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    This position is located in the Smithsonian Institution, Under Secretary for Museums and Culture, National Museum of American History, Office of Curatorial Affairs, Collections Management Services, Preservation Services.  

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    The incumbent performs highly skilled work in the preservation, restoration and storage of museum artifacts. Objects treated may incorporate a wide range of different materials, such as metal, wood, paint, plastic, textiles, paper, and other organic and inorganic substances. 

    Will also perform the following duties: 

    • Prepares work plans and administrative documents necessary to carry out a variety of conservation projects.
    • Examines museum objects, such as fine and decorative arts, domestic objects, medical and scientific instruments and equipment, agricultural tools and machinery, industrial & manufacturing machines and tools, transportation related objects and vehicles, and any of the wide variety of artifacts that make up the 1.7 million objects in our collection.

    • Identifies the objects current condition and the nature and extent of treatment needed for their preservation, conservation, or restoration.

    • Prepares a written treatment proposal for the object which explains treatment objectives, methods and materials, and where relevant, explains possible alternative treatment procedures. 

    • Advises curators, technicians, exhibit design and production staff, and others, on the conservation needs of the collections being prepared for exhibition, loan, or storage. Works independently and with others to carry out conservation work related to such projects.
    • Participates in professional conferences and meetings to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of conservation.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613933000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.