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Forest Service Archeologist in Harrisburg, Illinois


This position is located on the Shawnee National Forest in Harrisburg, IL. The incumbent serves as the Forest Archeologist, Heritage Program Manager and Tribal Relations Liaison for the Forest. For additional information, please contact Laura Lecher at or 618-253-1015.


Administer heritage/cultural resources program including providing historical and interpretive information, conducting evaluative research safeguarding archeological sites and artifacts, activities.

Identify archeological and historical sites eligible for inclusion on national registers, assess eligibility and complete nomination of selected sites.

Coordinate, consult and work closely with state preservation offices, in carrying out preservation mandates, interpretive initiatives, register nominations, and overall program development.

Formulate short and long-range plans and requirements for the management of archeological and historical resources.

Identify cultural resources requirements to be met in preparing environmental and planning documents.

Identify issues and concerns and develop resolution strategies and provide comprehensive recommendations to management.

Implement Forest-wide heritage program budget and recommend future funding.

Act as liaison between the unit and Native American groups regarding unit policy, tribal concerns and requests for archeological information.

Partner with and/or negotiate with SHPO staff and personnel from the Department of Natural Resources which oversees state historic preservation programming.

Interpret scientific research and data into highly diverse formats appropriate for a wide range of audiences.


Conditions of Employment


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. Basic Requirement:

For the GS-193 series:

A. Education 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. 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 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 College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. OR

C. Experience 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 meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-12: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: Planned, directed, coordinated and executed surveys for the location and verification of archeological and historical sites and provided guidance to the line management in marking, protection, and salvage of these sites; Evaluated archeological and historical sites and identified which are appropriate for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places; Directed the preparation of maps, inventories, reports, and records relative to the discovery, protection, inventory, salvage, and interpretation of heritage and cultural resource areas; Consulted with recognized Indian Tribes under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA). 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. TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Refer to Qualifications Section.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status such as leave without pay is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met. This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Government Housing is not available. Daycare facilities are not available. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.