Job Announcement: Historian Technician, American Samoa

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

Job Title: Historian Technician

Posting Date: June 16, 2017

Closing Date: July 07, 2017

Serial No.: 129-17

Announcement No.: 022-17

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

General Description

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

Duties and Responsibilities

· Conducts historic library and archival research, assists the Historian with oral history interviews including transcribing such interviews.

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

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

· Assists in the writing of Historic Contexts.

· Assists with the photographing of historic properties.

· Assists with field and electronic mapping of historic properties and features.

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

· Conducts vegetation clearing of historic properties as necessary for photographs of mapping of said properties.

· Assists with the filling out of Historic Property Site Forms and assists with the maintenance the Historic Property Inventory and related electronic Historic Property Inventory.

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

· Makes periodic surveys of historic properties and sites to review their conditions and/or recommends proactive measures as necessary to be taken for preservation purposes.

· Assists the Staff Archaeologist, Historian, and the Director in reviewing and writing reports.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

· Pacific, Polynesian, and Samoa history, or North American history.

· Computer word processing and computer photograph programs.

· Database management,

· Public information and Samoan language are pluses.

· Communicate effectively with agencies in the federal and territorial governments regarding National Register and historic preservation issues.

· Professional and historic preservation organizations through written and oral medium

· Adapt to the local culture.

· Cooperate and interact well with others.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicant must have an Associate degree in History or closely 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 1-684-633-4485/633-400

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