Museum Technician

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This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may apply to Job Announcement # 14R-JW-299303-MPA-NMNH. Permanent Full Time The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery." Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer U.S. citizenship May be required to serve a one-year probationary
period. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service. Must posses a current Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
Cleans and removes dust (including contaminants such as asbestos or pesticide residues), dirt, grime and other foreign matter from museum specimens, objects, works of art, storage equipment and related items.
Follows special safety procedures when required which may include the wearing of protective clothing and physical examinations by the Health Services Division.
Transports specimens to and from loading docks and loads and drives transport vehicles.
Uses various computer programs to obtain and update inventory data. Programs will include standard PC software, custom programs and may include digital photography.
Maintains tools such as hand tools and power tools necessary for metal work, wood working, building crates and pallets and stabilizing objects.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
Condition of Employment: Must posses a current Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of tractors and trailers. Please submit a copy with your application package.
Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations must be submitted within your application package as indicated under "Required Documents" . Applicants may use the following websites /, /, or to obtain these evaluations.
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
1. Knowledge of museum collections management work, including storage procedures and techniques, pest management and treatments, inventory control, rigging, digital photography and crating techniques.
2. Skill in the use of materials handling equipment (eg., fork lifts, dollies, hand trucks).
3. Skill in interpreting and adapting guidelines to solve problems.
4. Skill in the use of stationary and power tools.
5. Ability to build cohesiveness and work as part of a team.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
To preview questions please click here. Experience: One year of full-time experience at the grade 4 level that is close or similar to the _operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects_. This experience includes activities such as using collections management principles and practices in activities such as packing, handling, storing; and and monitoring of museum objects.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Or Education: Four years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study or 24 semester hours of coursework in a related field.
For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; _ OR _ You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Your application package should include the following documents:
Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable.
Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing @ ; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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