Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 22, 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.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 100 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 100 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 100.

We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.

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.

  • Applicants who meet or exceed the screen-out element will be assigned to one of two category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the screen-out element and excels in most of the job related elements above.
    Qualified Category - Meets the screen-out element, but does not satisfy most of the job related elements above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no veteran in that category is passed over to select a non-veteran in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Veterans who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the announcement questions will not be considered for this position.

    Important Note:

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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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.
    • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
    • 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.

    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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