Position Available at Repatriation Office, NMNH, SI
GARY P. ARONSEN (MNHAN125@SIVM.SI.EDU)
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 15:11:05 EDT
*** Resending note of 10/25/95 15:18
The following is a job announcement for a position as Anthropologist
at the Repatriation Office, NMNH, SI. This is a revised version of a previous
posting. For further information on this position please call the SI Office of
Human Resources at (202) 287-3645 (voice) or (202) 287-3498 (TTY).
Please cross-post and forward this message to interested parties.
ANTHROPOLOGIST POSITION AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 95-1191R
OPENING DATE: 20 OCTOBER, 1995
CLOSING DATE: 27 NOVEMBER, 1995
(Note that applications received BEFORE NOVEMBER 6th may be contacted
for interviews at the AAA meeintgs held in Washington, DC on 15-18 Nov.)
POSITION TITLE: Anthropologist
POSITION SERIES AND GRADE: GS-190-11/12
(Promotion potential to GS-12 if fiiled at the lower grade level)
SALARY: $36,174/$43,356 per annum
TERM APPOINTMENT - NOT TO EXCEED 4 YEARS
ORGANIZATION: Natural Museum of Natural History
Office of Repatriation
DUTY LOCATION: Washington, DC
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All Sources (Status and Non-Status) May Apply.
DUTIES: Coordinates and documents biological and aechaeological specimens
in the collecitons of the Department of Anthropology as mandated in Federal
legislation establishing the National Museum of the American Indian.
Documentation of these collections will serve as the basis for decisions on
whether to return or retain collections and will potentially have significant
impact on repatriation practice and policies for the Museum, the Institution,
and the museum community at large. Determines what is known about the time
period, cultural association, and archaeological horizion of biological and
cultural materials accessioned in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
physical anthropology and archaeology collections. Particular emphasis is on
the archaeological documentation of the human skeletal collections and
associated grave goods as part of the Repatriation Office's effort to establish
cultural and historical context of these materials. Research involves the use
of archival records as well as published and unpublished archaeological and
ethnographic source materials on the time and cultural associations of
specimens in the collections. At times, the study of archaeological materials
themselves will be necessary, as will frequent interaction with the Physical
Anthropology Case Officer working more directly with the biological
documentation of the remains. Obtains information pertaining to archaeological
or historical context of human skeletal remains and archaeological/ethnological
materials and integrates this information with existing and new database
management systems. Uses institutional and other database systems to integrate
documentation from various source materials including accession records, field
notes, published site reports and other bibliographic sources relevant to the
archaeological context and time period of specimens. The information is used
for both the immediate research purposes and to improve the general quality of
the museum records. Plays a major role in the development and maintenance of
standards for information recovery carried out by the Repatriation Office as
part of repatriation documentation procedures. Develops computer-based data
management and processing systems to record information collected. In
coordination with the Program Manager, is responsible for general oversight of
the Repatriation Office Local Area Network. Coordinates the efforts of
technical staff working with museum records in the Collections Management Unit
of the Department of Anthropology, and in the National Anthropological Archives
gathering information needed in the documentation of collections.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year
course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included or was
supplemented by 24 semester hours in anthropology, history, biology, physical
science, geology, physical science, human geography, or other closely related
fields that primarily concern human adaptation to the environment or
evolutionary development. For _GS-11_, a Master's or equivalent graduate degree
or one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. For
_GS-12_, a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or one year of specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is the
experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge,
skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and
which is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education in excess of
the amount required for the next lowest grade level may be combined with
SELECTIVE FACTORS: (Applicants must meet _all_ of these mandatory requirements
to be considered qualified to compete for a position.)
1) Ability to develop and complete research projects in native American arch-
aeology with a focus on material culture and human remains; this includes
museum record research, writing, and editing reports (e.g. scholarly docu-
mentationinterpretive reports, descriptive analysis).
2) Ability to document research based on sources such as archival records, lib-
rary materials, and object and biological collections.
3) Ability to manage and develop computerized database management systems.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: (These factors are not mandatory to be considered for
a position, but will be used to determine who are the highest qualified candi-
dates among those who meet the selective factors.)
1) Knowledge of ehtnohistorical research.
2) Ability to interpret and evaluate information from ethnographic and
historical source materials (i.e. archival records, published and unpub-
lished ethnographic source materials).
3) Knowledge of Local Area Networks and/or the Paradox database management
4) Knowledge of repatriation inventory, documentation, and/or Native American
5) Ability to communicate orally (Note: contacts include Native Americans,
visiting scientists, technical staff, administrative staff, and volunteers.
NOTE: RELOCATION EXPENSES MAY BE PAID AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SMITHSONIAN
Once again, contact (202) 287-3645 (voice) or (202) 287-3498 (TTY) for
more information. Please refer to the ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER when contacting the
Smithsonian's Office of Human Resources.