Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2020
Oct 01, 2020
Full Time


The House Office Buildings seeks temporary Decorative Plasterers for the upcoming 117 th Congressional Moves. Temporary plasterers will begin approximately the 2nd week of November 2020 and terminate at the conclusion of the project. Since office moves are scheduled six days a week, overtime may be mandatory. The selectees will serve as journey level Plasterers and perform standard painting tasks when necessary.

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This Position is 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.
  • Removes old paint from interior walls, doors, baseboards, floors and trim. Scrapes, sandpapers or applies paint remover as needed to prepare surfaces for refinishing.
  • 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.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.



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)


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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the job elements for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following job elements and competencies:

--Ability to perform decorative plasterer duties and responsibilities without more than normal supervision.

--Knowledge of technical decorative plasterer practices.

--Ability to interpret decorative plasterer work instructions.

--Ability to perform decorative plasterer layout and measurement work.

--Knowledge of decorative plasterer materials.

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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