The Museum Technician (Art Handler) is a critical member of the Registrar Team, carrying out the museum technician and art handling duties for the Museum and its off-site storage. Reports to the Head of Registrar:

• Safely handles, packs, and installs irreplaceable works of art and to ensure that CHSDM and lender requirements are met while keeping meticulous records and reports of in-coming and out-going objects.
• Installs and handles objects for exhibitions (including offsite exhibitions).
• Handles art objects from the collection which includes paper objects, textiles or 3D objects such as jewelry, ceramics, porcelains, glass or metalwork and works with Off- site Registrar and Conservation to safely pack objects for transport to and from Newark.
• Drafts condition reports, installation guides and packing notes that are clear and easy to follow.
• Generates a wide range of reports and information using Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel and Outlook and The Museum System (TMS) or its equivalent.

Please address qualification requirements and vacancy questions (below) within your resume.
Selective Factor: Ability to handle objects safely and efficiently, with an understanding of the materials that make up objects within a design museum collection and how these materials may react with installation or packing materials.
Basic Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as installation/de-installation of art objects for exhibitions, independently handling art objects for exhibitions and loans, and preparing purchase orders, loan agreements and condition reports.
Knowledge of museum registration methods and collections management practices.
Knowledge of art handling to pack and unpack objects according to museum standards.
Ability to perform administrative work, such as condition reports, installation guides and packing notes.
Skill in using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) software and familiarity with using an automated museum collections management system.

$54,576 – $70,948 per year (Grade 7)
The Smithsonian uses the General Schedule (GS) pay scale for Federally funded positions. This is a Federally funded position at Grade 07 / Step 1 to step 10.

• The permanent duty station is 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128 and Newark, NJ.

• The permanent duty station is 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128 and Newark, NJ.

• This is not a telework or remote position.

Because this is a federally funded position. Applicants are required to apply on line at USAJOBS:
Application Deadline is: Friday, December 01, 2023

• Pass Pre-employment Background Check and Subsequent Background Investigation
• Complete a Probationary Period
• Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.
• The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. is not required to apply.

The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the point-of-contact listed in the “How To Apply” section above. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. To learn more, please review the Smithsonian’s Accommodation Procedures.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. See Smithsonian EEO program information:

The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors, and political affiliation.