Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Open Period:
02/05/2014 - 02/26/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0193 09/11
USD $47,923 - USD $75,376
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position. 1 vacancy available.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Miles City, MT, US
Dickinson, ND, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
About the Agency
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Archeologist in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, North Dakota Field Office, Division of Mineral Resources.  The position will be located in either Dickinson, North Dakota or Miles City, Montana.  Information about each area can be found at the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce and Miles City Chamber of Commerce websites.

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2014-0037.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements. 

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel required for field work and to attend meetings and/or training.  


At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to the following:

- Developing, maintaining, evaluating, and planning cultural resources information for the Field Office.

- Establishing and maintaining continuing relationships with individual public and users, contractors, permit holders, tribal representatives, city, county and state officials, and other federal agencies and educators. 

- Coordinating and/or supervising the implementation of cultural resource projects protection plans.

- Reviewing applications for cultural resource use permits and fieldwork authorizations, recommending approval or denial and/or changes in work proposed or personnel to be utilized. 

- Consulting with the Native American Tribes to develop mitigation measures for projects affecting Traditional Cultural Properties. 

- Recommending goals, objectives, and plans to direct the long-range protection and management of important cultural resources.

- Serving as the Contracting Officer's Authorized Representative (COAR) for cultural resource contracts that involve survey, analysis, ethnographic studies, excavation, etc.

- Driving a four wheel drive vehicle over rough terrain to reach various sites. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  Work is usually performed in an office setting, however, field work is required to gather samples and complete inventory activities and other projects.  The individual may be exposed to discomfort from extremes in weather temperatures and/or hostile wildlife, chemicals and physical hazards.  Work in the field may require hiking or riding ATVs or horses over rough terrain.  Work may require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, or lifting moderately heavy items. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Passage of a Pre-employment physical is required.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply"  &  "Required Documents" Sections.
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:

    -Professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, and methods of history, ethnohistory, archaeology and cultural resource management. 

    -Ability to design and implement archaeological surveys; conduct inventories; excavate sites; and record site information and artifact data. 

    -Ability to resolve complex problems, devise strategies, and modify standard processes and procedures.

    -Knowledge of requirements of Federal and State Laws relating to cultural resources, including the requirements of the National Trails System Act, National Historic Preservation Act, The Archaeological Resource Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Federal Land Management, and numerous other Federal and State laws and regulations.

    -Ability to negotiate and communicate with tribal governments, other state and federal officials, special interest groups, land owners, the public, and Bureau employees and groups in order to plan and implement special projects and lead field crews, and to convey information and elicit cooperation with BLM policies and practices.

    On-line Questionnaire Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Condition of Employment:  You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment or within 30 days of entrance on duty and at all times during your appointment in this position.
    Basic Requirements:
    A.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; and 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. - OR – A.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 and Experience that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. - OR – C. 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. 
    In Addition to the Basic Requirements: 
    For GS-09:  One year of professional specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. - OR - Two years of DIRECTLY RELATED progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
    For GS-11: One year of professional specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. - OR - Three years of DIRECTLY RELATED progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
    Specialized Experience:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.  
    For GS-9:  Examples of qualifying specialized experience includes assisting in the surveying, compiling and interpretation of archeological & historical data of a specific geographical area; and making professional recommendations on archeological & historical resources affected by surface disturbances.
    For GS-11:  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include writing or reviewing cultural resource sections of resource management plans; developing mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects to historic properties; and supervising activities to protect & improve the conditions of cultural resources.

    Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
    Other Information:
    - Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.

    - To view FAQs regarding Relocation Expenses/PCS click Here.

    - Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    - This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

    - BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives, Service Credit for Non-Federal Work Experience Toward Annual Leave Accrual Rates, and Student Loan Repayments.

    - Direct Deposit is required.

    - SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
    You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:

    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:

    - Personal contact information
    - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
    - Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
    - References - personal and professional
    - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.)

    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.

    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.

    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.
    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:

    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below. THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 

    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here.

    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF).  Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  More information about these programs is available at the following web address: http://www.doi.gov/hrm/guidance/fctap97.pdf

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:
    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.  Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.  Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Checking Application Status and Materials:
    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.