Job Announcement – Archaeological Technician, American Samoa

American Samoa Government
Department of Human Resources
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

Job Title: Archaeological Technician

Posting Date: June 15, 2017

Closing Date: July 07, 2017

Serial No.: 128-17 Announcement No.: 021-17

Department/ Division: Governor’s Office/ American Samoa Historic Preservation Office

Type of Position: Permanent Appointment

Posting Type: Employment Opportunity/Open to the Public

Pay Grade and Salary Range: GS-09/$11,917 – $30,767

Nature of Work:

This position is located in the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office (ASHPO). The incumbent works under the supervision of the Staff Archaeologist and the Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) Director. The incumbent is responsible for doing fieldwork and related paperwork necessary for identification and preservation
of historic and cultural properties in the Territory. The incumbent shall perform work under the Survey and Inventory Program Area of the Office, but may be asked to perform survey related tasks for the Review and Compliance and National Register Program Areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Manage site visits, assists with excavations and monitors construction and land-use activities to identity historic and cultural properties for publication related to the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1990 PNRS permit process.

· Conducts vegetation clearing of archaeological sites and other historic properties for the mapping and photographing of said sites as required.

· Provide assistance to the Staff Archaeologist, and Historian in conducting comprehensive archaeological and ethnographic surveys, of the islands within American Samoa, in order to locate, identify, and document all historically, archaeologically, and culturally significant properties.

· Assists in conducting periodic monitoring and other testing of projects to ensure that Historic Preservation Requirements being complied with.

· Prepares written reports of survey and testing activities in accordance with the related to Review & Compliance and Survey and Inventory.

· Assists the Staff Archaeologist to prepare National Register Nomination forms in accordance with the related National Register Nomination Guidelines.

· Assists with the photographing of features at archaeological sites.

· Assists with field and electronic mapping of archaeological sites and features.

· Assists in conducting tours and class presentations relating to historic preservation and of archaeological and historic sites.

· Assists in conducting after-the-fact assessments at unpermitted earthmoving and construction sites to determine the nature and extend of damage to significant historic and archaeological resources, upon which a report will be generated by the incumbent.

· Makes periodic surveys of historic properties and sites to review their conditions and/or recommends pro action necessary to be taken for preservation purpose.

· Assists contractors or clients in the review of the One Start application and make as needed recommendations regarding the Division’s requirements.

· Assists the HPO Staff Archaeologist and in the recovery and documentation of human remains found at associated historical and cultural properties.

· Assists with the filling out of Historic Property Inventory forms and related electronic Historic Property Inventory.

· Performs other related duties to assist the Staff Archaeologist, Staff Historian, and Historic Preservation Officer as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

· Pacific, Polynesian, and Samoan archaeology and history, or North American archaeology and history with administrative procedures and regulations, especially related to the National Register Program and the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and how the National Register Program relates to the Review and Compliance and Survey and Inventory Programs.

· Computer word processing, computer photograph programs and Database management.

· Geographic information systems (GIS), and Google Earth.

· Samoan language is a plus.

· Communicate effectively with agencies in the federal and territorial governments regarding National Register and historic preservation issues, as well as professional and historic preservation organizations through written and oral mediums.

· Adapt to the local cultural setting.

· Render technical assistance to appropriate agencies and interested citizens.

· Cooperate and interact well with others.

Academic and Experience Requirements

Applicant must have an Associate degree in Archaeology, History or related field from an accredited college/university plus 4 years of work related experience. Years of progressively responsible working experience may be substituted for a portion of the academic requirement. Salary will be adjusted according to experience.

Complete information concerning this vacancy may be obtained from the Personnel Division of the Department of Human Resources, or please contact the Recruitment unit at 1-684-633-4485/633-4000.

Department of Human Resources,
A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building,

Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799



Fa’afetai Tele

Kenneth Kuaea

Acting Director
Department of Human Resources

This is an Employment Opportunity Employer