Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs | Riverside, CA

Posted Date 3/15/2023
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This position is with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety with a duty station location in Sacramento, CA OR Riverside, CA.

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  • Serve as a technical expert in the Bureau's cultural resources management program, which includes the Federal historic preservation program, archeological resources protection, heritage assets, Indian sacred sites program and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program.
  • Provide authoritative guidance on the laws, and regulations, standards, guidelines, directives, and policies relating to Natural Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), NEPA, Archeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA) and the Native American Graves Protection and Registration Act (NAGPRA).
  • Provide technical advice to management for use in making important program and policy decisions.
  • Drafts reports and briefings on the cultural resources management program activities and issues of concern.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates documents prepared and assure they are in compliance with the protection of cultural resources and NEPA.
  • Represents the Bureau on task groups and interagency task groups relating to cultural resources matters, NHPA, ARPA, NEPA, or related administrative matters.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for Archeology Series, GS-0193).


A. 1. Degree: which includes three (3) semester hours of 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, including but 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 geology; history, historiography, or historical archeology; environmental studies; scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or surveying AND archeological field school.


2. Related curriculum - Degree in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or related discipline may be accepted as satisfying in full the educational requirements, provided the curriculum supplies the academic course work sufficiently similar to that required in A.1 (including archeological field school).

B. Combination of education and experience - college-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A. above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education.


C. Experience - four years of archeological work experience which demonstrated that the applicant has acquired 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 include a combination of professional experience in archeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis and preparation of written materials.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have at least one year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-11 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). This experience must include planning and carrying out the Bureau's cultural resources management and NEPA programs; archeology field experience with a combination of archeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, and preparation of written materials; fulfill and execute the Federal government's legal responsibilities related to cultural resources used by the tribes for sustenance, cultural enrichment and economic development and support; serve as the Awarding Officer Technical Representative on Tribal P.L. 93-638 contracts for Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management, and Safety (DECRMS); and by promoting the conservation, development and wise use of these resources for the maximum benefit of Indian people.

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.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.

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