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Subject: Position at the National Museum of the American Indian

Position at the National Museum of the American Indian

From: Emily Kaplan <kaplane>
Date: Monday, November 26, 2001
Museum Technician / Specialist
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of the American Indian
Vacancy Announcement Number: SI-DEU-MP-2033
Opening Date: 11/06/2001
Closing Date: 12/18/2001
Salary: $29,966 - $47,648 per year

Major Duties: This position is located in the National Museum of the
American Indian (NMAI), at the Cultural Resources Center (CRC),
Suitland, MD and is responsible for participating in the
organization, rehousing, storage, tracking, movement, computer
documentation, photography, packing, shipping and installation of
objects chosen for display in inaugural exhibits at NMAI's Mall
museum, and/or for illustration in publications or other media-based
efforts associated with the opening of the Mall museum.  The
incumbent analyzes immediate and long-term storage requirements,
advises on storage plans and approaches, and designs innovative
storage systems; prepares objects chosen for the Mall museum for
storage by applying appropriate preservation and rehousing methods;
assists in creating and maintaining the computerized database of
objects selected for the Mall museum exhibits, and uses barcoding
technology to shelve and track object movement; prepares objects for
transport to the Mall museum, and assists in installation; perform
collections management work, including technical and routine duties
in connection with museum's collections; and performs other duties
as assigned.

Qualifications Required: For the GS-7 level, candidates must have 1
year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 or 1
full academic year of related graduate level education or superior
academic achievement.  For the GS-9 level, candidates must have 1
year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 or 2
full years of progressively higher level related graduate education
or master's or equivalent graduate degree.  Education must
demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the
work. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are
qualifying. Specialized experience is experience related to the
operation or management of a museum or similar collection of
valuable objects.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience
include collections management, registration, cataloging, research,
preservation, restoration or conservation of collections of museum
material, other experience related to the position to be filled.

Knowledges, Skills and Abilities Required: Candidates must possess
the Selective Placement Factor to receive consideration for this
position and should address this in their statement of KSAs.

    1.  Knowledge of standard museum collection care practices, as
        demonstrated by experience in handling, rehousing/mounting,
        conservation, photography, tracking and shelving of a
        collection of ethnographic and archaeological objects.

    2.  Knowledge of standard exhibition practices related to
        installing museum objects, as demonstrated by experience in
        the installation of museum exhibits.

Basis of Rating: Applicants meeting basic eligibility requirements
will be rated and ranked on the knowledges, skills and abilities,
and other characteristics (KSA's) required to perform the duties of
the position.  Please review KSA's carefully.  Include in the
write-ups such things as experience in and out of Federal service
that gave you the specific knowledge, skill or ability; objectives
of your work; and evidence of your success (such as accomplishments,
awards received, etc.)

    1.  Skill in the use of packing and crating techniques for
        museum collections, including rigging techniques used for
        museum objects.

    2.  Knowledge of standard museum registration inventory

    3.  Skill in the use of computerized collections information
        systems databases.

    4.  Ability to use interpersonal communications skills to work
        with staff, contractors and consultants  in culturally
        appropriate movement and display of objects.

Pay, Benefits, and Work Schedule: Term appointment not to exceed 3
years.  Term may be extended at option of the agency.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal
payments made by Direct Deposit.

How to Apply: Applications must be received by the closing date of
the announcement to receive consideration.

    1.  The Smithsonian Institution does not require a standard
        application form, but we need certain information to
        evaluate your qualifications.  You may apply using a resume,
        the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612), or
        any other application form you choose, including an SF-171,
        Application for Federal Employment.  See page 3 for further
        instructions. (Note:  If you use an SF-171, do not answer
        questions 38-47.  Job finalists will be asked to complete a
        Declaration for Federal Employment to determine their
        suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a
        background investigation.)

    2.  Clearly describe in your resume or application your work
        experience, education and/or training as it relates to this
        vacancy.  It is very important the you fully address how
        your work experience and education/training meet both the
        specialized experience requirement and the selective
        factors.  This information will be used to determine whether
        or not you are qualified for this vacancy.  Selective
        factors establish qualifications to be eligible to compete
        for the position.  Quality Ranking Factors are not mandatory
        but are used to determine who are the highest qualified
        candidates among those eligible to compete for the position.
        Therefore, it is to your benefit to provide a full
        description of your experience and education/training
        relative to the job requirements of this vacancy. Applicants
        will be notified of the final action taken on their

Application packages must be submitted to the address below and must
be received by the closing date.


        Smithsonian Institution
        Office of Human Resources
        PO Box 50636
        Washington DC 20091
        Fax: 202-275-1114.

    Hand Deliver or FEDEX:

        750 Ninth Street N.W.
        Suite 6100
        Washington DC 20091

To obtain information on the Federal Hiring Process, hear about
other Smithsonian vacancies,  or request vacancy announcements, an
Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612), or an SF-171,
call our automated Jobline on 202-287-3102 (accessible 24 hours, 7
days a week).

For further information please call 202-275-0933 (voice) or
202-275-1110 (TTY).
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Submit your application package to:

    Smithsonian Institution
    Office of Human Resources
    PO Box 50636
    Washington DC 20091

The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:39
                Distributed: Tuesday, November 27, 2001
                       Message Id: cdl-15-39-022
Received on Monday, 26 November, 2001

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