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Job Title:  Facilities Services Worker
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14R-LG-299770-DEU-CHM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$18.68 to $21.81 / Per Hour
Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Thursday, September 4, 2014
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
FEW vacancies - New York, NY   View Map
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #14R-LG-299770-MPA-CHM.
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About the Agency

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


  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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.


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  • Performs maintenance of the museum's campus ensuring an overall pristine and polished area. Spot checks and corrects own work. Take ownership and initiative in completing work assignments.
  • Cleans/mops bathrooms, vacuums and cleans corridors/entrance ways, stairways and other important areas within the campus.
  • Performs snow, trash and other debris removal.
  • Perform special facilities management support including painting, protection of objects and other assignments as needed.
  • Work on a wide variety of facility management projects as request by his/her supervisor.
  • Works independently as well as part of a team. Communicates and provides excellent customer service to all staff members.
  • Serves as a rotating driver for the museum’s operating van (driving up to 15 staff/visitors to Newark, New Jersey from the main campus).


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In order to be rated qualified, an applicant's overall experience and training must indicate possession of the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

Physical Effort:
Work involves lifting and moving objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Moderately heavy physical effort is required in moving, setting up, and working from ladders and scaffolds.
Light to moderate physical effort is required in operating, turning, backing, and controlling vehicles which carry heavier loads due to the number of passengers. Moderate physical effort may be required in the handling of objects weighing up to 20 pounds and occasional handling of objects weighing up to 50 pounds

Work Conditions:
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all climate conditions. Work may require exposure to gas, smoke, dust, solvents. Incumbent is required to wear protective equipment when appropriate. Incumbent may be required to work extended hours, late evenings, holidays and weekends. Must agree to work overtime with proper notification.
Operates vehicles day or night in all types of traffic and weather conditions for all shifts. Operator is subject to cuts, bruises, and other injuries as a result of an accident while driving vehicles. If required, must agree to wear government provided uniform while operating vehicles.

Other Employment Conditions:
Must maintain a valid state drivers license and must maintain a good safety record while operating a Smithsonian vehicle.
Works a shift of 9:00AM to 5:30PM. Must be available weekends and have flexibility to work overtime as needed.
Serves as an essential employee during emergency weather conditions (or other unforeseen situations).


How you will be evaluated:

Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:

  1. Ability To Do The Work Of a Facilities Services Worker Without More Than Normal Supervision.
If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:

  1. Skill in the operation of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Knowledge of work practices (includes maintaining facilities in a neat, clean and orderly manner).
  3. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.
  4. Ability to Drive Safety (Motor vehicle).
  5. Ability to operate safely non-motor vehicles.
  6. Reliability and dependability as a Facilities Services Worker
Applicants who meet or exceed the screen-out element will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

Best Category - Meets the screen-out element and excels in most of the job related elements above.

Better Category - Meets the screen-out element and satisfies most of the job related elements above.

Good Category - Meets the screen-out element, but does not satisfy most of the job related elements 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-veterans within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no veteran in that category is passed over to select a non-veteran in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

Veterans 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 announcement 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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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.


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.


Linda Givens
Phone: 202-633-6307
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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