SALARY RANGE: $74,827.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 to Tuesday, October 23, 2012
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1015-12/13
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens


The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.



The Interior Museum was created in 1937 to present exhibitions on the activities and missions of the Department and its bureaus. The Interior Museum collects objects appropriate for promoting understanding of the Department’s activities. The Museum preserves artifacts and documents related to the history of the Department’s activities and the architecture of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.


If selected, you will be working for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Interior Museum in Washington, DC


This vacancy is also announced as OS-TR-12-MM762213 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be authorized.
  • Travel is not required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.



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In this position you will be responsible for the following:


·         Conducts independent research on the Interior Museum’s permanent collection to be added to the Museum’s records and used for exhibitions.

·         Proposes objects for acquisition into or removal from the museum collection.

·         Proposes and develops exhibition topics.

·         Ensures completeness and accuracy of all published information associated with the exhibition including website, catalogues, brochures, installation graphics and wall text.

·         Represent the Interior Museum on Bureau task groups relating to cultural resources or museum management.




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Minimum Qualification Requirements:


ALL APPLICANTS:  To qualify for this vacancy, you must meet both the Education Requirement(s) and the Specialized Experience Requirement(s) for the position.


1. Education Requirement:  All applicants MUST meet one of the following to meet the education requirement for this position:


  1. Degree:  Museum studies/work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.


  1. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  1. Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown in A above.


Specialized Experience Statement:


To qualify for the GS-12, all applicants must possess at least 1 full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Specialized experience is experience gained in a research environment. Specialized experience is defined as:


  • Conducting scholarly research for publication



  • Planning and developing museum exhibitions



  • using automated database management systems for documenting and tracking museum collections




To qualify for the GS-13, all applicants must possess at least 1 full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12). Specialized experience is experience gained in a research environment. Specialized experience is defined as:


  • Managing or in a leadership role in the development of museum exhibitions
  • administering a museum program to include acquisition, cataloging, accountability, storage, and conservation

Conducting scholarly research for publication

  • Planning and developing museum exhibitions
  • using automated database management systems for documenting and tracking museum collections


Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website:




Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:




Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran’s preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran’s preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.




Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement


Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (Online Questionnaire) will be made. 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 for this position.  Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Conducting research in a museum setting



  • Writing exhibition content and developing exhibitions



  • Collections in a museum setting





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Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.


If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.


Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.


If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran’s preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.


A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.




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