Topic ID #42811 - posted 10/27/2020 6:10 PM

Death Valley National Park - GS-07 Archaeology Technician Seasonal Position


Due to expected volume, please note that we will only be able to respond to individuals who we are contacting for an interview.  

Complete applications are due by Friday, November 6th at 11:59 ET.  See below for how to apply.

The Death Valley National Park Cultural Resource Program is looking to hire a GS-7 Archaeology Technician for a seasonal, temporary position.  This is a temporary excepted service position not-to-exceed 1 year, but may be extended up to 2 years depending on performance, funding, and workload. 

Temporary Recruitment Bulletin

Hiring Agency

Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Who May Apply

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S. with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered.

Position Title

Archaeology Technician



Open Period

10/23/2020 –


Duty Locations

Death Valley, CA


$20.72 per hour

Work Schedule

Full-Time, Temporary

For More Information:

Name:  Alissa Leavitt-Reynolds

Email address:

Phone#: 760-786-3273

Duration of Appointment:  This is a temporary excepted service position not-to-exceed 1 year but may be extended up to 2 years.

Travel Required: No

Relocation: No, relocation expenses will not be paid. 

Additional Bureau and Park Information:

Learn more about what it's like to work at National Park Service, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers:

The park(s) for this job opportunity announcement are listed by location. For more information on the park(s) for this announcement, select the following link:

Shared park housing may be available otherwise the nearest communities are Beatty, NV and Pahrump, NV. 


 Major Duties:

Archaeology Technician Standard Duties:

  • Identify and document prehistoric and historic archeological resources, document changes and threats to archeological resource conditions, and catalogs
  • Participate in archeological field surveys by walking over the landscape and searching for archeological features and artifacts
  • Provide general technical archeological assistance in a variety of areas related to or impacted by the archeological function, including Section 106 and 110 compliance, clearance, and planning; archeological assessments, evaluations, and field inspections, etc..
  • Keep detailed records and prepare survey records (e.g., site maps, GPS, photographs, artifact analysis forms, field notes)
  • Assist with preparation of correspondence and documentation for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, including preparation of detailed site maps using ArcGIS software.

Key Requirements:

·         U.S. Citizenship required

·         Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

·         Males must meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement.

·         You will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

·         You may be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

·         You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and/or shift work.

"In employing individuals to perform any construction, maintenance, interpretation, or other service in the park, the Secretary (Selecting Official) shall, in so far as practical, give first preference to qualified members of the Tribe": (Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act, Nov 2000). To receive current preference eligibility, members of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe must submit a copy (not the original) of the letter certifying their tribal membership.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.


Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official in preference eligible order.  


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement (unless otherwise stated in this bulletin).

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro- rate the amount qualified specialized experience.

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: conducting archeological investigations as an experienced crew member or crew chief; preparing reports on archeological site investigations; conducting surveys using GPS mapping techniques and preparing GIS maps and overlays; and conducting historical archeological field investigations and report preparation. You must include hours per week worked.

EDUCATION: Successful completion of graduate education or an internship that is directly related to the work of an Archeological Technician, or 1 full year of graduate education consisting of courses that are directly related to the work of an Archeological Technician. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take 9 semester hours of related graduate education. Then take the number of months of full time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.

Volunteer Experience: 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.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook is available for review at:

Additional Bulletin Information:

·         PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. The work is performed both in an office setting and in the field. Survey and excavation work is typically performed in isolated areas; you must therefore be familiar with outdoor safety and survival skills and must be able to operate a vehicle on rough roads. Sustained periods of camping under primitive conditions are possible.  Survey days will require up to 10 miles of hiking with equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

The National Park Service has determined that portions of the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework for portions of the work with supervisor approval.


·         WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is often performed either in an office or outdoors in all types of weather, which results in exposure to extremes of temperature, rain, snow, wind, and direct sunlight. Park areas may be geographically located in areas of low or high elevation, rugged terrain and desert environments. High levels of heat may exist for periods of the year. Duties may be performed alone in isolated locations.

·         This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.


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.

  • Federal Employees Health Benefits
  • Federal Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

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:

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on November 6, 2020.

  1. Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, dates specified in month and year format, and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
  2. Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
    • Veterans Preference Documentation:
      • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
      • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
      • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
  3. Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.
  4. College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
  5. Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Membership: You must provide a copy of your current letter certifying your tribal membership to receive credit.

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.


How to Apply:

To receive consideration, you must meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section via email to The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on November 6, 2020.

·         Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

·         The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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