National Park Service Student Trainee (Cultural Anthropologist/Archeologist) in El Portal, California
Summary This position is located in Yosemite National Park, in the Resource Management and Science Division. Interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment, please click here for more information. Responsibilities The incumbent of this position is in the Internship Program, a component of Pathways, for current students accepted for enrollment in qualifying educational programs. This position is established to provide meaningful work and experience and expose the student to the role and duties of Compliance Specialist and Tribal Liaison. The CR Program reviews all park project proposals, sometimes more than 200 per year, for compliance with CR and Tribal Consultation law and policy. The incumbent will gain practical experience in application and understanding of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Tribal Consultation Executive Order 13175. Receives advanced instruction designed to familiarize incumbent with functions and operations of cultural (some natural) resources compliance and tribal consultation at Yosemite National Park and to provide experience in the practical application of tribal consultation law (Executive Order 13175 and others), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) as part of YOSE Compliance Team. As assigned, researches daily and unexpected issues that arise through independent study, developmental tasks, literature review, and field work to foster expansion of knowledge about the interplay between cultural and natural resources, tribal perspectives, and landscape level phenomena. Topics may include administrative project history research, coordination with other park divisions and other parks, and ethnographic research for a variety of purposes including tribal information requests, ethnographies, compliance background information, park management plans, cultural landscape reports, and archeological studies. Assists with coordinating research, drafting-reviewing documents, and document organization-filing. These assignments will inform higher-graded professionals in the implementation of compliance and program project goals. Yosemite National Park, California, known worldwide for its spectacular natural beauty is the backdrop for this position. Sitting astride the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the park covers 1,182 square miles of varied wilderness ecosystems, from river valleys to alpine meadows to lofty 13,000 foot high peaks. Yosemite Valley is located 208 miles from San Francisco, 81 miles from Merced, and 94 miles from Fresno. Shopping, medical, postal and laundry services are available in the park. Elevation at the Valley floor is approximately 4,000 feet and 2,200 feet in El Portal. The park is open year-round with the majority of activities occurring during the busy season March through October. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Pathways participant agreement is required. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. This position has a mixed work schedule based on the varying workload, and your work schedule is subject to change from part-time to full-time as workload dictates. The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period. Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program. Qualifications All qualifications must be met by 11:59 EST. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. Selective Placement Factor: Pathways Eligibility Requirements - see Education section for additional information. This is an Interdisciplinary position. You must meet the BASIC educational requirement for at least ONE series AND meet the ADDITIONAL qualifications requirement option in order to qualify for this position. Basic Requirements for Archeologist: Education: Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher that included 3 semester hours of each of the following course areas: History of Archeology; Archeology of a major geographical area such as North America or Africa; Regional archeology, archaeological 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 Archaeological 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); or surveying; OR Related Curriculum: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in anthropology (with emphasis on ethnology, physical anthropology, or scientific linguistics), history, American studies, or related discipline, provided the curriculum supplied academic course work sufficiently similar to the requirements stated above (including archaeological field school). OR Combination of Education and Experience: I have a combination of education and experience that provides knowledge equivalent to that described in A above, plus appropriate additional education or technical experience to total 4 years. This combination demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of an archaeologist comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study. OR Experience: Four years of archaeological work experience that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional archeology. The work experience includes archeology field experience, which may include that gained in an archaeological field school. Field experience includes a combination of professional experience in archaeological survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, and preparation of written materials. Applicants with such field experience should, after additional experience under the direction of a higher-level archaeologist, 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 archaeological project. Basic Requirements for Anthropology: Education: 4-year degree or higher in cultural anthropology. OR Combination of Education and Experience: Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in cultural anthropology, or related course work, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR Experience: Possess at least four years of appropriate experience in anthropology performing research, museum work, or similar professional-level work. -AND- To qualify for this position at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: assisting in conducting background studies and document reviews pertaining to archeological project development; participating in archeological survey and site evaluation work and preparation of technical reports; developed and coordinated networks and contacts beneficial to the successful performance of archeological work assignments, such as interacting technically with colleagues and supervisors, and demonstrating the ability to work cooperatively with other persons; using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to record archaeological sites and projects. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two years of graduate level education or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree. To be qualifying, graduate study must have been in archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field. The total education offered to meet this provision must have provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position. To receive credit, you should describe how their specific course work, research projects, dissertation, theses, etc. demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of this position. 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study is considered to be equal to one full year of graduate education. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts. This is an Excepted Service appointment with a part-time work schedule based on student's schedule and the needs of the agency. This appointment will continue as long as the incumbent meets the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship program and funding is available. Volunteer Experience: 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. Education Pathways Requirements: These positions are being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore federal careers while still in school. To be eligible for a Pathways Program internship, you must meet the following requirements:- You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing.·- Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school. These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational, or business schools, and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs.- Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum. You will NOT be considered under Pathways unless you provide supporting information from your school. Documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. to prove enrollment OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain all relevant information as listed above. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead. To review eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program, please click here: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/students/. To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Additional Information A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment. Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary in an office environment but may also include field survey work and logistical support for tribal activities within the park requiring travel to various remote locations in and around the park. This work includes some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, reaching and lifting of moderately heavy items. Working Conditions: Work is performed mostly indoors and occasionally outdoors with moderate risks. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.