Museum Technician (Zoology)

Washington D.C.
Jul 13, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology. The primary duty station is the Museum Support Center (MSC) located in Suitland, MD, the storage location for the majority of the Invertebrate Zoology collections. Work will also be conducted at the Natural History Building (NHB), Washington DC, the storage location for part of the Invertebrate Zoology collections.

  • Not Required

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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of full-time experience at the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. For this position specialized experience is defined as maintaining collections of invertebrates in a systematic arrangement, using computer software applications to manage data in a museum or science-based organization, vetting specimen data against a variety of data sources, preparing and using fixatives and preservatives, packing and shipping (domestic and International) Congress on the International Trade of Endangered Species CITES and non-CITES specimens preserved in flammable liquids.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

    Or Education: One full year of graduate level education related to the position or Superior Academic Achievement may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.

    Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

    Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

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    • Collections Care – Participates in managing and maintaining the NMNH Department of Invertebrate Zoology collection and associated records in any of its storage locations.
    • Accessions – Processes incoming specimens and collections of specimens (including fluid-preserved specimens, dry specimens, slide preparations and tissues) and associated data to prepare them for incorporation into the departmental collections.
    • Specimen Handling and Preparation – Incorporates specimens into the type and general research collections or collection holding areas and maintains those collections in usable, systematic order, or other arrangement as directed.
    • Loans – Selects, packs, invoices, and ships specimens from the collection to be loaned according to NMNH and Department of Invertebrate Zoology policy.
    • Pest Management – Participates in the Department’s Integrated Pest Management Program, which may involve visual inspection of the collection for pests, cleaning storage units that have been treated for pests, or setting and collecting/reading sticky traps.
    • Digitization and Data Management – Uses a variety of cameras, scanners and image editing software to prepare digital images of specimens.

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