Topic ID #37842 - posted 12/28/2016 1:50 AM

Historian (Preservation), GS-11 - Washington, DC

Jennifer Palmer

Historian (Preservation)
Agency Contact Information
1 vacancy in the following location:
 Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Friday 12/23/2016
(5 day(s) ago)
 Closes Friday 1/6/2017
(9 day(s) away)
Salary Range
$64,650.00 to $84,044.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade
Supervisory Status
Who May Apply
United States Citizens
Control Number
Job Announcement Number
Job Overview
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.
This position is also being advertised for candidates with Merit Promotion eligibility (Status Candidates). It can be found on Search for Vacancy Announcement number NPS-WASO-17-1881483(KB) or by title/series and location.
This position is located in the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), which focuses primarily on land use and cultural resource and site management planning which promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. ABPP goals are (1) to protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of our history, (2) to encourage and assist all Americans in planning for the preservation, management, and interpretation of these sites, and (3) to raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations. Through outreach efforts, partnership development, and grants programs the ABPP provides guidance, support, non-federal land acquisition grants and seed money for battlefield preservation, planning, interpretation, and education projects. The primary purpose of the position is to engage in a variety of historic preservation activities related to planning, compliance, interpreting, and protecting historic battle sites.
This position is being announced at the full performance level.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is normally sedentary, although some physical exertion is required when examining cultural resources in remote regions where rough terrain may be encountered.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is normally performed in an office environment, although on-site examination of cultural resources may expose the employee to extreme weather conditions.
APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION. Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select "Print" above "Job Summary."
The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Program Implementation and Coordination
As a member of the ABPP assistance team, contributes to historic preservation programs and initiatives that involve sensitive and complex issues that impact a variety of individuals, special interest groups, state and local governments, and other federal agencies. Conducts analyses and prepares reports in response to congressional and other requirements related to identification, evaluation, and protection of significant battlefields of wars on American soil. Recommends improvements to directives, procedures, and policies.
Provides information on ABPP activities and initiatives with national planning, survey, and historic preservation organizations, local partners, constituency groups, and State Historic Preservation Offices.Explains processes and makes presentations in public gatherings and professional meetings on databases, field survey techniques and methodology, research results, and technical preservation issues. Provides information and assistance, as appropriate, to the academic fields of historic preservation, history, archeology, landscape architecture, and planning and
Provides program information to national, State, and local battlefield protection organizations and friends groups, State and Federal Historic Preservation Offices, National Park Service cultural program staff, the preservation community and the public on issues relating to the preservation of this nation's historic battlefields. Monitors the actions of state and local governments and NPS regional offices and parks to assess conformance with Service and Department battlefield preservation policy.
Informs Federal, State, and local agencies of provisions of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and of NEPA cultural resource compliance requirements. Disseminates information through written and oral presentations.
Data Management
Applies and helps ABPP partners and constituents apply GIS/GPS and computer systems. Manages all electronic digital data utilized by the APBB. Contributes to formulation of battlefield survey methodologies for use as national standards Manages storage of all ABPP digital data. Identifies ways to make ABPP databases more accessible to Federal, State, and local governments, to the public, and the private sector and develops technical guidelines to improve accessibility.
Grant Administration
Arranges for, develops, co-manages, and directs grants or cooperative agreements with outside organizations to carry out national projects involving three grant programs: the yearly planning grant program (25 to 35 grants annually averaging $50 thousand each); the Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Program ($5 to 10 million annually); and Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Land Acquisition Grants.
Reviews grant projects and the work of consultants, professionals, and others inside and outside the NPS. Identifies project objectives and direction and integrates team efforts to achieve all of these. Applies and adapts National Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) regulations and policies to manage funds being passed to city, county, or state governments. Contributes to creation of land use procedures, policies, and regulations purchased under LWCF authority and carries out associated administrative processes. Provides information to the historic preservation community, state and local agencies, and contractors in regard to battlefield land acquisition and protection.
Manages projects and analyzes project directives, policies, operational procedures, resource requirements, and inter-program relationships. Recommends improvements and develops guidance explaining the processes to the national historic preservation community. Develops project work plans and schedules, scopes of work, cost estimates, and proposals, and grants to justify requests for funding and accomplish goals. Administers funds and prepares reports of accomplishments.
Provides technical assistance and subject matter expertise to grantees in area of expertise. This may include: historic preservation, military history, archeology, planning, and landscape architecture. If assistance is needed in fields other than areas of expertise, works with subject matter experts within these fields, networks, and disseminates information as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
Occasional Travel
Some travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
Job Requirements

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