Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Smithsonian Facilities (SF), Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR). The incumbent for this position serves under the general supervision of the Crafts General Maintenance and Operations Supervisor. The employee provides protective and/or decorative painting, final coat(s), furniture finishing work, staining, restoring and graining work throughout the facilities, including exhibition spaces, of the Smithsonian Institution.

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  • Provides protective and/or decorative painting, final coat(s), furniture finishing work, staining, restoring and graining work throughout the facilities, including exhibition spaces.
  • Prepares surfaces for new coating materials by removing the old finish (if one exists) using such methods as sanding with an electric sander, scraping, brushing, steel wool, paint remover, burning or chemicals.
  • Prepares coating materials by tinting, toning, matching, blending and mixing in various additives to achieve the desired colors/tones/shades of the coating materials
  • Performs majority of work in exhibition spaces where artifacts are displayed or will be displayed; incumbent must undertake a great deal of care, while performing the work at a rate which will meet specified deadlines which are generally nonnegotiable as they relate to exhibition-opening or programmatic or operation opening dates.
  • Applies a variety of coating materials such as paints, shellac, varnishes, enamels, lacquers, stains, bonding agents, precoating materials, epoxy resins and other materials, as necessary.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent prepares and coats surfaces from ladders, scaffolds, and platforms, and where the surfaces to be coated are in cramped and hard-to-reach places. When working on scaffolding or ladders, must use extreme care to avoid accidents; incumbents are subject to the danger of falling when working in high places or on slippery surfaces. Frequently handles objects weighing up to 10 pounds, and occasionally over 40 pounds; other employees or machinery assists with very heavy items. Work involves considerable climbing, standing, walking, crawling, kneeling, bending, stooping and working in tiring and uncomfortable, and possibly repetitive, positions. Must have the ability to distinguish basic shades of colors. Eyesight should be excellent, either natural or corrected.

Working Conditions: Work is performed inside and outside the Smithsonian facilities. Incumbent is exposed to paint and solvent fumes, dust, noise, and moving parts of machinery. Incumbent is required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (such as masks or breathing apparatus) and clothing that may be heavy and uncomfortable. The incumbent is frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts and bruises, and possibly strains, sprains or broken bones from accidents.

Additional Requirement: Must have a valid state driver's license to allow transporting materials, equipment or staff to job sites.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

For information on the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations, see OPM's web site at


In order to be rated qualified, an applicant's overall experience and training must indicate possession of the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

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.


Additional information

Flexible Spending Accounts -
Health Insurance -
Leave -
Life Insurance -
Long Term Care Insurance -
Retirement Program -

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

How you will be evaluated:

Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:
  • Ability to do the work of a painter without more than normal supervision, patiently matching, timing, toning, and blending coats materials and in combining agents, e.g., catalysts, drying agents and retardants.

  • If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:
  • Knowledge of construction practices and of structural components.
  • Knowledge of technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).
  • Ability to interpreting instructions, specifications, etc. (other than blueprints).
  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment related to painting.
  • Knowledge of materials used in performing the work.
  • Ability to Operate with dexterity and safety.

  • BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): If you are applying for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran and must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
    • Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments
    • Hiring Authorities for Veterans
    • People with Disabilities

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Your application package should include the following documents:
    • Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.
    • USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
    • A copy of your most recent SF-50 which shows your position title, series, grade, step, salary, position occupied, and tenure to verify Time-in-Grade/competitive status. If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade and/or have promotion potential to the grade being advertised. Do NOT submit award SF-50s.
    • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
    • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
    • A recent performance evaluation
    • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA
    • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration.
    • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order.
    • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.

    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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