Staff Curator (Museum Management)

Washington, D.C
Oct 03, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Full Time

  • The incumbent contributes to these missions by managing the BIA Museum Property Program and overseeing BIA's responsibilities under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
  • This position serves as BIA's coordinator on all matters pertaining to the Museum Property Program and NAGPRA and is located at the organizational level above those where collections are maintained.
  • The incumbent implements policy and procedures to fulfill BIA's responsibility for accountability and curation.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Form BIA -4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
  • THE PAY FLEXIBILITIES OF THE RECRUITMENT BONUS or RELOCATION BONUS may be authorized pending availability of funds and management approval.


EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for Museum Curator Series, GS-1015).


A. Degree: museum work; or an applicable subject matter field, from an accredited college or university.
B. Combination of education and experience in courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.
C. Four years of related experience that provided knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional museum work comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of the 4-year course of study as described in A above.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:

GS-12: I have at least one year of specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-11 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). Specialized experience is work that involved museum curatorial or collections management including but not limited to: using a professional museum collections management database to thoroughly document museum collections; maintaining safe and secure storage systems to house museum collections; completing loan, accessioning, and other museum documentation; moving museum objects using proper handling techniques; maintaining an environmental monitoring and housekeeping program; identifying and documenting conservation needs; completing condition assessments; researching museum objects; conducting work to meet regulatory requirements of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); and preparing reports summarizing museum management activities. Experience may have been gained in a museum, college or university, historical society, or other setting that involves working with collections of museum objects or specimens requiring specialized care and handling.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2022 Salary Tables here and select the duty station from the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Washington, District of Columbia to choose the appropriate pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart.

The full performance level of this position is GS-12.

TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: .

Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: ; Vets Info Guide: .

Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.