Objects Conservator National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Institution
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Monday, 27 November, 2017

Conservator IS-1001-11
Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Open & closing dates: 11/06/2017 to 11/27/2017
Salary: $66,510 to $86,460 per year
Pay scale & grade: IS 11
Appointment type: Permanent - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
Announcement number: 18R-SR-303238-TRF-NASM

This position is located in the Conservation Unit of the Collections Division of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum (NASM), which is responsible for properly protecting the National Collections of aeronautics and space artifacts in perpetuity and guaranteeing intellectual as well as physical control over those collections.

- Coordinates loans, manages ongoing projects and provides technical guidance to fellow conservators, interns, fellows and contractors; performs artifact examination and treatment of artifacts; and maintains administrative records and conservation report files.
- Performs condition reporting for selected objects; measures the objects, records condition, performs research, technical analysis and prepares digital photography; and assists in the preparation of collection condition surveys to enhance the broader understanding of the condition status of the entire collection.
- Performs direct conservation treatment and supports artifact conservation process by procuring necessary supplies and equipment, fabricating supports, object handling and movement, photography, and related tasks; devises a treatment strategy requiring in-depth research, testing and consultation with colleagues; proposes artifact treatment for approval, documents them and includes them in the collections database; and prepares artifacts for long-term storage, exhibition or for shipping.
-Performs environmental monitoring of temperature, relative humidity, visible light and UV radiation by using light meters, hygrothermographs and data loggers; and advises the Chief Conservator and curators of conditions that threaten artifacts.

Who May Apply:
This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.

Conditions of Employment
- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
- Complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer


Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting artifact conservation and preservation tasks, which includes: artifact condition examination, conservation treatment, preventative conservation, use of a collections information system data base, and preparation of object condition reports.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

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.

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

Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

Required Documents
Your application package should include the following documents:
- Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
- 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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
- Benefits for federal employees
- Healthcare insurance
- Pay and leave

Review our benefits:
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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.

Agency contact information
Shontel Ruiz
Phone: 202-633-6312
TDD: 202-633-6409
Fax: 202-633-6401
Email: ruizs@si.edu
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, District of Columbia
United States