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Vacancy Details

Grade: 09

1 Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or education as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects.
  • I have 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
2 Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as initiating paperwork for the purchase of supplies and materials to support the collections processing functions; gathering information determine what tasks are necessary to ensure the safe condition of artifacts in storage; rehousing and packing museum artifacts for shipment; and using a database to keep track of locations, dimensions, condition surveys, and digital imagery of the artifact.
  • I have 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position..
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
3 Which of the following best describes your background to apply collection management principles, concepts and methodology? Answer to this question is required
  • I possess a graduate degree in Museum Studies
  • I possess an undergraduate degree in Museum Studies
  • I have completed coursework in Museum Studies, but do not have a degree in Museum Studies
  • I have experience which demonstrates I have been responsible for applying collection management principles, concepts ands methodology to artifacts and/or specimens
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following best reflects your ability to analyze complex issues and identify appropriate solutions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions under close supervision.
  • I have assisted others in the analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • I have participated on a team that analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have independently analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have led others charged with analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • None of the above
5 Please select each prevention and recovery activity you have participated in for a previous job Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted heritage preservation surveys
  • Prepared documentation for AAM certification
  • Prepared disaster preparedness plans
  • Advised architects and engineers regarding condition requirements for collections storage
  • Managed disaster recovery projects
  • Established conservation programs and schedules
  • Conducted conservation needs assessments
  • I have not conducted any of the above activities
6 I have the following type of experience with safety policy and procedures (Please select one of the following): Answer to this question is required
  • I have had formal training in various safety policies and procedures. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience in implementing safety policies and procedures. I typically work with a supervisor or someone else in conducting safety reviews and implementing policies.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to independently implementing safety policy and procedures. I have experience applying this knowledge to a variety of projects and programs.
  • None of the above.
7 Do you have experience performing the following duties: collections management including object care, handling, exhibition development and installation, object movement and tracking, packing, shipping and storage; and inventory management, or other experience related to the position to be filled? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Which of the following types of rules and regulations are you able to interpret and follow? Answer to this question is required
  • Retention and maintenance of museum collection objects
  • Shipment and transport of museum collection objects
  • Acquisition or accession of museum collections
  • Disposal or de-accession of museum collections
  • None of the above
9 Which of the following types of hazardous materials do you have experience handling? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Asbestos/carcinogenic materials.
  • Radioactive materials.
  • Hazardous chemicals.
  • Flammable chemicals.
  • Pesticides.
  • Biohazards.
  • Heavy metals including arsenic, lead, and mercury.
  • None of the above.
10 Select from the following list all handling activities with which you have experience Answer to this question is required
  • Handling museum objects for examination
  • Crating or uncrating museum objects for transport or storage
  • Designing museum handling apparatuses for objects
  • Designing museum storage apparatuses for objects
  • Handling large museum objects
  • Using industrial material handling equipment (i.e., forklifts) to handle museum objects
  • I have no experience handling museum objects.
11 Which of the following examples of collections documentation practices have you performed as a regular part of your job? (check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Performed shelf surveys / inventories
  • Accurately recorded information using automated systems
  • Adhered to data standards for collections management
  • Assisted with the resolution of inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records
  • Independently resolved inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records
  • Assisted with the maintenance of inventory holdings using automated or hard copy records
  • Independently maintained accurate inventory of holdings using automated or hard copy records
  • I have no experience with collection documentation practices
12 Do you have experience using TMS (The Museum System) to create object packages and update object location records? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
13 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience with museum collections documentation? Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted in a physical inventory by matching records with items.
  • I have independently matched records to items and have identified inconsistencies in the records.
  • I have independently matched records to items, identified inconsistencies, and resolved those inconsistencies.
  • I have no experience with collections documentation.
14 Have you designed and constructed customized containers for shipping/storing museum collections Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 Which of the following tools have you used on a regular basis in personal or professional settings? Answer to this question is required
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Band saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Drill press
  • Sander
  • Router
  • Planer
  • Pneumatic nail / staple gun
  • Other stationary tools or power hand tools
  • I have not used stationary tools or power hand tools on a regular basis
16 Which of the following types of material handling equipment have you operated in the performance of your job? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Forklifts
  • Dollies
  • Pallet Jacks
  • Flat Bed Carts
  • Hand Carts
  • Johnson Bars
  • Gantries
  • Carts
  • Cranes
  • Personnel Lifts
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Other Material Handling Equipment
  • I have no experience operating material handling equipment.
17 Which of the following have you had experience/training in performing as part of a safety program? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying hazardous waste and following proper protocols for disposal
  • Performing safety inspections
  • Performing accident and unsafe conditions investigations
  • Preparing reports and documentation on hazards and abatement
  • Maintaining safety recordkeeping systems
  • Providing training
  • Writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and safety plans
  • Performing emergency evacuation drills
18 From the following list, identify those types of written products you have prepared. Answer to this question is required
  • Activity reports
  • Policy documents
  • Waiver requests
  • Training/instructional aids
  • Procedures and guidelines
  • Journal articles or published manuscripts
  • Research reports
  • Research and/or development grant proposals
  • Formal correspondence (e.g., internal and external communications to high-level officials)
  • Methodology papers (e.g., procedures, guidelines, data documentation)
  • Standardized reports
  • Meeting notes/minutes
  • Abstracts
  • Executive summaries
  • Newsletter articles
  • Other written communications
  • None of the above
19 Which of the following best describes your highest level of responsibility in preparing written work documents? Answer to this question is required
  • I contributed small pieces (e.g., parts of report sections) for incorporation and review
  • I contributed larger pieces (e.g., report sections) for incorporation and review
  • I reviewed the work of other writers for appropriate content and format
  • I reviewed the work of other writers and was responsible for portions of final documents
  • I reviewed the work of other writers and was responsible for entire documents
  • None of the above
20 Which of the following describes your experience being accountable for a museum's collection as a specialist in museum registration or collections management for the transportation, insurance, security, packing and shipping of museum collections? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have arranged packing, crating, and crate storage for museum items.
  • I have examined collections items for damage.
  • I have ensured the security and physical safety requirements for collections items in transit and on display.
  • I have shipped objects domestically and understood the applicable conventions, regulations, and processes.
  • I have shipped objects internationally and understood the applicable conventions, regulations, and processes.
  • I have couriered museum objects domestically or internationally.
  • I have monitored objects on loan and ensured that the contract terms were met.
  • None of the above.

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