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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position. See the vacancy announcement for additional information on the basic qualification requirements.
  1. I have a degree that included 3 semester hrs in each of the following: history of archeology; archeology of a major geographical area; regional archeology or archeological cultures; theory and methods of archeology; and Archeological field school. I ALSO have 6 semester hours of related course work in geography, geology, cultural geography, history, historiography, historical archeology, environmental studies, scientific writing, OR surveying AND I have completed Archeology field school.
  2. I have a degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or a related discipline which satisfies in full the educational requirements with a curriculum of academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements described above (including Archeological field school).
  3. I have a college level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to the requirements described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
  4. I have four years of archeological work experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional archeology. The work experience included archeology field experience (which may include that gained in an Archeological field school). My field experience included a combination of professional experience in archeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, and preparation of written materials.
  5. I do not meet any of the qualification requirement statements as described above.


* 2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study that is directly related to the duties of this position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position. See the vacancy announcement for additional information on the basic qualification requirements.
  1. I have a degree that included 3 semester hrs in each of the following: history of archeology; archeology of a major geographical area; regional archeology or archeological cultures; theory and methods of archeology; and Archeological field school. I ALSO have 6 semester hours of related course work in geography, geology, cultural geography, history, historiography, historical archeology, environmental studies, scientific writing, OR surveying AND I have completed Archeology field school.
  2. I have a degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or a related discipline which satisfies in full the educational requirements with a curriculum of academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements described above (including Archeological field school).
  3. I have a college level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to the requirements described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.
  4. I have four years of archeological work experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional archeology. The work experience included archeology field experience (which may include that gained in an Archeological field school). My field experience included a combination of professional experience in archeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, and preparation of written materials.
  5. I do not meet any of the qualification requirement statements as described above.


* 2.GS-12 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirements as described above.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your direct professional experience performing or managing cultural resources activities involving lands within or on shorelines of storage/fluctuating reservoirs.
  1. I have not performed work on reservoir lands.
  2. I have performed small (100 acre or less) surveys or limited test excavations on reservoir lands under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  3. I have performed, or defined plans for others to perform, small surveys or limited testing on reservoir lands as a regular part of a job, independently, and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  4. I have performed, or defined plans for others to perform, large or complex cultural resource investigations on reservoir lands. It was a regular part of a job, performed independently, and usually with review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee limited to obtaining final approval.
  5. I have been responsible for defining legal compliance plans and implementing associated actions to address commitments for Federal actions affecting reservoir lands. It was a regular part of a job, performed independently, and usually with review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee limited to obtaining final approval.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the responses that demonstrate the level of field experience you have obtained during your career.
  1. Have performed pedestrian archeological inventory and limited testing/probing under a supervisor
  2. Have performed unsupervised pedestrian archeological inventory and limited testing/probing work
  3. Have supervised a crew performing archeological pedestrian survey and limited testing/probing and contributed to the associated report
  4. Have been the principal investigator or field director for survey and limited testing/probing and authored or co-authored the report
  5. I have no archeological inventory or limited testing/probing field experience


* 2.Select the regions in which you have archeological experience.
  1. Great Basin
  2. Greater Southwest
  3. Western Arizona
  4. Southern CA Deserts
  5. Southern CA Coast
  6. Mohave Desert
  7. Lower Colorado River
  8. Pacific Northwest
  9. Columbia Plateau
  10. Intermountain West; Western Montana
  11. Washington State
  12. Interior British Columbia
  13. Coastal Northwest
  14. Oregon State
  15. Eastern Oregon
  16. Southwest Oregon
  17. Northern Idaho
  18. Utah State
  19. Navajo Nation
  20. Colorado Plateau
  21. Intermountain West
  22. Colorado State
  23. New Mexico State
  24. Arizona State
  25. None of the above


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience with coordinating and overseeing the work of cultural resource contractors or overseeing cultural resource investigations under a contract.
  1. I have coordinated and overseen the work of cultural resource contractors as part of my work experience, serving as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for large or complex projects. "Large" is a survey greater than 640 acres in size or test excavations at more than five sites. "Complex" is archeological data recovery or any investigation in an area with Indian sacred site concerns.
  2. I have coordinated and overseen the work of cultural resource contractors as part of my work experience, serving as COR, for smaller or relatively simple projects.
  3. As a contractor or as part of professional duties, I have been responsible for overseeing the work of cultural resource crews or research staff and have been the lead in coordination with the contracting entity for large or complex projects.
  4. As a contractor or as part of professional duties, I have been responsible for overseeing the work of cultural resource crews or staff and have been the lead in coordinating with the contracting entity for small or relatively simple projects.
  5. I have assisted as crew chief equivalent, with investigations, supervising a crew consistent with instruction from the Principal.
  6. I have no prior experience in coordinating or overseeing work, either by a contractor or as a professional working under a contract, or as part of a research effort.


* 4.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your highest level of experience in museum property management.
  1. I have experience in the management of Reclamation museum property.
  2. I have experience in the management of Federal museum property.
  3. I have experience in the management of museum property.
  4. I have experience in developing policies, directives, and guidance required to manage museum property.
  5. I have provided training the management of museum property.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the responses that best describe your experience with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
  1. I have experience working on NAGPRA discoveries at Reclamation.
  2. I have experience working on NAGPRA discoveries for a Federal agency.
  3. I have experience consulting with tribes on NAGPRA issues.
  4. I have experience developing NAGPRA policies, directives, and guidance.
  5. I have provided training in NAGPRA administration and enforcement.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Select the responses that demonstrate the level of field experience you have obtained during your career.
  1. Have performed intensive testing as crewperson under a supervisor
  2. Have performed unsupervised intensive testing and provided written documentation of results
  3. Have served as crew chief on intensive testing and contributed to the report
  4. Have been the principal investigator or field director for intensive testing, defined or aided in defining the testing strategy, and authored or co-authored the report.
  5. I have no intensive testing field experience


* 7.Select the documents which you have prepared as a part of your work.
  1. Request for Proposals
  2. Statement of Work
  3. Cost Estimates
  4. Research Design
  5. Grant or Contract Proposals
  6. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in managing databases designed for historic or museum property management.
  1. I have experience entering data into and producing reports from databases dedicated to museum property management.
  2. I have experience entering data into a database associated with historic property data management.
  3. I have experience entering data into a database.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.Select the responses that best describe how your written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters have documented your research, analysis, or evaluation findings, and how those documents have been used.
  1. I have co-authored reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation in the technical field that documented findings which were used by others for information or instruction.
  2. I have been the sole author of reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in the technical area, which served to inform or guide others in my organization or those using the materials.
  3. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in the technical area, which were used by upper management to plan for broad organizational resources (e.g., budget, staff, facilities, contracts).
  4. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in the technical area, which were used by higher authorities as a basis for policy in the technical area.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Select the responses that best describe your ability to orally communicate cultural resource and consultative technical information.
  1. I have experience meeting and dealing with a wide variety of groups such as federal and state agencies, tribes, private organizations, special interest groups and the general public.
  2. I have participated in meetings to discuss strategies, requirements, project needs, schedules, budgets, and other criteria required to accomplish project requirements or tasks, and/or for developing understanding and consensus.
  3. I have experience meeting and dealing with customers and/or other organizations and was individually responsible for presenting information through formal presentations, technical briefings and public forums.
  4. I have facilitated technical discussions or controversial issues to reach consensus.
  5. I have experience meeting with internal and/or external customers to discuss program needs and issues as a member of a presentation group or formal work team.
  6. I have experience meeting with tribal representatives to discuss program needs and issues as a member of a presentation group or formal work team.
  7. I have experience in oral communication primarily through involvement in community and/or public service organizations, committee memberships, and/or other organizational membership or involvement.
  8. None of the above.


* 11.Select the environmental and historic preservation statutes you have experience in using to conduct cultural resource assessments and/or environmental analyses.
  1. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  2. National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA): 36 CFR 800; 36 CFR 60
  3. Antiquities Act
  4. Historic Sites Act
  5. Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act
  6. American Indian Religious Freedom Act
  7. Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA); 43 CFR 7
  8. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  9. Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) 43 CFR 10
  10. Idaho graves protection statutes
  11. Montana graves protection statutes
  12. Oregon graves protection statutes
  13. Washington State graves protection statutes.
  14. Idaho archeological site protection statutes
  15. Montana archeological site protection statutes
  16. Oregon archeological site protection statutes
  17. Washington State archeological site protection statutes
  18. Colorado graves protection statutes
  19. New Mexico graves protection statutes
  20. Arizona graves protection statues
  21. Navajo Nation graves protection statutes
  22. Colorado archeological site protection statutes
  23. New Mexico archeological site protection statutes
  24. Arizona archeological site protection statutes
  25. Navajo Nation archeological site protection statutes
  26. None of the above


* 12.Select the response that best describes your experience determining eligibility of properties for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently, and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have provided guidance or advice to others in performance of this type of work.


* 13.Select the documents which you have prepared as a part of your work experience.
  1. Data recovery report
  2. Effects Assessment documentation as per 36 CFR 800.11
  3. National Register Nomination
  4. NAGPRA Inadvertent Discovery/Intentional Recovery Plan
  5. Treatment Plan
  6. Cultural Resources Management Plan
  7. Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
  8. Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement
  9. Grant Proposal
  10. None of the above


* 14.Select the responses that demonstrate the level of field experience you have obtained during your career.
  1. Have performed archeological data recovery or large scale excavations as a crew member under a supervisor
  2. Have performed historical or ethnographic research under the direction of a supervisor
  3. Have supervised small scale excavations
  4. Have supervised large scale or data recovery excavations
  5. I have no field experience with excavations.


* 15.Select the documents which you have prepared as a part of your work experience.
  1. Cultural resources sections of Environmental Assessments/ Environmental Impact Statements/ Environmental Impact Reports
  2. Cultural Resources Overview Report, Historic Context, or Research Designs
  3. Cultural resource inventory reports for projects less than 640 acres
  4. Cultural resource inventory reports for projects equal to or greater than 640 acres
  5. Historic Structure Report
  6. Test report or data recovery report (all or contributed to)
  7. Historic American Building Survey or Engineering Record documentation
  8. Traditional cultural properties reports
  9. None of the above


You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

* 16.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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