Archeological Technician

National Park Service | Bushkill, PA

Posted Date 1/14/2020
These positions are located in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in the Resource Management and Science Division.

Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for this park is April to September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April 2020Participates in basic 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.) Conducts limited supervised excavation and testing of sites, including the careful recovery of sample materials. Duties include completing standard feature and level forms, screening soils to recover artifacts and performing flotation of soil samples. Processes specimens recovered in the field. Prepares specimens to be sent to dating laboratories. Identifies, labels, and packages artifacts for curation. Maintains field equipment and supplies. Maintains related databases, forms, maps, and files. Performs data entry related to archeological artifact and project data (e.g., 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.

Area Information: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is located in northeast Pennsylvania and northwest New Jersey, along 40 miles of the Middle Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, encompassing approximately 70,000 acres in the two states. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania is near the south end of the park and provides for adequate housing options and all major services. Housing availability exists throughout the 5-county area where the park is located. Summer season is often very warm and humid. Work location is based out of Bushkill, Pennsylvania in the Cultural Resources Branch of the Resource Management & Science Division. Also visit
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-01/27/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

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.

To qualify for this position at the GS-5 grade level, you must possess 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-4 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as , duties associated with performing uncomplicated technical archeological tasks under direct technical supervision of an archeological specialist; applies technical methods and procedures to perform routine archeological testing and monitoring tasks; knowledge of prehistoric and historic cultures of the Northeastern US; ability to utilize standard laboratory methods to prepare artifacts for testing, curation, and storage; ability and skill in using basic tools and equipment common to archeological functions; ability to conduct testing of sites through shovel excavations and screen materials for artifacts; ability to communicate information clearly and effectively; ability to conduct basic historical research; ability to utilize a computer to write brief technical reports summarizing findings of field work: . You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least 4 years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, or related fields. You must include transcripts.
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.

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.

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