Topic ID #37601 - posted 11/8/2016 2:28 AM

Historian, GS-07/09 - Beatrice, NE

Jennifer Palmer

Historian GS-170-07/9
Agency Contact Information
1 vacancy in the following location:
 Beatrice, NE
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Tuesday 11/8/2016
(0 day(s) ago)
 Closes Monday 11/14/2016
(6 day(s) away)
Salary Range
$40,033.00 to $63,354.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade
Promotion Potential
Supervisory Status
Who May Apply
United States Citizens
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Job Announcement Number
Job Overview
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement.  Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens 
Vacancy ID NUMBER (VIN): 1842196
This announcement is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures, (MWRC-17-MP-0024).  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.
The incumbent serves as the Historian for Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska.  The Homestead Act of 1862 is considered by historians to be one of the nation's most significant pieces of legislation ever enacted.  The 123 year history of the Homestead Act affected multiple aspects of history in the United States and the world, including but not limited to:  immigration, property ownership systems, industrial development, women's suffrage, civil rights, Civil War history, American Indians, agricultural development and more.  Besides being the site of one of the first homestead's claimed under the Act, the monument contains the Homestead Heritage Center, a world-class facility housing an award-winning film and the National Homesteading Museum.  Nearby an original homesteader cabin is furnished with period artifacts.  The Education Center hosts education, distance learning and other special programs and temporary exhibits.  The Freeman School is a one-room schoolhouse on its original site.  Over 2.5 miles of self-guided trails traverse 160 acres of restored tallgrass prairie and burr oak woodland.  The monument is a leader in the use of distance learning technology.
Major Duties:
This position is a subject matter specialist on the Homestead Act of 1862 and homesteading and its impact on the United States and the world.  Incumbent fully articulates verbally and in writing the complexity, importance and impact of this act in American history.  This position is supervised by the Chief of Interpretation & Resource Management. Works with and interacts extensively with the public providing assistance to them by phone, through the internet and with walk-ins.
Develops supports and monitors the Cultural Resources Program. Responsible for field and documentary research reflecting the cultural history of the resource, insuring preservation of the area's historic integrity by conducting necessary research, advising all divisions on matters of preservation of historic structures and cultural resources, insuring compliance with Section 106 and other guides and documents.  Assists Museum Curator with curatorial skills and acts as curator if position is vacant.
Plans, prepares and evaluates interpretive materials for historical accuracy. Presents training on site history, historic preservation, and cultural resources management. Audits education and interpretive programs to insure historical accuracy. Performs interpretive duties as assigned. 
Performs oral history interviews to document the park and homesteading history. Researches and writes articles for professional journals, newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Conducts interviews with media, prepares written material for broadcast media. Provides outreach programs to the community. 
Establishes and maintains communication with state and local historical societies, schools, colleges, universities, and genealogical societies.  Encourages use by such entities of the park's historic themes and projects.  Maintains contact with historians at the National Archives, Bureau of Land Management, and Library of Congress for access to homesteading records and ways of establishing a records retrieval system for the park.  Works with partners to ensure quality digital reproductions of homestead records are produced and made available to the park.
Serves as fee collector and assists with visitor services.
Travel Required
Occasional Travel
1-5 nights per month
Relocation Authorized
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation. No guaranteed home sale
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