Following is a list of competencies and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform in archeology at the Entry, Developmental, and Full Performance levels.  To fully view a competency simply click on the boldface print and it’s KSAs will appear.  To access training and materials that correspond with a specific competency, simply click on the box that follows that competency.

Entry Level:

I. Preservation Law, Philosophy, and Practice

  • Provides general information and knowledge on the identification, evaluation, documentation, treatment, and management of cultural resources, especially those archeological in nature.
  • Possesses broad, but basic, understanding and knowledge in preservation law, philosophy, and practice.
  • Familiarity with national cultural resource laws and regulations, policies, and National Park Service regulations, policies and guidelines relating to archeological and cultural resources.

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II. Research and Inventory

Under the direct supervision of a professional archeologist, conducts basic research on archeological topices and participates in archeological surveys and excavations while documenting all work in accordance with professional standards.

A. Archeological Investigations

B. Laboratory Analysis/Conservation of Field Collections

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III. Preservation, Treatment, and Maintenance

  • Assists in planning and implementing archeological projects and provides technical assistance.
  • Hands-on experience in recording soil depositional sequences, site formation processes, agents of deterioration, and recommendations for enhanced documentation, treatment, monitoring, and protection programs
  • Knowledge of applicable management documents such as area management reports and preservation plans.

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IV. Program and Project Management

  • Under direct supervision, may assist in the development and execution of a park, center, cluster, or office level program or project.
  • Ability to assist, under direct supervision, in the development and execution of a park, center, cluster, or office level program or project.

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V. Communication

  • Communicates, interprets, and presents information pertinent to the preservation of archeological sites and materials.

A. Writing

  • Ability to prepare limited scale scientific reports that will disseminate the cultural resource data derived from projects in accordance with service and agency policies.
  • Knowledge of basic techniques of writing technical and professional reports on the results of archeological surveys that meet professional and National Park Service standards.
  • Administrative skills such as preparing scopes of work, cooperative agreements, and contracts.

B. Public Interpretation/Presentation/Outreach

  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of public interpretation of archeological sites and materials, outside consultations, developing partnerships, and contacts with the professional community.
  • Basic knowledge of techniques of conveying technical archeological information to the lay public.
  • Ability to work as a team member in the design and implementation of effective public interpretation programs such as popular histories, brochures, pamphlets, videos, exhibits, posters, lesson  plans, and other public interpretation devices.
  • Knowledge of public speaking techniques.

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Developmental Level

I. Preservation Law, Philosophy, and Practice

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II. Research and Inventory

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III. Preservation, Treatment, and Maintenance

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IV. Program and Project Management

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V. Communication

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Full Performance

I. Preservation Law, Philosophy, and Practice

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II. Research and Inventory

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III. Preservation, Treatment, and Maintenance

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IV. Program and Project Management

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V. Communication

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