The archeologist is a field position assigned to an area office and supports work for the Kansas Cultural
Resource Program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The incumbent serves as a
cultural resources specialist associated with soil, water, plant, and related conservation concerns, and is
responsible to assist an area archaeologist with guidance and assistance to field personnel and technical
teams for conservation, protection and enhancement of cultural resources.
The archeologist provides planning, application, guidance and training activities in the assignments of
responsibility, which includes ensuring the technical quality of cultural resource reviews and
participating in environmental reviews. This employee is required to operate in both outdoor
environments and office settings while effectively communicating with associates and the public.
The position is a full-time employee of a local county conservation district. Four positions will be hired
for placement in the Kansas cities of Emporia, Hays, Hutchinson, and Manhattan to perform duties in a
regional area typically encompassing about 25 counties.
REQUIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
1. College level degree in archaeology, anthropology, or related discipline is required
2. Graduate level degree in archaeology, anthropology, or related discipline is preferred
3. Ability to effectively interpret technical information developed in archival surveys and investigations
4. Knowledge of applicable federal laws regarding cultural resources and historic preservation
SALARY AND PAY RANGE
The archeologist position is started at an NRCS equivalent Grade 7 or 9 rating depending on the level of
background and experience of a qualifying candidate. The beginning salary of the Grade 7, Step 1 entrylevel is $46,696 plus a $4,800 health insurance incentive. The beginning salary of the Grade 9, Step 1
entry-level is $57,118 plus a $4,800 health insurance incentive. Employees are eligible to advance up to
a GS-11 rating with satisfactory performance evaluations and sufficient time in grade.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT
A prospective employee will be required to pass all applicable background checks requested by the
Natural Resources Conservation Service. Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle
operator’s license for the type of vehicle(s) operated to perform the duties of this position.
Positions will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume, transcripts, cover
letter and list of three most recent employers who can be contacted for references to
Monica.Wichman@ks.gov . Applicants must reference their last name along with the phrase
“Archeologist” and the city location(s) for employment consideration in the subject line of the email
(e.g. Smith – Archeologist – Manhattan). Additional questions can be directed to (785) 564-6618.
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