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Subject: Position at National Museum of Natural History

Position at National Museum of Natural History

From: Natalie Firnhaber <firnhaber.natalie>
Date: Friday, May 7, 2004
When applying, please include the announcement number: 04AD-1143.

For the full application procedure, go to

This is not a federal position

Opening Date: May 03, 2004
Closing Date: June 01, 2004

Loan Conservator
National Museum of Natural History
Department of Anthropology
Salary: $43,621 to $56,707pa
(ANT 0408)

Duty Location: Suitland, MD

Area of Consideration: All candidates may apply including
individuals with a disability. The Smithsonian provides reasonable
accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a
reasonable accommodation for the application/hiring process, please
call 202-275-1102 (voice) or 202-275-1110 (TTY).

Duties: Serves as loan conservator for the Anthropology Conservation
Laboratory (ACL) and acts as a liaison with Departmental staff
members regarding loan exhibition work. Participates in any
conservation activity, including: involvement in loan planning and
budget proposals, reviewing facility reports, making condition
assessments of objects and writing condition reports, advising on
safe materials for use in transport and performing laboratory tests
when necessary to determine, maintain and monitor environmental
requirements for collections on loan, on exhibit, or in transit, and
deciding on appropriate equipment to purchase and install to meet
those needs. Serves as conservator for the ACL and has the
responsibility for performing the full range of activities
associated with the preservation and conservation of anthropological

Qualifications: Applicants must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized
experience is defined as experience which has equipped the applicant
with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform
successfully the duties of the position, and which is typically in
or related to the work of the position as described above.
Applicants may also qualify if they posses a Ph.D. or equivalent
doctoral degree, or three (3) full years of progressively
higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M.,
if related. A combination of qualifying education and experience may
be used to meet the qualification requirements.

Selective Factors: (In addition to the QUALIFICATIONS above,
applicants must meet all of these mandatory requirements in order to
be considered qualified to compete for a position.)

Knowledge of the theories, practices, methods, and techniques of
conservation treatment and documentation of anthropological objects
and the ability to apply them to the preservation and exhibition of
anthropological objects. Knowledge of material science and
technology and organic and inorganic chemistry relative to the
conservation and/or preservation of composite objects. Skill in the
use of laboratory equipment to include a variety of hand tools,
cameras, and microscopes.

Quality Ranking Factors: (These factors are not mandatory to be
considered for a position, but will be used to determine who are the
highest qualified candidates among those who meet the selective

    1.  Ability to coordinate complex and multi-faceted conservation

    2.  Ability to plan, prepare, install, pack, and courier

    3.  Ability to plan and prepare budgets for a variety of loan
     conservation projects. Ability to communicate orally and in
     writing and to effectively collaborate with museum staffs with
     differing backgrounds and specializations.

    5.  Knowledge of computer data base programs and spreadsheets.

Note: Relocation expenses may be paid at the discretion of the

How to Apply:

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, 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. The information on this form
is used to determine suitability for Trust Fund employment and to
authorize a background investigation, if required.) Clearly describe
in your resume or application your work experience, education and/or
training as it relates to this vacancy. It is very important that
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
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. The attached Background Survey
Questionnaire should be completed by all candidates, except
Smithsonian Institution employees, and returned with the
application. This form is for gathering statistical data and will
not be a part of the application.

Applications must be received by the closing date and may be
submitted in the following ways:


    Smithsonian Institution
    Office of Human Resources
    PO Box 50638
    Washington DC 20091
    Fax: 202-275-1114

Hand deliver, FedEx or other overnight delivery:

    750 9th Street, NW Suite 6100
    Washington, DC 20560.

To obtain information on the Trust Fund 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 202-275-1102 (voice) or
202-275-1110 (TTY).

Smithsonian Institution
Office of Human Resources

                  Conservation DistList Instance 17:69
                  Distributed: Wednesday, May 12, 2004
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Received on Friday, 7 May, 2004

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