New job Exhibit Specialist (3D Studio) in Maryland

Exhibit Specialist (3D Studio)

Company : US Smithsonian Institution
Salary : $72,750 - $94,581 a year
Location : Maryland

Full Description



This position is located in Smithsonian Exhibits (SIE), Smithsonian Institution In Landover, Maryland. The incumbent will perform a full range of production and related tasks in the preparation and installation of museum exhibitions of a complex nature, each with unique challenges including specialized techniques and unique materials.


  • Working with project managers, designers, curators, and other diverse museum professionals, the specialist accepts responsibility for his/her part in the production of a given project, and at many times, works in a team setting.
  • Working from conceptual ideas, scale layouts, detailed design drawings, or files, the incumbent prepares and produces finished exhibit components.
  • The incumbent utilizes a wide variety of materials such as plastics, epoxies, adhesives, plaster, clay, wood, wood, composites, laminates, metals. Using knowledge of materials and their applications, the incumbent determines the most appropriate technique and approach for each assignment, selecting the most appropriate materials while using a high degree of technical and artistic skill to accomplish the task.
  • Work includes researching and identifying proper materials; assisting in the estimating of the project; providing feedback on designs and/or drawings submitted; specifying and/or ordering supplies; directing the work of others or acting as point person during the course of a specific project; and representing the department as needed.
  • The incumbent may detail the components or submitted digital files using a variety of computer 3D scanning/manipulation software or CAD/CAM software.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

11 - FPL-GS11

  • Job family (Series)

    1010 Exhibits Specialist

  • Requirements


    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.

    Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

    For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at


    Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as serving as in an exhibit specialist executing complex museum exhibit projects through the pre-production, fabrication and installation phases; mentoring, overseeing, and integrating CAD/CAM software and techniques into fabrication process workflow.

    Or Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related to illustrative design, commercial art, fine arts, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, or other fields related to the position

    Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

    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.

    Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

    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 detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    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.

    Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

    • Ability to prepare and produce finished exhibit components from conceptual ideas, scale layouts, detailed design drawings, or files.
    • Knowledge of and skill in applying appropriate metal, metal alloy, Plexiglas plastic, wood or exotic raw materials sufficient to achieve required result and objective.

    • Knowledge of and skill in design, visual arts, materials, methods and tools to construct unique one-of-a-kind devices, displays or exhibits sufficient to work as a team member in the creation and production of a broad range of exhibit elements.
    • Ability to interpret design and shop detail drawing packages, scopes of work and technical specifications for exhibits and manage stock materials and purchasing schedule for project materials.
    • Knowledge and skill in a variety of computer applications, printers, graphic software programs, layout (such as CAD, Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and onyx etc.,).

    Important Note:

    Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

    • Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.
    • Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.
    • Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies 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-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles 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 vacancy 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

    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.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #21R-BY-306256-MPA-SIE. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

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