The National Park Service (NPS) regional office located in Atlanta, Georgia is recruiting for a Civil Rights Historian (GS-0170-12) for Interior Region 2-South Atlantic-Gulf Region’s Division of Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science.

Open to the first 100 applicants or until 06/10/2021 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.


The Civil Rights Historian will be responsible for providing programmatic coordination and direction for the history program’s efforts on the African American experience and the incumbent will report directly to the Regional Historian. The incumbent will have extensive experience in the field of history with a focus on the African American experience. The incumbent will also be responsible for supporting efforts related to history for Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and working collaboratively on research efforts with Interior Region 2’s Regional Cultural Anthropologist and Historians, the parks, and external scholars.

Travel Required

25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-06/10/2021-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either “full-time” (or “40 hours a week”) or “part-time” with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.

For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

This position has a positive education requirement.

Applicants must possess the minimum qualifications:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in history; or related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the above, applicants must possess the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: involving history projects of a more complex nature, working independently:

1. Experience reviewing and preparing National Historic Landmark and/or National Register of Historic Places nominations; Determination of Eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places documentation; (iii) Special History Studies, Historic Resource Studies, and/or planning documents for historic properties and cultural resources; and related research specific to the African American experience to include slavery, reconstruction, and civil rights. This experience must demonstrate a broad knowledge of and experience applying the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of history and historic preservation; and professional knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

2. Experience researching and writing on historical topics related to the African American experience. This experience must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of African American History historiography and as well demonstrate sensitivity in dealing with difficult historical topics.
You must include hours per week worked.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary, but at times requires travel to repositories of information, and may require visits to remote sites which require walking or riding over rough, uneven surfaces. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: Most work is performed in offices, archives, and libraries. Assignments may entail work with dusty records or objects.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

For more information and to apply, click HERE

Date Posted: June 1, 2021