Jobs for humanists 8/20

The academic job market isn't the only one :)

My semester started this week. I hope those of you who also began classes are doing well.

Historian • Forest Service (Department of Agriculture) • 23 August, 2021

As you can see, there’s a short window for this one - so I’m actually just sharing it so people know this kind of job exists.

This position is located within a National Forest. The incumbent is responsible for identifying, evaluating, interpreting, managing, and/or prescribing treatments for historic buildings, structures, landscapes, and other various cultural resources located throughout the region/station/area they're assigned to.

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Basic Requirement:
Degree: 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Graduate study in the social sciences or humanities may also be credited when such study included training in historical research methodology; or the thesis approached the subject from an historical viewpoint and used professional historical research methodology and techniques in its preparation

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

GS-09: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience include: Performed work assignments utilizing historical research methodology; work selecting the sources, plans of approach and laying out the methods for historical research and evaluation assignments; presented historical research findings for review by a supervisor or historians of higher grades; assisted in work for the preservation and retention of heritage assets such as heritage curation and interpretation or historic preservation and restoration; or work that included researching, writing, or teaching American architectural history or restoration architecture. . . .

Again, the posting is only open for a short window (which might mean it’s earmarked), I just thought it would be good to make people aware of this kind of work.

Writer-Editor • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Dept of Agriculture) • August 24, 2021 OR 150 applicants

Okay, this also has a short window, plus an application max, plus it is GS-13 (I usually avoid postings that high), so you can’t qualify through education. But it could be a job for you if this sounds familiar:

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience focusing on conveying agriculture-related news and information or land-grant university communications to the public; developing written products that explain policies, programs, or agriculture research findings to a diverse audience; reviewing text for clarity, accuracy, appropriateness, formatting, and publishing suitability; and creating multi-platform communication materials, such as presentations for internal and external distribution and articles for news media, web news delivery, scripts for podcasts and videos, and reports.

You can also check out the questionnaire.

Senior Analyst • Natural Resources and Environmental Team (GAO) • August 27, 2021

There’s another listing for the position, with more categories of eligibility, but does not appear different in other respects. It’s also higher than I would usually post, but the requirements are specific enough that some people in Native Studies departments should know about it.

NRE is responsible for leading and coordinating GAO’s assessments of federal efforts to provide services to Tribes and their members. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as an individual contributor to the engagement team by performing the full range of analyst duties needed to respond to requests from congressional committees, subcommittees and those mandated by public laws and committee reports.


As a Senior Analyst, the incumbent serves as an individual program analyst on a research team. The Senior Analyst performs the full range of duties in support of GAO studies in response to requests from congressional committees, subcommittees, and those mandated by public laws and committee reports. . . .


Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade/band level in the Federal service, or comparable experience in the private sector, to equip the candidate with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as conducting research and performing quantitative and qualitative analysis on program operations or procedures related to planning and evaluation of federal programs that serve Tribes and their members; extracting data for report findings and recommendations; and presenting findings to various audiences. . .

There is a long list of KSAs which I will not excerpt here, but you’re not a good candidate for this position if you don’t have experience with Tribal nations. Here’s the questionnaire. As is often the case for GAO, they require a USAJOBS resume, not one you’ve uploaded.

Library Technician • Library of Congress • August 27, 2021

If you have library training and Spanish or Portuguese, take a look:


Performs copy cataloging for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Descriptively catalogs original materials where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Performs CIP verification independently. Completes cataloging data for publications initially cataloged as Cataloging in Publication (CIP) materials. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Completes routine authority work; consults with librarians for more complex headings; and refers problems to librarians. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Creates and revises bibliographic records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving librarians or the section head on only the more difficult problems.

Under appropriate review, performs collection development tasks including examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections. . . .


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of library acquisitions and cataloging rules, practices, and/or procedures.**

Ability to apply knowledge of library acquisitions, preferably in Spanish and/or Portuguese.**

Ability to apply knowledge of library acquisitions.**

Ability to maintain library collections.**

Skill in attending to detail.**

Ability to utilize information technology and online systems.**

Ability to provide training.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Is there a questionnaire? You better believe it.

Foreign Affairs Officer • Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs • August 31, 2021


  • Point of contact for incoming actions regarding the assignment from Departmental offices, U.S. embassies/posts, other U.S. government (USG) agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, or other sources. 

  • Monitors political, economic, social, military, and other significant developments and trends in assigned area(s) to facilitate, efforts to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Analyzes political, economic, and reporting from a variety of sources.

  • Develops supporting information for official discussions in meetings and conferences , memoranda, talking points, and written Congressional testimony and associated background material for use by principals. 

  • Conducts research, analysis, and/or site visits as needed to collect information on problems and possible solutions in policy and program implementation. . . .


Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;  . . .

IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicant applying for the GS-09 MUST also meet one of the requirements listed below: 

Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience analyzing and evaluating factors and conditions involved in the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

  • Experience researching and analyzing information from a variety of sources.

  • Experience providing advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regard to the interpretation and application of analyses.

OR Have 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to master's degree or master's OR equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university. This education demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled. . . .

The KSAs are pretty general:

  • Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate.

  • Skill in writing briefing materials and talking points.

  • Ability to work with others in achieving goals and objectives.

  • Knowledge of the realm of Foreign policy/international affairs.

And here’s the questionnaire.

Management and Program Analyst • Treasury • September 1, 2021 or 100 applicants

This posting is open at more than one level:

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

- Plan, schedule, and conduct projects and studies to evaluate and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of substantive activities, projects, tasks, and specific operations carried out within OCIP.
- Analyze and evaluate program effectiveness in meeting established goals and objectives.
- Analyze sensitive information requirements to develop reporting systems, including system specifications, data gathering and analytical techniques, and system evaluation methodology.
- Develop conclusions, options, and recommendations for improvements to program operations that take into account and give appropriate weight to uncertainties about the data and other variables that affect long-range program performance.
- Research and investigate new or improved business and management practices, and reengineer processes for application to programs or operations.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience for the GS-09 is defined as one year of experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent that is directly related to the position and has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for the GS-09 is defined as:
- Serving as a technical resource researching laws, regulations, contracts, and management controls to develop evaluation objectives, scope and methodology; AND
- Assisting in conducting studies and/or projects to analyze findings and make recommendations in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, or procedures; AND
- Preparing analysis and information for briefings or other presentations, both planned and extemporaneous, that logically and concisely explain research, analysis, conclusions, courses of action or recommendations.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.  . . .

You’re just being evaluated on “Problem Solving and Communication,” which are two things we are supposed to be good at. Here’s the questionnaire.

Librarian (Portuguese-Language Reference Librarian) • Library of Congress • September 6, 2021

One will, of course, need Portuguese for this job - also check out the detailed list of responsibilities.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of history, politics, and literature of Brazil and Portugal as well as other Latin American countries.** 

Ability to communicate in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.** 

Ability to provide reference and research services. 

Ability to develop and manage library collections.

Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies. 

Ability to communicate in writing. 

Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties. 

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.

A. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;


B. A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience.

GS- 9

Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or master's in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.

And your questions are over here.

Staff Assistant • Central Engineering Department (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) • September 10, 2021

If you’ve got grant experience, give this a look! The only questions on the questionnaire are about grants, so it looks pretty important.


• Prepares proposals for, and subsequently administers the awards of, both externally and internally funded projects for CE Principal Investigators. Serves as Authorizing Officer.

• Provides general administrative support to the MCE, DA, Machine Shop staff and other department staff as requested. Supports the MCE, DA and senior engineering staff in special projects, and performs related administrative duties as required.

• Devises and maintains a quickly and easily accessible property database for the department’s IT resources and also for resources in the labs at the CDP location. Produces reports on same, tracks current location and condition. Serves as the point of contact in annual audit activities. . . .


Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal progression for this occupation that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  The experience may include activities such as creating and maintaining complex databases, managing a contract or grant and resourcing scheduling for a program effort. 
Education: master's or equivalent graduate degree or Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements. . . .

The KSAs are blurb-y, but here are the first two:

  • Knowledge of General Administrative practices and Organizational skills to meet critical deadlines, execute multiple unrelated assignments simultaneously and the ability to work efficiently with all level of staff in an environment in which processes, procedures and task parameters may be changed repeatedly.

  • Analytical, and oral and written communication skills, and the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in communicating potentially contentious information and handling confidential or sensitive material and situations with discretion and mature judgment.

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership - Psychology • U.S. Air Force Academy • October 15, 2021

People often click on these, so I think there’s significant interest. Though perhaps this position is not 100% on target for W&GC readers, maybe you have friends who would be good for it!

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate behavioral science courses; directing or managing courses by preparing supporting documents and reports such as syllabi, grade reports, and course assessment reports; preparing and grading examinations, papers, or labs; facilitating cadet research activities embedded within an academic course or offered for academic credit; advising students on appropriate courses or research activities consistent with their academic goals; and promoting a behavioral science curriculum and research to students and stakeholders at department hosted events. . . .

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in psychology or leadership (must be completed by employment start date) and undergraduate teaching experience in psychology and a minimum of five years full-time teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level are required. . . .

You’ll find other information in the posting. They’re also hiring someone on the more experimental side of things.

Okay, see you Monday for Extra Cheese!