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Job Title:Photographer, GS-1060-12 (Open to all U.S. citizens) DB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Job Announcement Number:OST.M-2013-0019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013




Full Time - - TERM-NTE-4 YEARS




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.

A separate job announcement is being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: OST.M-2013-0020.


The Office of the Secretary (OST) oversees the formulation of National transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities range from negotiation and implementation of international transportation agreements, assuring the fitness of US airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuance of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems and preparing transportation legislation.

Vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 50th application.

This position serves in the Photographic Section of the Office of Real and Personal Property and Asset management. As a photographer for the Secretary of Transportation and for the Administrators of the ten modal administrations the you will be responsible for capturing on film all events of major historical significance to the Department. In this capacity, you have a vital and important responsibility to obtain the greatest coverage for national and regional distribution of information featuring the Secretary of Transportation and programs or the Department.

OST is looking for a motivated, self-reliant, skilled candidate willing to lead, direct and coordinate change within DOT that will balance transportation security requirements with the safety, mobility and economic needs of the nation.

This position is located in the new DOT building, which sits directly across from the street from the metro and blocks away from the new National’s Baseball Stadium.  OST has flexible work schedules (to include Telework).


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: OST.M-2013-0020
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Photographer will:

  • Take official portraits of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and other top Department officials, utilizing skills in posing and lighting to show each subject to best advantage.
  • Independently plan and make unaccompanied field trips to secure photography of transportation related subjects such as airports, highways and bus and rail facilities to support departmental publications, exhibits and other programs as requested by our customers.
  • Exercise initiative and a high degree of artistic ability and professional skill in staging the photography of actual or after the fact events as to capture the maximum degree of credibility and realism to such events.
  • Make photographic reproductions of a wide variety of materials such as drawings, charts, etc. for publications, exhibits or briefing purposes.




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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade level (GS-11) for this occupation. The specialized experience must include:


  • Experience in "custom" photography, such as special developing and previewing techniques, and use of appropriate cameras to meet individualized requirement, i.e., still and motion, ultra high speed, stop still, etc.
  • Experience in exploiting the potentials of available equipment and conducting tests on photo materials.
  • Experience in setting up special equipment to create special affects.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over nonveterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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