work week. A part-time schedule requires an employee to work less than full-time, but for a specific number of hours (usually 16-32 hours per administrative work week) on a prearranged scheduled tour of duty.)
    • SF-50, \"Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
    • Veteran's documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter). http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
    • Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document 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 no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
    • Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

    OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:

    • Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

      • Performance Appraisal - Submit the most recent performance appraisal (dated within the last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
      • Awards - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
    • Applicants may submit these documents during the application process.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on \"Application Status.\" Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk. For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Applicant Inquiries

    Email

    noaa.applicantinquiries@noaa.gov

    Address

    NOAA Office of Human Capital Services (OHCS)
    1315 East West Hwy
    SSMC4
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    US

    Next steps

    Salary ranges will vary based on the location. Please visit: OPM Salary Charts for specific salary information related to a specific location.

    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Research Archeologist, ZP-0193-3/4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website and clicking on \"Track Your Online Application.\" The four points of notification are:

    • Application Received
    • Application being assess for qualfication;
    • Referred or Not Referred; and
    • Selected or Not Selected.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.)

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

  • A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume
  • You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, for each work experience at a minimum, your resume must include; job title(s) (including job series and grade, if federal); description of duties or work performed; education; starting and ending dates (month and year); and hours worked per week and/or full-time or part-time. If identifying as part-time you must state the number of hours per week. (NOTE: A full-time work schedule requires most employees to work 33-40 hours during the work week. A part-time schedule requires an employee to work less than full-time, but for a specific number of hours (usually 16-32 hours per administrative work week) on a prearranged scheduled tour of duty.)
  • SF-50, \"Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Veteran's documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter). http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
  • Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document 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 no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
  • Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:

  • Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

    • Performance Appraisal - Submit the most recent performance appraisal (dated within the last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
    • Awards - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
  • Applicants may submit these documents during the application process.

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a \"surplus\" or \"displaced\" employee.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Veterans

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