Job Title: Museum Technician (Geology)Job Announcement Number: 14R-JW-299672A-NMNH
Agency: Smithsonian Institution
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/ Per Year
Friday, August 22, 2014 to
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full-Time, Temporary Not-To-Exceed 1 Year -
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
About the Agency
This position is located in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in the Preparation Laboratory in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. The purpose of the position is to facilitate the de-installation, the conservation, and the remounting of the fossil specimens on exhibit as part of the Paleontology Halls renovation.
- 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.
DUTIES:Back to top
1. Rehousing for Collections: Use of proper and accepted housing materials and techniques to create the safest storage environment for each element before it is permanently placed into the research collections.
2. Specimen De-installation and Staging: Proper and careful removal of fossil specimens from exhibit, including vertebrate mounts, and invertebrate and paleobotanical specimens. Initial stabilization needed to stage the exhibit specimens as they come off exhibit, as they are moved to any secondary storage areas, and as they are moved into work areas for dismantling, conservation, and remounting.
3. Dismantling and Conservation: Careful dismantling of exhibit vertebrate mounts, using proper tools and techniques, in the course of the overall conservation of their bones.
4. Outreach: Interacting with a diversity of individuals and groups including visitors, volunteers, amateur paleontologists, students and colleagues from this and other institutions. This may include locating particular specimens or collections for visiting researchers, and overseeing the actions of film crews, etc. in the exhibit areas.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Experience: One year of full-time experience at the grade 5 level that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. This experience includes activities such as preparing and replicating fossil vertebrate remains, maintaining and improving institutional holdings of fossil vertebrate remains; and monitoring volunteer projects involving the preparation of vertebrate fossils.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 techniques of the repair, conservation, and collection housing of fossil specimens to include the use of archival consolidants, adhesives, and housing materials.
- Knowledge of the construction and exhibitory of fossil vertebrate mounts and the hand tools used for this purpose.
- Knowledge of vertebrate anatomy, taxonomy and paleontological techniques. Ability to provide assistance and guidance to volunteer preparators and researchers in the lab and collections.
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. To preview questions please click here.