Decorative Plasterer

Washington, D.C
Jun 21, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
Full Time

These Positions are Temporary


Journey Level Experience is required for the Position.

Tours of Duty:

Day Shift: (6:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.)

Evening Shift (4:00 P.M. - 12:30 A.M.)

Night Shift (9:30 P.M. - 6:00 A.M.)

*Shift work may change due to the Operating Needs of the Agency.

Major Duties

Surface Preparation and Plastering Work
  • Performs decorative maintenance and repair on unusual and unique historical plaster walls, ceilings, cornices, and moldings in the House Office Buildings to a paint ready surface. Plasters metal, wood or gypsum lathe, wallboard, and masonry surfaces. Repairs and patches plaster and stucco surfaces.
  • Installs lathing and other bases necessary for plastering. Mixes plaster to specified consistency and spreads or sprays over lathe or other base. Smoothens plaster with proper tools; attains uniform thickness, roughens undercoat to bond succeeding coats of plaster; and marks with a brush or other tools to create a decorative texture in finished coats.
  • Measures and straightens corners, angles, and wall land ceiling surfaces; prepares corner beading panel moldings, ceiling centers and other plaster fittings; conceals joints and nail holes with wet plaster or sealing compounds and smoothens them using wet brushes and sand paper; and matches existing finishes, including most textures.
  • Tapes, blocks & finishes new drywall. Patches holes in existing drywall walls. Sands new & old drywall walls to a paint ready surface.
  • Follows OSHA regulations & wears the correct PPE at all times. Attends safety classes and training to reinforce the awareness in safety and hazards.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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 perform decorative plasterer work without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out Factor)

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.


There are no educational requirements for this position.

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 OPM vet guide

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.