NPS Archaeologist Position

Job Title: Archeologist, GS-0193-09/11 TERM

Department: Department Of The Interior

Agency: National Park Service

Job Announcement Number: WEAR615670DEAV

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SALARY RANGE: $55,546.00 to $87,363.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 to Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0193-09/11
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time – Term NTE 13 months


DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) – Kotzebue, AKView Map
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

This position is located at the National Park Service, Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR), Kotzebue, Alaska.

Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR), headquartered in Kotzebue, Alaska, is a four park unit composed of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (BELA), Cape Krusenstern National Monument (CAKR), Kobuk Valley National Park (KOVA), and Noatak National Preserve (NOAT).  These four units, totaling nearly 11.7 million acres, were established by Congress for the preservation of Arctic and sub-Arctic environments and their cultural and natural resources (Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, PL 96-487).  Archeologists working in WEAR have found evidence of 11,000 years of human habitation.  The Inuit continue to utilize these lands for cultural subsistence practices; this continuity of indigenous people on this landscape is a national cultural treasure.  WEAR natural resources include vast tracts of lands which have been little altered since the Pleistocene. There are thriving populations of Arctic and sub-Arctic plants, animals, and fish, and internationally significant nesting and breeding grounds for migratory birds.  Lava flows, sand dunes, and maar lakes are examples of the diverse geological history of this land.  Recreational activities enjoyed within the parklands include flight seeing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, backpacking, camping, river floating, and winter activities.  All four park units are open to subsistence gathering and hunting by local rural residents; sport hunting is permitted within the two preserves.

Limited Government housing is available.

This is a TERM position NTE 13 months. This position may be extended up to an additional 2 years and 11 months, for a total of 4 years.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the “How to Apply” & “Required Documents” sections.


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You will serve as a Term Archeologist at Western Arctic National Parklands, Kotzebue, Alaska.  Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR) encompass over 12 million acres comprised of four of the most remote national park units, including Noatak National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Kobuk Valley National Park all near Kotzebue, Alaska; and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve located on the Seward Peninsula near Nome, Alaska.  Responsibilities include:  accomplishing management functions associated with the operation and execution of specific archeological expeditions and assignments; conducting and/or overseeing archeological examinations of construction, research activities, and other ground disturbing projects where archeological materials may be subject to destruction or damage; ensuring GIS and related database input is complete and accurate; identifying, evaluating, and classifying resource needs; planning and executing surveys for the location and verification of archeological and historical sites; protecting and assessing the conditions of resources; providing technical assistance, consultation, and guidance on archeological studies, programs, and projects; providing advice on the identification and management of cultural resources; performing work to evaluate and ensure scientific and systematic procedures are followed in identifying, evaluating, and classifying cultural resource areas; and performing work related to planning and development of archeological/heritage resources program policy, objectives, and priorities.  The position requires travel to meetings, conferences, and remote sites within the parks by a variety of means including small aircraft, helicopters, boat, or snow machine, and occasional exposure to temperatures ranging from -40F to over 80F, and debilitating insects.  Due to an abbreviated summer field season, project involvement may require up to four weeks of travel per month in the remote backcountry.  Occasionally, the position involves travelling up to two weeks per month to participate in related duties, including, but not limited to:  environmental compliance, professional association meetings, literature searches, consultations, etc.

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Michael Holt at (907) 442-8331.

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