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Job Title:Exhibits Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:SAFR-669763-12-DEU

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$56,172.00 to $73,019.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to Tuesday, June 12, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

This position is located in the Exhibit Department of the Interpretation and Visitor Services Division at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. This department is responsible for all exhibits, interpretive graphics, maintenance, and signage within the park.  

Located along world famous Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California, the park has the 12th largest visitation in the system exceeding over 4 million visits annually. The park's location, resources, and exceptional maritime collections interest a broad and diverse group of visitors, maritime advocates, researchers, partner organizations, community groups, elected officials, and city/county and state agencies. In addition to its many constituents, the park has two Cooperation Associations/Friends organizations and partnership agreements with the San Francisco Senior Center, a Sea Scout unit of the Boys Scouts of America, and the Dolphin and South End Swimming and Rowing Clubs.

Additional selections can be made from this announcement.

The full performance level of this position is GS-09.

Note: This is a full-time, permanent position. 

  To be considered for this position, you must do the following:

1.  Submit an application (resume, OF-612, etc.) and any supporting documents. (Click on the link to review the Tips for Applying document). 

2.  Complete the online questionnaire (review your answers to verify you answered every question).

3.  Meet the experience requirements in the next section of this announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Selective Service Registration. See Other Information tab.
  • Valid Driver's License is required.


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As an Exhibit Specialist, you will perform the following, but not limited to, duties in these areas:

Exhibit Maintenance

  • Build exhibits for the Museum, Visitor's Center, on board ships, and on Hyde Street Pier.
  • Sand, treat, patch surfaces for painting.
  • Perform a wide variety of light mechanical repairs, woodworking, and working with acrylics, locks, and cabinetry.
  • Analyze and repair both high and low voltage light systems.
  • Analyze and repair electrical problems with wiring low voltage electronics and lighting.
  • Troubleshoot, install, and repair audiovisual systems and computer driven AV systems.

Carpentry and Finishing

  • Perform carpentry work on exhibit elements such as trim, panels, historic facades, and exhibit cases.
  • Work from verbal instructions, dimensioned rough sketches, or finished drawings.
  • Produce drawings for in house use and/or outside contractors.
  • Perform finishing of exhibit and signage elements, using oil and water based paints, vanishes, lacquers, stains and waxes, applied as appropriate with brush, roller, cloth, or sprayer.
  • Prepare surfaces including filling with appropriate compounds, scrapping, sanding, rubbing, or sealing.

Preparation and Installation

  • Install or relocate heavy exhibit objects including mounting of artifacts, installation of AV elements, hanging graphic banners, art, paper and film items.
  • Prepare graphics for display employing wet or dry-mounting, pressure mounting, spray mounting, and/or fine art hinging or matting technique.
  • Measure, mark, square, mount objects and graphics with appropriate fastenings, arrangement of lighting, clean-up of spaces.


  • Procure supplies and materials as required using Federal procurement procedures.
  • Identify, locate, research, and order supplies required for a given project.
  • Maintain hazardous materials (hazmat) inventory.
  • Carry out hazmat inventory, safety equipment, and waste control procedures.


  • Prototype, create, and refine ideas for design, production techniques, and production.
  • Participate in design and project schedule meetings with supervisor and co-workers.


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QUALIFICATIONS: Must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7 in the actual type of work for which application is made. Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes work in the appropriate field, e.g., design, model making, art, taxidermy, or restoration.
Specialized Experience definition is to be able to:

(1) troubleshoot and repair electrical, mechanical, and structural exhibit components;

(2) perform carpentry work and finishing on trim, panels, historic facades, platforms and exhibit cases;

(3) install heavy or fragile artifacts that require suspension or mounting to walls;

(4) construct, prepare and paint large surfaces; and

(5) build prototypes or produce shop drawings.

NOTE:  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in the table, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the GS-9 level. (When crediting education that requires specific course work, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used.)

NOTE: Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities regardless if compensation was received. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position, the starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the number of hours worked per week.


Graduate Education:  master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Major study -- illustrative design, commercial art, fine arts, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, or other fields related to the position.

Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

You must provide a copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts or other proof of education. If you cannot obtain a copy of your transcripts you may submit a list of courses, with the course name, credit hours and grade point average. To verify accreditation log on to: NOTE: Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. It is the applicant's responsibility to acquire U.S. Certification and provide it at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to:


Conditions of EmploymentApplicants must possess a valid driver’s license. This position requires you to operate a government or private motor vehicle as part of your official duties. As a condition of employment you will be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Your employment after your tentative selection will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selection official, you possess a valid driver’s license.

Travel/Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

There will be an initial probationary period of one year for this postition.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.

Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, KSAs/competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.

NOTE: You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.

Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

Order of Consideration: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP/ICTAP must be rated well-qualified under Category Ranking procedures, for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  Candidates who meet the requirements for the Well Qualified Category will be placed at the top of this Category and be given selection priority.  Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 notating current position, grade level, and duty location.

We recommend you use USA Jobs resume builder for submitting a resume to ensure you include dates of employment for each job listed (month/year) as well as average number of hours (e.g., 40 hours, 20 hours) worked per week. Note: You can copy and paste your existing resume into resume builder. Please review the Tips for Applying for additional guidance.

Note: Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation.  To preview the questions, click the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. Such as:

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance


Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligible’s must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete occupational questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. To view the occupational questionnaire click:View Occupational Questionnaire
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 669763.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



Submitting Documents: If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.
Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  
   •Not using the special cover page mentioned above. 
   •Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 
   •Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. Applicants must be well-qualified for the vacancy. Well qualified is defined as meeting or exceeding the fully successful level for competencies required by the position. For numeric examinations, a score of 85 or above (before adding any preference points) is considered well qualified. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50). For more information visit
VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference under competitive procedures, submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other proof of eligibility. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit


Shirley Jefferson
Phone: (415)561-7015
Fax: (415)556-1624
Agency Information:
San Francisco Maritime NHP
Fort Mason Center Building E
San Francisco, CA
94123 Fax: (415)556-1624


Once you have successfully submitted your application materials, you can expect to receive the following email notifications concerning your application status: (1) Receipt of application; (2) Result of qualifications review; (3) Referred/Not Referred to the selecting official; and (4) Disposition if referred.

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