Archeological Technician

The incumbent will work as a member of the Aztec Ruins National Monument , Cultural Resource Division. Under the direction of an archeologist, the incumbent will perform the following major duties:
– Participates in archeological field surveys by walking over the landscape and searching for archeological features and artifacts. Records data and prepares survey records (e.g., site maps, photographs, surface artifact analysis forms, field notes, etc.).
– Provides leadership to field crews by assigning tasks and monitoring the status of those assignments. Serves as Crew Chief for excavation and survey activities. Participates in artifact recovery and provenance determination.
– Evaluates and assists other technicians in the evaluation of specimens (e.g., lithic ground stone, shell, bone, non-artifact material, etc.). Processes specimens recovered in the field. Prepares specimens for specialized analysis to be sent to dating and other laboratories. Identifies, labels, and packages artifacts for curation.
– Maintains related databases, forms, maps, and files. Enters archeological artifact and project data including artifact information, catalog records, field notes, site records, etc. into automated systems, appropriate forms, and archival records. Retrieves and compiles data as required for resource management reports, interpretive exhibits, etc.
-Assists in the development of a variety of documents (e.g., cultural resource management plans, preservation guides, historic structures reports, etc.) by gathering data from files and reports, conducting research, evaluating available information, and preparing draft documents.
– Performs basic research by conducting interviews and publication and record searches, and synthesizing information collected for scientific, historical, and interpretive values.
– Provides general technical archeological assistance in a variety of areas related to or impacted by the archeological function, including Section 106 compliance, clearance, and planning; archeological assessments, evaluations, and field inspections; etc.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Aron Adams at 505-334-6174 ext. 237.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending required. Heavy items (e.g. packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed both in an office setting and in the field. Survey and excavation work is typically performed in isolated areas; the incumbent must therefore be familiar with outdoor safety and survival skills and must be able to operate a vehicle on rough roads. Sustained periods of camping under primitive conditions are routine.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in the San Juan Basin along the Animas River in northwest New Mexico, in Aztec, New Mexico. Aztec has a population about 8,500. Weather is generally temperate, although extreme temperatures do occur at times. Housing is plentiful with prices for buying or renting being reasonable for the area. No Government quarters are available. Retail service, professional and medical services, churches, hospitals, and educational facilities are available, including a multitude of recreational facilities. The cities of Durango, CO and Farmington, NM are nearby providing various other services. Year-round recreational opportunities abound within a short commuting distance.
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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: participation in prehistoric architectural documentation, cultural resource survey and excavation projects, conducting field inventories, and performing site mapping and photography, with an emphasis in prehistoric Southwestern archeology.

EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: One full year (18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education. To be qualifying, graduate study must have been in archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field.
COMBINATION EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combination of education and experience. (Education must include courses directly related to the work of the position, such as anthropology or archaeology). For example, 6 months of the specialized experience described (50% of the experience requirement), 14 semester hours of graduate education in archeology, anthropology, or other closely related field (50% of the education requirement).

SELECTIVE FACTORS: The applicant must have possessed (previously or current), all of the following selective factors to be considered eligible for this position.

1. Knowledge of Southwestern archeology acquired through formal training, education, and previous experience with prehistoric Southwestern archeological sites, ruins, and artifacts.

2. Experience with skill in writing technical and standard archeological reports.

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 or other equivalent documentation. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.

1. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
2. Applicants must possess a valid state drivers license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid state drivers license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, 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 discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above state issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid drivers license.