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Job Title:  Museum Technician (Aeronautics)
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  13R-JW-298502-DEU-NASM

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

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$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.



This position is located in the Collections Processing Unit of the Collections Division, Collections and Research Department, National Air and Space Museum (NASM).  The unit 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.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


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  • Assists with cleaning, assembly, disassembly, wrapping, protecting, preserving, and storing artifacts.
  • Handles the movement of artifacts from storage for restoration/ preservation/ conservation, study, exhibit, or loan.
  • Assists staff members and visiting researchers in obtaining information from specimens by cleaning, assembly, disassembly, photographing, or moving as required.
  • Maintains, updates, enhances, and creates records within the NASM databases ensuring that appropriate Collections Information System and photographic records are completed.
  • Assists the curatorial departments and the Office of the Registrar with the inventory project, coordinating paperwork activity as needed, retrieving objects, and returning them.


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Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-05 grade level that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. This experience includes activities working with aeronautical and space artifacts such as: airplanes, aircraft engines, helicopters, air and space craft models, satellites, spacecraft, missiles, space suits, uniforms, guns, and cannons; caring for and cleaning; cataloging; creating and enhancing digital collections and other  metadata records; utilizing collection database to assist with digital assets management; preparing, compiling, and transmitting reports; and performing collections processing by assisting in: packing, handling, moving, and storing of aforementioned types of artifacts by utilizing equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, and dollies; disassembling, assembling, loading, unloading, securing, crating, cradling, or creating containers/mounts for artifacts. 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: 1 full academic year of related graduate level education or superior academic achievement may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. 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/or 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.


CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Must have a valid driver’s license and must obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License within the probationary period and maintain it thereafter.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of accepted museum collections management methodology and practices related to small, medium, and large aeronautical and space related artifacts.
  • Knowledge of museum object handling and storage standards for a widely varied aeronautical and space artifact collection.
  • Ability to use specialized computer programs to input artifact related data into the collections information database.
  • Skill in the use of stationary and power hand tools used in the preservation, storage, moving, or transporting of artifacts
  • Skill in operating material handling equipment, such as forklifts; scissor lifts; Aerial Work Platforms and similar equipment.
  • Ability to communicate in writing for the purpose of writing and documenting physical descriptions of artifacts or digital material in accordance with procedures and established standards and communicating with staff within and outside the unit.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. 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.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
  • 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.


Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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