Sacramento, CA: Student Archaeologist Position $36,861 to $72,602/year (GS 05-09)

Griffin, Seabrook J CIV USARMY CESPK (USA)

This is a great opportunity for one or more graduate students interested in starting a federal career. We have openings at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District office. We are a fast-paced, dynamic agency with a broad and varied mission. Please read through the announcement and follow the application instructions.

Student-Trainee (Archaeology)

Opening and Closing Dates: 12 August 2019 through 30 August 2019 (11:59pm PT)
Position Title: Student Trainee (Archaeology)
Series/Grade: GS-0199-05, 07, or 09
Full Performance Level: GS-11
Duty Location: Sacramento, CA
Salary Range: GS-05 to GS-09 $36,861 to $72,602
Work Schedule: Full-time or Part-Time. We will work to accommodate your school schedule.
Appointment Type: Temporary, not to exceed 4 years, with the potential conversion to a permanent position upon completion of the academic program.
Travel Requirement: up to 25% Temporary Duty Travel required
Who May Apply: Students who are U.S Citizens

How to Apply:

Provide your current resume, transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and an optional cover letter.

1) Via Email: to Please ensure your email has the following subject line: Student Trainee Archaeologist.
2) Application packages will be accepted through 11:59pm PT on 30 August 2019

Application packages that are received after the closing date,
or do not contain resume and transcripts will not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements. In order to apply for the Post-Secondary Student Direct Hiring Authority position, an individual must be a current student in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
The full performance of this position requires an individual to meet Federal qualifications standards found in Archeology and Historic Preservation: Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines (Code of Federal Regulations, 36CFR Part 61 or, which includes a post graduate degree in anthropology or a closely related field. Therefore, this opportunity is limited to students currently enrolled in a post-graduate program leading to a Masters or Doctoral degree.

An individual who possesses the minimum education requirements and specialized experience described under Qualifications Requirements, below.

Qualifications Requirements for GS-05:
Minimum Education Requirements.
1. 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.
 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;
 Archeological field school.
2. 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).
2. 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.
3. 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.

Experience and Education Requirements for GS-7:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education.

Specialized Experience:
One year of specialized experience which includes archaeological methods and theory, or cultural resources management.


Education: One full year of graduate level education (education should read as Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree) in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a position, such as: anthropology or archaeology .


Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:
(1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR
(2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR
(3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.

Experience and Education Requirements for GS-9:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and directly related education.

Specialized Experience:
One year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent, which includes archaeological methods and theory, or cultural resources management.


Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a position, such as: anthropology or archaeology.

Responsibilities/Duties: You will serve as a Student Trainee Archaeologist, working under the general supervision of a section chief who outlines objectives of assignments and provides opportunities for professional development and growth in the position. Working collaboratively with other cultural resources specialists and interdisciplinary project delivery teams, you will conduct archaeological work and tribal consultation associated with the identification and evaluation of cultural resources, and assessments of adverse effect. The position will also entail the development and management of cultural resources contracts, contributions to NEPA documents, and a range of other duties and opportunities.

Conditions of Employment:
1) Must meet suitability for Federal employment
2) Will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
3) Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration
4) Personnel security investigation required
5) Must serve a 2 year probationary period
6) This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position

Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

S. Joe Griffin M.A., RPA
Chief; Cultural, Recreational, and Social Assessment Section

US Army Corps of Engineers
1325 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2922
ph. 916-557-7897
cell. 916-202-9273
fax 916-557-7856


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