Washington, D.C
May 24, 2022
May 25, 2022
Full Time

Tour of Duty (Night)

Night Shift employees have the option of working (4) 10-hour work schedule. Third Shift work begins at 8:00 P.M.

This position is essential. The employee is required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather situations.

Tour of duty may include holidays and weekends on a regular or recurring basis. Rotating shift work may also be required at management's discretion.

This is a Journey Level Painter-Decorator position (Decorative Painting Skills and Experience Must Be Reflected in the Applicant's Resume)

Major Duties Include

Preparation of Surfaces for Coating

Uses specialized skills and knowledge to prepare surfaces, inclusive of decorative surfaces or artwork for painting or restoration.

Removes old paint from corridors, stairwells, rooms and trim using solvents, scrapers, sandpaper or blowtorches. Removes old wallpaper using steam strippers. Fills holes and cracks with putty. Sands and evens out dents and scars to assure a smooth and level surface using sanders, scrapers, sandpaper, hand tools, wire brushes, and paint remover. Applies prime coat to surfaces. Uses resins and plastic compounds to prepare baseboards, doors, wooden floors and interior trim. Smooths other hard surfaces using abrasive compounds. Fills dents and treats surfaces with pre-coating agents.

Cuts and installs window and picture frame glass.

Erects scaffolding and ladders. Covers floors and non-movable furniture with drop cloths.

Application of Coating Materials

Performs painting duties such as prepares surfaces in preparation for coatings to be applied. Fills in holes and cracks using the appropriate putty fillers. Applies coatings to specified areas ensuring the surfaces are free from skips, runs, and drips. Applies coatings using brushes, rollers, and spray paint equipment. Prepares coating materials using guidelines set by the manufacturer, by tinting, toning, etching, blending, and mixing.

Uses measuring equipment (i.e., Zhan cup) to achieve the proper viscosity and thickness for applying the coatings. Applies prime, intermediate and final coats of semi-gloss, gloss and other paint, lacquer, enamel, varnish and shellac. Ensures that match, texture and appearance meet finish requirements.

Performs intricate painting and decorative work requiring skill to apply gold leaf or restore decorative surfaces. Applies paint, wallpaper and varnish to decorate, maintain, protect or restore interior and exterior surfaces.

Performs color glazing, graining, lettering, marbling, stenciling, stippling and striping. Repairs and restores painted areas and architectural features using artist brushes. Brushes, rolls or sprays paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes.

Matches color and texture of interior finishes where there is a requirement for an exact match with the original finish.

When required, provides guidance and instructions to contract painters assigned to a specific project for painting the building interior. May provide assistance to mix larger quantities of paints. Ensures that temporary painters are supplied with equipment, materials and tools.

Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. Utilizes knowledge of and complies with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Ensures the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.

"To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States."


You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.
  • Ability to do the work of a journey-level Painter-Decorator without more than normal supervision.

Your application must show that you have sufficient training and/or experience to perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.