Conservator (Objects)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 12, 2017
Closes
Jul 28, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), which is responsible for monitoring the condition of and treating works of art in the SAAM collection as well as educating the public on the importance of conservation. Work is performed in a glass-walled lab visible to the public and shared with the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), and staff participate in tours and education efforts to promote the importance of conservation. Incumbent serves as one of a team of conservators and specializes in the treatment of one of the following categories: paintings, works on paper, or sculpture and other objects.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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.
  • You may qualify for this position if you possess the Selective Factor and Specialized Experience below:

    All applicants must meet the Selective Factor Requirements: (You application must show written evidence of this requirement)

    SELECTIVE FACTOR: Ability to examine and treat three-dimensional, museum-quality artworks according to AIC (American Institute for Conservation) guidelines.


    Experience GS-11:You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.

    For this position Specialized experience is defined as using diagnostic tools such as X-rays, UV, and microscopes to examine and evaluate the condition of three-dimensional art objects in a variety of media; documenting condition and developing treatment plans for artworks; performing conservation treatments according to AIC standards; and advising on safe storage, handling and display requirements.

    Experience GS-12: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.

    For this position Specialized experience is defined as using advanced diagnostic tools such as digital x-radiography, 3D digital video microscopy, and other forms of analytical instrumentation to examine and evaluate the condition of materials used in three-dimensional art objects in a variety of media; documenting condition and developing treatment plans for artworks; performing conservation treatments according to AIC standards; and advising on safe storage, handling and display requirements.

    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.

    Education may only be combined or substitued at the GS-11 level:

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related

    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 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.

    For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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    DUTIES:

    • Performs technical examinations of works of art to identify materials and determine condition, deterioration and need for treatment.
    • Documents work with written reports, photographs and other data as appropriate.
    • Makes recommendations regarding potential acquisitions.
    • Performs conservation operations on artworks which suffer from damage and deterioration; works towards achieving structural soundness and preserving of original materials.
    • Works with staff to see that museum routines promote preservation in all activities; advise staff, scholars and the public as a way to promote conservation awareness.
    • Investigates and monitors potential hazards to art, workspace and people that may result from unfavorable environmental conditions, human neglect or carelessness.
    • Keeps informed of current developments in own area of conservation.
    • Participates in outreach activities at the Lunder Conservation Center including clinics, tours.