Position Announcement: Museum Technician, Cultural Resources Division, Chaco Cultural National Historic Park & The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

This position located in Chaco Cultural National Historical Park, in the Cultural Resources Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information. This is a Full-Time term position. Appointment to this/these position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed thirteen months, with possible extensions up to a total of four years without further competition.

Incumbent serves as Museum Technician for Chaco Culture National Historical Park. This position is in the Cultural Resources Division, and the duty station is in the park Museum Collection housed on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The museum collection is primarily archeological and archival. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Museum Curator. Packs and unpacks objects and processes them for storage or display. Performs routine research for catalog records as assigned. Identifies and labels objects by matching documentation, field labels, and field notes with objects. Catalogs identified objects and enters data into Interior Collections Management System (ICMS). Works with museum staff in implementation of museum maintenance and housekeeping schedules as well as integrated pest management plan. Incumbent performs routine cleaning of objects according to established standards. Responds to in-person, phone, and mail inquiries regarding the museum collection and assists NPS staff, visiting museum professionals, and researchers by locating, retrieving and obtaining information on museum collections. The work involves some standing, bending and lifting boxes weighing up to 40 pounds. This work is associated with the actual annual physical arranging, cataloging and inventorying of the collection. Includes long periods (several hours per day) of using a keyboard for data entry. Incumbent may be required to travel to the park (a distance of 150 miles, one-way) periodically for overnight stays to work on specific projects.
Area Information: The Museum Collection is a detached park unit housed in Albuquerque (population approximately 700,000) which is an urban area with considerable housing, educational, medical and cultural facilities. The University of New Mexico is located in the center of the city. Recreational opportunities are abundant. Elevation is approximately 5,000'; temperatures range from 20 degrees in winter to 100 degrees in summer. Park housing is not available.

Travel Required
25% or Greater


To qualify for this position at the GS-5 grade level, you must possess the of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: specialized experience involve work in a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, or conservation of collections of museum material, or other experience related to this position. You must include hours per week worked.
Education Substitution: Successful completion of at least four years of education above high school (120 semester hour or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field such as anthropology, archeology, museum studies or other courses related to this position. You must include transcripts with your application packet..
Specialized Experience/Education Substitution: Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. For example, six months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 12 semester hours of related coursework as specified above of which at least 3 semester hours were in directly-related subjects to the work of this position (50% of the related coursework required). You must include transcripts with your application packet..
Volunteer Experience: 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.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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