Temporary: Archivist, Everglades National Park, Homestead

29 Jan 2018 9:11 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)



This position is located in Everglades National Park, in the Cultural Resources Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

This position is a temporary position not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Position may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for April through October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April 2018

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

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The incumbent serves as an archivist at the South Florida Collections Management Center (SFCMC), a multi-park collection management center located inside Everglades National Park. The SFCMC is a dynamic professional organization which manages the museum and archival collections for Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, De Soto National Memorial, Dry Tortugas National Park and Everglades National Park. The SFCMC's mission is to preserve the diverse cultural and natural resources of our parks, sharing them with the American people in celebration of our collective heritage. Our vision is to be central to all aspects of park stewardship, supporting informed resource management decisions and inspiring research, education, and understanding.

The SFCMC manages collections in excess of seven million objects, specimens, and archival documents. The collections span 6,000 years of human history and document active scientific research associated with the nation's largest ecosystem restoration project. Collections from the five parks are varied and include prehistoric and historic archeological artifacts; art; history objects; a 16th century suit of armor; Native American objects; a nationally significant collection of 19th century seacoast artillery; specimens of threatened and endangered species; insects; plants; bird and mammal specimens; type specimens, including holotypes; DNA; and even a swamp buggy. These diverse collections provide unique challenges and opportunities for museum staff seeking to advance their careers. The SFCMC seeks an energetic, detail-oriented, knowledgeable professional to join our team under our guiding principles of professionalism, education, leadership, sustainability, and customer service.

The incumbent utilizes knowledge of archival theory, practices, procedures, and techniques to support the SFCMC's mission and strategic goals. The incumbent will be responsible for management of the museum and archives digital collections, including developing and implementing a strategy for the long-term preservation and accessibility of the parks' digital collections. The incumbent will facilitate the transition from a largely textual archive to a mixed media archival repository. S/he will draft a digital records management plan in consultation with the SFCMC archivist. Managing digital data for long term preservation and access requires specialized knowledge and training, and the incumbent will be called upon to collaborate with other National Park Service units who are in the process of developing digital records management strategies. Implementation of requirements of the Federal Records Act and other directives for managing federal records will be ensured. The digital archivist will work with SFCMC staff to ensure appropriate practices for appraising, preserving and providing access to electronic records are implemented. S/he will conduct outreach with parks' IT staffs and key managers to ensure digital records preservation is being undertaken.

Travel Required

Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You will be required to complete a one-year trial period.


BASIC REQUIREMENT: (A) Bachelor's degree in archival science or bachelor's degree with a major that includes 18 semester hours in archival science, history and/or in political science or government, and 12 semester hours in one or any combination of the following: archival science, history, American civilization, economics, political science, public administration, or government. OR (B) combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Evaluation of Experience:

Professional experience must have been in archival science, or in a directly related field of work such as history that involved the collection, appraisal, analysis, or synthesis of information having historical or archival values. The following are illustrative of kinds of experience that may be accepted as meeting the professional experience requirements: (1) experience as an archivist in Federal, state, religious institution, business, or other archives, or in manuscript depositories, and (2) experience of an archival nature that involved research in archival science, or in a directly related field such as history, government, economics, political science, international relations, or international law.

Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.

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To qualify for this position at the GS-9 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-7 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as:1) applying national archival standards, methodologies, and best practices to all the activities of archival processing including arrangement , description, and preservation of archival collections; 2) identifying, analyzing, and arranging bodies of records; 3) creating and maintaining accessible, retrievable archives and databases; and 4) assisting in setting up, arranging and maintaining, cataloging, and exhibiting collection materials. . You must include hours per week worked.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position, such as archival science, history, American civilization, economics or political. You must include transcripts.


Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. 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.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


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

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Physical Demands: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged work at a computer terminal and sitting for extended periods. Standing, walking, and bending often required. Work requires standing on concrete floors, bending, lifting, and moving heavy items up to 50 pounds which must be lifted or moved on a frequent basis. Must be able to climb ladders.

Working Conditions:

Most of the work is performed in a museum/archives environment of exhibit and storage areas, workroom/laboratory, and offices. Some work areas are cool due to preservation requirements. Occasional work with materials which are dusty may require the use of dust masks, gloves, or other protective devices or a fume hood. The incumbent may occasionally perform field work in adverse weather conditions.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • History and Archaeology
  • Information Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing
  • Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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