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Bitterroot Range, Montana
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Grade: 09
* 1.I qualify for the GS-9 level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND I have 1 year of professional archeology experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal service. Assignments are more difficult and complex than those at GS-5. Work requires application of expanded professional knowledge. Examples: assist in the surveying , compiling and interpretation of archeological & historical data of a specific geographical area; make professional recommendations on archeological & historical resources affected by surface disturbances.
  2. I have completed two or more years of graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 2.Which statement best describes the types, extent and recency of archeological field work and reports that you have done in the Great Basin area?
  1. I have recent and extensive experience in planning and conducting archeological field work in the Great Basin area (e.g. over 25) leading the archeological surveys and writing the survey reports.
  2. I have recent but not extensive experience in planning and conducting archeological field work (e.g. fewer than 10) in the Great Basin area, leading the archeological surveys, and writing the survey reports.
  3. I have recent and extensive experience in planning and conducting archeological field work (e.g. over 25) in the western United States, but outside of the Great Basin area, leading the archeological surveys, and writing the survey reports.
  4. I have recent experience on archeological field surveys in the western United States, including preparing some feedback portions of the survey reports.
  5. I have worked as a team member on some recent archeological field surveys.
  6. I have not had recent field experience on archeological studies.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training providing complex, controversial, or precedence setting information to upper management about cultural, paleontological, or historic program management issues?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 4.Describe your level of experience with automated cultural resource data bases used to display and analyze data within a geographic information system context.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this work.
  2. I have had education or training in how to perform this work, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this work on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this work as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task; or I have supervised performance of this work, or am normally an individual who is consulted by others to assist them in doing this work because of my experience.


* 5.Please indicate your level of experience in working with other multi-resource staffs to facilitate multi-resource programs.
  1. I occasionally work with other resource personnel in resolving issues.
  2. I regularly work with intra-agency resource personnel in resolving issues and contributing to the NEPA planning process.
  3. I regularly work with intra-agency and inter-agency multi-resource staffs in resolving issues and contributing to the NEPA planning process and Resource Management Plans.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.Please indicate your level of experience with use of Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in recording, evaluating and the report writing process cultural resources.
  1. I have no experience with GPS or GIS.
  2. I have a working understanding of GPS and GIS.
  3. I have with guidance used GPS and worked with a GIS database to create maps for use in the performance of my duties.
  4. I regularly use GPS in the field and incorporate that data into a GIS database and independently create data shapefiles in GIS to use in the report writing process.
  5. I regularly use GPS and have created and maintain a GIS database and have incorporated this with other databases and layers, for use not only in the report writing process but in multi-resource planning efforts as well.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using the National Environmental Policy Act to manage a cultural, paleontological, or historic programs in a field office or similar setting?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 8.Select one statement that best describes your level of experience in conducting or facilitating Native American consultation regarding various proposed actions.
  1. I have consulted with three or more Tribes on actions that included oil and gas development, rights of ways, management planning and renewable energy development.
  2. I have consulted with at least one Tribe on actions that included planning and development activities.
  3. I have helped facilitate Native American consultation activities with three or more Tribes on actions that included oil and gas development, rights of ways, management planning and renewable energy development.
  4. I have helped facilitate Native American consultation activities with at least one Tribe on actions that included planning and development activities.
  5. I do not have any experience consulting with, or facilitating the consultation of Native American Tribes.


Grade: 11
* 1.I qualify for the GS-11 level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND I have 1 year of professional archeology experience equivalent to GS-9 in the federal service. Work includes planning & carrying out archeological research projects which center on a major historical theme & time period. Examples: Author or review cultural resource sections of resource management plans; develop mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects to historic properties; supervise activities to protect & improve the conditions of cultural resources.
  2. I have completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the responses above.


* 2.Which statement best describes the types, extent and recency of archeological field work and reports that you have done in the Great Basin area?
  1. I have recent and extensive experience in planning and conducting archeological field work in the Great Basin area (e.g. over 25) leading the archeological surveys and writing the survey reports.
  2. I have recent but not extensive experience in planning and conducting archeological field work (e.g. fewer than 10) in the Great Basin area, leading the archeological surveys, and writing the survey reports.
  3. I have recent and extensive experience in planning and conducting archeological field work (e.g. over 25) in the western United States, but outside of the Great Basin area, leading the archeological surveys, and writing the survey reports.
  4. I have recent experience on archeological field surveys in the western United States, including preparing some feedback portions of the survey reports.
  5. I have worked as a team member on some recent archeological field surveys.
  6. I have not had recent field experience on archeological studies.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training providing complex, controversial, or precedence setting information to upper management about cultural, paleontological, or historic program management issues?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 4.Describe your level of experience with automated cultural resource data bases used to display and analyze data within a geographic information system context.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this work.
  2. I have had education or training in how to perform this work, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this work on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this work as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task; or I have supervised performance of this work, or am normally an individual who is consulted by others to assist them in doing this work because of my experience.


* 5.Please indicate your level of experience in working with other multi-resource staffs to facilitate multi-resource programs.
  1. I occasionally work with other resource personnel in resolving issues.
  2. I regularly work with intra-agency resource personnel in resolving issues and contributing to the NEPA planning process.
  3. I regularly work with intra-agency and inter-agency multi-resource staffs in resolving issues and contributing to the NEPA planning process and Resource Management Plans.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.Please indicate your level of experience with use of Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in recording, evaluating and the report writing process cultural resources.
  1. I have no experience with GPS or GIS.
  2. I have a working understanding of GPS and GIS.
  3. I have with guidance used GPS and worked with a GIS database to create maps for use in the performance of my duties.
  4. I regularly use GPS in the field and incorporate that data into a GIS database and independently create data shapefiles in GIS to use in the report writing process.
  5. I regularly use GPS and have created and maintain a GIS database and have incorporated this with other databases and layers, for use not only in the report writing process but in multi-resource planning efforts as well.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using the National Environmental Policy Act to manage a cultural, paleontological, or historic programs in a field office or similar setting?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 8.Select one statement that best describes your level of experience in conducting or facilitating Native American consultation regarding various proposed actions.
  1. I have consulted with three or more Tribes on actions that included oil and gas development, rights of ways, management planning and renewable energy development.
  2. I have consulted with at least one Tribe on actions that included planning and development activities.
  3. I have helped facilitate Native American consultation activities with three or more Tribes on actions that included oil and gas development, rights of ways, management planning and renewable energy development.
  4. I have helped facilitate Native American consultation activities with at least one Tribe on actions that included planning and development activities.
  5. I do not have any experience consulting with, or facilitating the consultation of Native American Tribes.


* 9.Select all the statements that best describe your writing experience.
  1. I prepare analytical reports and briefing papers for use by Directors/Managers of an organization.
  2. I have independently researched, synthesized and interpreted published and unpublished documents that contain technical information, professional opinions, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, and/or tables and used the findings to author topical reports, directives, or guidelines for both technical specialists and the lay public.
  3. I have contributed as primary author to one or more major sections or chapters of peer reviewed technical books, reports, plans, or published articles.
  4. I have instructed others on how to compose a written argument to justify requests for funding, strategic action, and a decision to be made.
  5. I have composed memorandums, reports, letters, and the like according to standardized requirements which were accepted without major modifications.
  6. I have regularly written substantive standard operating procedures for program users.
  7. I have regularly written internal documentation for the record in support of proposals, decisions or actions taken.
  8. I have not regularly written much in the way of formal correspondence, operating procedures, and documentation.
  9. I have composed memorandums, reports, letters, etc., for a supervisor which required extensive subject content revisions.


* 10.Select the statement that best describes the skills that you routinely apply in a team setting.
  1. I have not typically had, or job conditions did not allow, frequent or regular interactions with other employees and/or supervisors within a team setting.
  2. I have occasionally interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting.
  3. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting.
  4. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting. In situations such as shifts in priorities and work assignments resulting from unexpected events, I have evaluated priorities and objectives and provided the team with advice and guidance.
  5. I have frequently interacted with and relayed information to co-workers and supervisors within a team setting. In situations such as shifts in priorities and work assignments resulting from unexpected events, I have evaluated priorities and objectives, provided the team with advice and guidance, and made changes affecting the program. I have also resolved conflicts within the team by tactfully handling difficult or uncomfortable situations.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Identify the professional work related to archeology that you have performed on the job:
  1. Apply the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to determine compliance of proposed land-use and development actions.
  2. Perform varying levels of cultural resource investigations and inventories to develop and maintain a cultural resource information base.
  3. Apply up-to-date and professional research designs, methods, and techniques in planning field studies to continually update and expand the cultural resource information base.
  4. Serve as field inspector or Contracting Officer`s Representative (COR) on cultural resources contracts to oversee field work performed by others such as employees, contractors, and permitees.
  5. Apply knowledge of prehistoric and historic trail resources in making determinations on the significance of adjacent cultural resources.
  6. Recommend specific commitments and actions needed for long-term cultural resource protection, including priorities, costs, and schedules.
  7. Make professional recommendations concerning archeological and historical cultural resources that may be affected by surface disturbing activities such as oil and gas drilling, grazing, and recreation.
  8. Oversee the implementation of cultural resource project plans, such as barriers, fences and erosion control devices for protection of cultural resources.
  9. Conduct patrols to monitor cultural site condition and observe evidence of illegal activities that require law enforcement action.
  10. Consult with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) concerning appropriate steps for avoidance or mitigation of adverse effects to cultural resources.
  11. Prepare budget submissions for a cultural resource program.
  12. Advises public land-use applicants and their consultants regarding compliance and performance standards for cultural sites.
  13. Review applications for cultural use permits on public lands and recommend approval or denial and changes in work proposed or personnel to be utilized.
  14. None of the above.


* 2.Please check each of the following that describes your experience in developing mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects to historic properties.
  1. I have developed detailed site recording and in-field artifact analyses.
  2. I have experience using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.
  3. I have performed archival and historic research.
  4. I have developed and implemented a research design for data recovery.
  5. I have overseen Historic American Building Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) recordation.
  6. I have carried out ethnographic research and/or oral history.
  7. I have evaluated affected historic properties and developed treatment plans to mitigate adverse effects.
  8. None of the above.


* 3.Identify the following tasks you have performed in communicating and interacting with others.
  1. Serve as a technical liaison between various government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments, contractors and external customers.
  2. Communicate planning and NEPA and NHPA activities and procedures to customers such as special interest groups, other officials, Indian tribes, and the general public.
  3. Present briefings at workshops and public meetings.
  4. Use leadership and negotiation techniques when working with a variety of officials and groups of people with diverse backgrounds and differing views on resource management policies and approaches to multiple-use planning on public lands.
  5. Provide technical reports to audiences with different levels of understanding.
  6. Maintain close contact with other professional groups to advance the interests of public land use planning and cultural resource activities.
  7. Serve as a spokesperson at meetings on public land use planning, cultural resources, environmental, or inventory coordination, concepts or problems.
  8. Provide NHPA and NEPA oversight to interdisciplinary teams in implementation of public land use plans.
  9. None of the above.