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Job Title:Museum Technician (History)

Agency:National Archives and Records Administration

Job Announcement Number:JD830670DGA

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

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$35,907.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 25, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


As a Museum Technician (History) at the William J. Clinton Library and Museum located at 1200 President Clinton Ave. Little Rock, AR, you will perform a variety of duties in connection with the management and maintenance of the museum's collection. 


Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives.  Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government - more than 10 billion of them.


Visit our Employee Gallery at to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking.   If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives!


For more information visit:


Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens.


Note:   This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion procedures.   Applicants under special hiring authorities (e.g., Disabilities Program, Peace Corps, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, Former overseas employee, Former National Guard Technician, etc.) who wish to be considered must apply under Merit Promotion procedures, Job Announcement number JD828143DGA.





  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation or Security Clearance
  • Relocation Expenses Will Not Be Paid
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days


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·         Perform museum duties involving cataloging, evaluation on condition of museum artifacts, proper storage techniques, inventories, and preservation needs of the collection.

·         Incumbent maintains relevant files for the physical control of the objects and identifies and withdraws materials from files that may not be made available for researcher use. Prepares materials for shipment in the packing and unpacking of artifacts.

·         Conducts research to correctly identify artifacts with necessary information. Prepares detailed information for supervisor on the results of searches. Furnishes materials for researchers and replaces material into storage after use.  

·         Monitors the proper handling of materials by the researcher and while in storage. Maintains records and records location of all objects entering the museum. Maintains current records on objects in storage or exhibit. Assists in the transfer or disposal of artifacts.  

·         Recommends and participates in the revision of manuals, the revision of classification of objects for cataloging procedures. Monitors the typing of cataloging sheets and the proper filing of related materials.

·         Evaluates condition of artifacts and monitors the environments in storage and gallery areas. Performs minor technical treatment on artifacts with the approval of the supervisor.

·         Incumbent must appraise condition of objects in storage and make recommendations to the supervisor.   Incumbent must also be able to perform limited conservation treatment and devise improved methods of object preservation.   Incumbent must keep informed of new techniques in storage theory, conservation and museum preservation concepts.

·         Prepares artifacts for exhibit. Installs artifacts in museum exhibits.

·         Perform research within the holdings for themes, or documents and other materials relating to a specific topic, for use in a museum exhibit or to locate materials to be loaned to other museums or approved organization. Participates in the annual inventory process.



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GS-06 - Candidates must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.


Examples of specialized experience for this grade level include: Collections Management, registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, or conservation of collections of museum material, or other experience related to the position to be filled.


Substitution of Education for Experience: GS-6 level: One half year of graduate course work in a related field such as museum studies, U.S./American History, political science, government, etc., may be considered as qualifying for this position. 


Combination of Experience and Education:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience are also qualifying.  


Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management’s, Operating Manual:  Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions for further information




Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.   To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.   Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your possession of the required competencies.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position.  

The required Competencies for this position are as follows:


·          Problem Solving

·          Interpersonal Skills

·          Execution and Results

·          Customer Service

·          Utilizes Computer Technology

·          Conducts Inventory Reviews

·          Applies Knowledge of American History and Government


Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be assigned to one of three quality categories – Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.  Qualified veterans are placed ahead of non-veterans within each category.  Qualified veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or more are placed ahead of non-veterans in the best qualified category.


NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.



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NARA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information visit the following websites: or



Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Probationary Period:  You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


Veterans' Preference:   If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility (The member 4 copy of your DD-214, or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable).  If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see Veteran’s Information Page, USAJOBS - Veterans

VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011:  If you are an active duty service member of the armed forces, Public Law 112-56, ensures that certain individuals do not lose the opportunity to be considered for Federal service (and awarded their veterans’ preference entitlements if applicable) despite not having a DD form 214 to submit along with the application package (resume).  Service members must submit with their application a certification from the armed forces that certifies that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.  For more information on VOW, see Veteran’s Information page -

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program:  If you are an eligible ICTAP applicant you may apply for special selection consideration.  You must meet minimum qualifications, including selective factors, experience, and education requirements (if applicable), and be rated well-qualified for the position (i.e., receive a score of 85 or above based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire).  You must provide a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel actions form with your application.  More information: 



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


1.  Your Resume


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 Thursday, February 07, 2013


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 fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete the cover page using the following Vacancy ID 830670


Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


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 of this position.


If you cannot apply online:


1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire      View Occupational Questionnaire, and


2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and


3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documentation to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:


·       Resume - Relevant work experience must include: Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.

·       Responses to Occupational Questionnaire.

·       Copies of college transcripts - if substituting education for experience. "Unofficial" transcripts are acceptable (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required).

·       Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).

        Copies of a certification from the armed forces stating/certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of the certification is signed.



Denise G. Amsler
Phone: (314)801-0848
Fax: (314)801-0863
Agency Information:
Office of Human Capital
Staffing and Classification Br
1 Archives Drive - Room 370
St Louis, MO
63138-1002 Fax: (314)801-0863


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  We will review your résumé and transcript(s) (if appropriate) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.


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