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Announcement Number:
19R-RA-304715-DEU-NMAH
Hiring Agency:
SMITHSONIAN
Position Title:
Museum Technician
Open Period:
05/03/2019 - 05/06/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 1016 05
Salary:
USD $37,955 - USD $49,338
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time, TERM APPT - NTE 09/30/2021
Promotion Potential:
GS-05
Promotion Potential Explanation:
TERM position -- Not To Exceed 9/30/21 without any promotion potential.
Duty Location(s):
FEW Vacancies in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Regina Anderson
202-633-6329
andersonregina@si.edu

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 2 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Federal  APPT -- NOT TO EXCEED 9/30/2021
Marketing Statement:
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

 
Summary:

This position is located in the Office of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of American History (NMAH). The incumbent assists with museum collections management tasks including collections inventory, collections care and conservation, specimen/object curation, pest management, storage improvement, data capture, digitization and maintenance of collections data in the NMAH collections information system.




Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties


  • Assists with collections management tasks across all museum departments within the National Museum of American History.

  • Tracks data through the data management process, proofreading data for technical errors and content, referring to original source documents as necessary. 

  • Compiles, checks, verifies, and maintains data records created from source materials such as labels, specimen/objects, catalogs, and data, and records data in the NMAH collections information system as required by the data management process.

  • Participates on teams or with higher level staff to perform a wide variety of collections inventory and physical care projects for NMAH collections and associated records.

  • Assists in the digitization, data entry, and maintenance of NMAH collections data.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either:  (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 150 applications are received; whichever occurs first.  If the announcement closes on the date that 150 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 150.
    
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes.  We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

Key Requirements:
  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Education Requirements:

    PLEASE SEE EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION ABOVE.

    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 best practices used in the management and preservation of American history collections.

    2. Skill in applying research techniques in carrying out fundamental assignments, operations, or procedures.

    3. Skill in written communication to ensure accurate documentation of museum collections.

    4. Ability to work as part of a team in achieving goals in a group or independent setting.

    5. Knowledge of techniques used in processing and digitizing data related to the collections and disciplines collected across the museum.

    6. Ability to operate digitization equipment and ability to use image editing software.


    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.

    Qualifications:

    Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience carrying out tasks for a collection inventory within a large museum and recording the collected data into a collections information system.


    Or Education: You must meet at least ONE of the qualification requirements described under A, B, or C below:

    [A] GENERAL EXPERIENCE - You must have 3 years of general experience, 1 year of which demonstrates the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.

    [B] EDUCATION:  A bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university is fully qualifying at the Grade 5 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. OR

    [C] COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
    Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; 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 proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.


    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that
    includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life
    insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program
    options.
    Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete
    description.
    Other Information:
    Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp
    Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
    Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
    Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
    Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com
    Retirement Program - http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    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.
    Required Documents:
    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.
    • 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.
    Next Steps:

    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 www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.


    Additional Information:



    • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.

    • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.

    • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).