Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Facility Manager, Supreme Court Buildings and Grounds, Operations and Maintenance Division, Maintenance Branch-Night. The ideal candidate serves as Painter-Decorator and will be responsible for extraordinary, historical finishing and other projects involving historic colors, complex striping and designs. This is a night shift position with an alternate work schedule availability.

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Tour of Duty (Night)

Night Shift employees have the option of working (4) 10-hour work schedule. Third Shift work begins at 8:00 P.M.

This position is essential. The employee is required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather situations. Tour of duty may include holidays and weekends on a regular or recurring basis. Rotating shift work may also be required at management's discretion.

This is a Journey Level Painter-Decorator position (Decorative Painting Skills and Experience Must Be Reflected in the Applicant's Resume)

Major Duties Include

Preparation of Surfaces for Coating

Uses specialized skills and knowledge to prepare surfaces, inclusive of decorative surfaces or artwork for painting or restoration.

Removes old paint from corridors, stairwells, rooms and trim using solvents, scrapers, sandpaper or blowtorches. Removes old wallpaper using steam strippers. Fills holes and cracks with putty. Sands and evens out dents and scars to assure a smooth and level surface using sanders, scrapers, sandpaper, hand tools, wire brushes, and paint remover. Applies prime coat to surfaces. Uses resins and plastic compounds to prepare baseboards, doors, wooden floors and interior trim. Smooths other hard surfaces using abrasive compounds. Fills dents and treats surfaces with pre-coating agents.

Cuts and installs window and picture frame glass.

Erects scaffolding and ladders. Covers floors and non-movable furniture with drop cloths.

Application of Coating Materials

Performs painting duties such as prepares surfaces in preparation for coatings to be applied. Fills in holes and cracks using the appropriate putty fillers. Applies coatings to specified areas ensuring the surfaces are free from skips, runs, and drips. Applies coatings using brushes, rollers, and spray paint equipment. Prepares coating materials using guidelines set by the manufacturer, by tinting, toning, etching, blending, and mixing.

Uses measuring equipment (i.e., Zhan cup) to achieve the proper viscosity and thickness for applying the coatings. Applies prime, intermediate and final coats of semi-gloss, gloss and other paint, lacquer, enamel, varnish and shellac. Ensures that match, texture and appearance meet finish requirements.

Performs intricate painting and decorative work requiring skill to apply gold leaf or restore decorative surfaces. Applies paint, wallpaper and varnish to decorate, maintain, protect or restore interior and exterior surfaces.

Performs color glazing, graining, lettering, marbling, stenciling, stippling and striping. Repairs and restores painted areas and architectural features using artist brushes. Brushes, rolls or sprays paints, stains, varnishes and other finishes.

Matches color and texture of interior finishes where there is a requirement for an exact match with the original finish.

When required, provides guidance and instructions to contract painters assigned to a specific project for painting the building interior. May provide assistance to mix larger quantities of paints. Ensures that temporary painters are supplied with equipment, materials and tools.

Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. Utilizes knowledge of and complies with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Ensures the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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 do the work of a journey-level Painter-Decorator without more than normal supervision.


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

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 do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

--Technical Practices in painting techniques

--Skill in the use of painting tools & equipment

--Knowledge of painting materials and supplies

--Skill in ladder and scaffolding techniques to properly set up equipment

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

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

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

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

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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