Wood Crafter

Washington, D.C
Mar 24, 2023
Mar 25, 2023
Full Time

These temporary positions are established for the completion of an assigned project(s) requiring journey level commercial or industrial carpentry and wood crafting skills to install, reverse or replace metal doors, install metal framing, drywall, etc.

Positions will either be Day or Night. Shift will be decided upon selection. Hours may change due to Operational Needs of Management

Day Shift (4:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

Night Shift (8:00 PM - 4:30 AM)

Major Duties

Reviews blueprints and drawings provided, to assemble and/or re-manufacture parts and pieces of historic wood items or splice in new wood with old since the historic features of many Capitol Hill structures must be precisely recreated and/or modified to exact specifications.

Performs Journey level tasks with metal lath, plastering, block-work, framing with metal studs, drywall, acoustical ceiling, installing locks and elaborate wooden moldings and/or trim work. Constructs and repairs high grade wooden items including decorative wood work with intricate and detailed features.

Installs hollow metal doors, frames and hardware plumb and level. Adjusts door height and width. Installs, repairs and adjusts hydraulic or pneumatic door checks and door closers. Reverses the egress of metal doors and/or installs new doors.

Works from complete designs or sketches, to build concrete forms, (foundations, columns; wall forms beams, girders, catch basins, stairways, floor systems, stairways, walls, one-way joist construction, one-way slabs, two-way joist construction, waffle slab construction, curtain walls, composite constructions, boxed headers and beams, beam and girder framing, bolster beam and slabs, conductive flooring, composite flooring, dropped girders, grade beams, haunches floors, key-ways, L-beams and mushroom wales, sump holes).

Uses all standard power and hand tools required by a journey level carpenter including but not laminated too: Circular saws, hammer-drills, orbital sawzall, rotary hammers, driver/drills, electromagnetic drill motors, core drilling machines, magnum compound miter saw, portable electric band saws, screw shooters, routers, orbit finishing sanders & grinders, table saws, sheet finish sander, drill press, variable speed jig-saw, portable band saw, band saws, spiral saws, radial arm saws, lathes, bench grinder, machine hacksaw, laser levels, mortise tanners, machine planer, pro-plug, shapers, unisaw, electric welder, arc welders, plasma welders, jointures and butt chisel machine.

Makes and repairs high grade wooden items such as cabinetry, book shelves, stand-up desks, racks and other items, including decorative woodwork. These items have intricate, precise and fancy features and details such as curved and contoured surfaces, marquetry, book matched panels, scrollwork, friezes, inlays and complex joints.

Measures sizes of doors to be installed, measures and cuts openings in walls for door frames, cuts and saws materials for door jambs and lintels at the top of the frames and installs door frames. Hangs doors, installs doorknobs and hardware. Installs, adjusts and repairs door jamb catches and base molding.

Complies with all safety and health practices, OSHA regulations and wears required protective equipment.


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.

*** These positions are temporary in nature and are not to exceed 13 months. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved. These are positions that are subject to the project needs of the Agency. Therefore, the appointment could be terminated at any time due to shortage of work or shortage of funds without any advance notice. If project work continues however, it could be extended beyond the 13-month time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice. ***

"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 required for this position:

-- Ability to perform the work of a Wood Crafter without more than normal supervision.

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 http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

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.

Note: Please be advised that federal retired annuitant candidates may only be considered as a temporary employee if the role can be filled in that capacity.

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