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Subject:GS Levels?
Time:01:58 am
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Maybe this is a stupid question, but I'm trying to figure out what GS level I am at, so that I know which jobs are way out of my range. At first I thought it was similar to the UK system, but theirs only goes up through G7. Where can I find a list? I've tried Googling, but since I don't even know what "GS" stands for ... I got nothing. I've been working in this field off and on since 2006, and I am completely unfamiliar with these designations! Is this because I got my degrees overseas, or are companies using this numbering convention more frequently now than they used to? *feels like a dunce*
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oligomer
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Time:2012-06-19 12:23 pm (UTC)
If you are talking Federal pay scale, GS is "grade scale" (per my boss, idk if anyone else calls it that, it really means "general schedule"). It is a set pay across the nation, and then a cost of living for regions is added into it. So, I am a GS 4 and my friend/coworker is a GS 7, our supervisor is a GS 11, and the department head is a GS 13. That's intern, degree holding technician, party chief, and supervisor/department head for a idea of how the department I work for structures it's pay scale.

http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexgs.asp

Above is the link for the pay charts for this year.
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skjaere
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Time:2012-06-19 01:39 pm (UTC)
It's really maddening that I can't find anything that lists the qualifications for the various levels. I've got an MA and four years of field experience. Do you happen to know off the top of your head what that would make me?
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oligomer
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Time:2012-06-19 12:27 pm (UTC)
My answer was marked as spam, I don't know why.

Google "GS pay chart 2012" for the actual pay of everyone.

GS=General Schedule, and the pays are voted on every year.
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skjaere
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Time:2012-06-19 01:21 pm (UTC)
LJ has been marking lots of things as spam lately, more or less at random. Thank for your reply. This is a big help!

(Ooh, I have a Hufflepuff icon, too!)
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oligomer
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Time:2012-06-19 02:54 pm (UTC)
Love to the Hufflepuff!
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synj_munki
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Time:2012-06-19 02:16 pm (UTC)
here's a few examples:

GS-02, Archeology Aid - 3 months of general work experience; OR A high school diploma or the equivalent.

GS-03, Archeology Technician - 6 months of general work experience OR Successful completion of one year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of education above high school OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

GS-04, Archeology Technician: 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting with on-the-ground field studies to identify cultural, historic and/or paleontological resources and reporting findings to supervisor; using designated, well established guidelines to compute, compile, and present archaeological data in field notes OR Successful completion two years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as geography, geology, or cultural geography; history, historiography, or historical archeology; environmental studies; scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or surveying; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

GS-05, Archeology Technician: one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting professional archeologist in performing actual field studies; conducting designated inventories to provide predictive information for planning systems regarding cultural resources OR Successful completion of a full four year (180 quarter or 120 semester hours) course of study leading to a bachelor's degree of major related study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of subjects such as geography, geology, or cultural geography; history, historiography, or historical archeology; environmental studies; scientific writing (nonfiction English composition); and/or surveying; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

GS-06, Archeology Technician: one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS- 5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include working with a professional archeologist, planning and carrying out field studies to identify cultural, historic and/or paleontological resources and writes reports based on findings; applying and adapting a wide range of established data analysis methods to fit a variety of circumstances; OR Successful completion of one-half year (13.5 quarter or 9 semester hours) of graduate study which included coursework directly related to the work of the position; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

GS-07, Archeology Technician- one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS- 6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include researching reference materials such as site maps, existing archeological inventory information, books and other written data for possible cultural sites within an area slated for development; preparing or assisting with preparation of forms for determination of eligibility and/or nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places; OR Successful completion of one full year (27 quarter or 18 semester hours) of graduate level study which included coursework directly related to the work of the position OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

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skjaere
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Time:2012-06-19 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. I wonder if any of my experience counts as "specialised". I feel like it must, but I'm betting definitions vary.
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oligomer
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Time:2012-06-19 02:53 pm (UTC)
Anything directly applicable and in the appropriate industry, e.g., field work, is "specialized".
Also, despite the recommendations of the pay scale, you might be "demoted" in that regard; not every department is funded properly. I should technically be a GS-6 (two years in the field with increasing responsibilities, 2 year degree, in my last year of completing my B.S., however my department can barely afford me as a GS-4.
Just like everywhere else, the government, and the FS particularly (it feels like), are struggling.
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synj_munki
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Time:2012-06-19 02:17 pm (UTC)
GS-09: To Qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-07). Specialized experience is defined as: experience assisting in the surveying, compiling and interpretation of archeological and historical data of a specific geographical area; make professional recommendations on archeological & historical resources affected by surface disturbances.
OR
Substitution of education for experience: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree directly related to this position. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts with your application package for verification purposes.)
OR
Combination of qualifying education and experience: Possession of a portion of the specialized experience described above, but less than one year; and possession of more than one year but less than two years of graduate level education that is directly related to the position being filled. To compute the percentage of the experience and education you meet, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 18 by 36. Add the two percentages. The total
percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts with your application package for verification purposes.)
education can be substituted for experience at the GS-09 level. The education substitution is:
- Completion of two (2) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field (Archaeology) leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate degree.
OR
- A Combination of Education and Experience: Possession of a portion of the specialized experience described above, but less than one year; and possession of more than one year but less than two years of graduate level education that is directly related to the position being filled. To compute the percentage of the experience and education you meet, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 18 by 36. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

For GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are those which include work in the field of archaeology, including field experience, professional experience in archaeology, including survey, excavation, laboratory analysis and preparation of written materials, typology, classification, sampling, cultural evolution, diffusion, dating and analytical techniques OR Substitution of education for specialized experience when applying for GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

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