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These positions are located at a Forest Service office within the Intermountain Region, Region 4.

Please see "Education" section.

Responsible for planning, developing, implementing, administering, directing, and managing heritage and cultural resource program activities.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Richa Wilson at richa.wilson@usda.gov.

Applications will expire in 90 days. To remain in consideration, you must resubmit your application.

  • Duties at the GS-12 performance level.

  • Primary advisor to the Forest leadership for matters relating to Heritage, overseeing a diverse professional staff across the forest, and providing leadership, guidance, and expertise in historic preservation and cultural resource management .

  • Plans, directs, implements and administers a diverse and highly complex Forest's Heritage Program, including the formulation of short and long term plans, policies and program guidelines in order to achieve goals and objectives.

  • Develops and implements an annual program of work including procedures and objectives based on established goals and priorities set by the leadership team.

  • Provides advice and assistance in the resolution of complex or controversial issues related to cultural resource management independently, or as a member of interdisciplinary group.

  • Oversees Section 110 identification, evaluation, and management of historic properties and a large Section 106 and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance workload.

  • Duties at the GS-11 performance level.

  • Plans, directs, coordinates and executes surveys for the location and verification of archeological and historical sites and provides guidance to the line management in marking, protection, and salvage of these sites.

  • Provide heritage and cultural resource management orientation to Forest Service personnel on statutes, regulations and purpose of work to be performed.

  • Consult with recognized Indian Tribes under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to discuss concerns, ensure compliance, and assess impact.

  • Administer archeological examination of road, reservoir, recreation, and other ground disturbing projects where archeological materials may be subject to destruction or damage for protection and mitigation of cultural sites.

  • Duties at the GS-09 performance level.

  • Assists in ensuring integration with heritage and cultural resource activities and establishment of priorities.

  • Organizes, supervises, or directly performs inventory of areas. Work includes preparation of maps, inventories, reports, and records related to the discovery, protection, inventory, salvage, and interpretation of heritage and cultural resource areas.

  • Determines eligibility of historical properties for the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Prepares determinations of effect for such projects identified during project inventories. Recommends mitigation procedures.

  • Assists in developing and carrying out projects related to stewardship enhancement and public interpretation of heritage and cultural resources, such as partnership agreements and site steward programs.

  • All grades perform supervisory duties 20% or less of the time.

  • Requirements
    Conditions of Employment
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the -Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.

    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary

    Basic Requirement:

    1. 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.


        • 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;


        • 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).


    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.


    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, exca vation, 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.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

    Specialized Experience Requirement: GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include one or more of the following: Assisted in conducting background studies and document reviews pertaining to archeological project de