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Museum Curator

Department Of The Interior
Cainhoy, South Carolina
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type
This position is located in Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, in the Integrated Resource Division.

Open to the first 50 applicants or until 09/28/2023 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

This position provides overall professional and technical direction for the museum collection program for Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, Congaree National Park, Moores Creek National Battlefield, as well as other parks in the Southeast Region. This position plans for and develops recommendations for programming priorities of all museum management functions and ensures that NPS and professionally recognized procedures are applied in all operations. The collections cover any one or a combination of disciplines, including archeology, ethnology, history, archives, biology, geology, and paleontology.

This position consults with all divisions to assure the park's compliance with legislative requirements and NPS policy dealing with preservation of museum objects and as required, with other cultural and natural resource management concerns. As appropriate and in compliance with law and policy, consults with cultural groups (e.g., tribes) on the management of collections in which they have an interest.

This position ensures development and implementation of all required museum collection programs and plans in compliance with the NPS museum property accountability rules and procedures as described in NPS-28 Cultural Resources Management Guideline, NPS-77 Natural Resources Management Guideline, NPS Museum Handbook, and other publications as applicable.

As a Museum Curator, you will perform the following duties:
  • Providing professional and technical direction for the museum collection programs for Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, and Congaree National Park.
  • Planning and developing recommendations for programming priorities of museum management functions.
  • Maintaining records and documentation for museum collections.
  • Planning and implementing curatorial procedures for on-site and outside exhibits.
  • Conducting research to identify and/or authenticate museum objects.
  • Maintaining proper preservation, security and fire protection, and collection storage conditions.
  • Managing an integrated pest management program.
  • Conducting presentations in parks, public gatherings, and professional meetings.
  • Consulting with the resources division and support office cultural and natural resources personnel to ensure that compliance and long-term preservation concerns related to the historic structures, archeological sites, and natural components within the unit are properly considered as they relate to museum management.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-09/28/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 for each federal position listed as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of qualifying experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. Failure to adequately provide information needed to determine number of hours worked in each position may result in that time not being credited when evaluating qualifying experience.

For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.


DEGREE: Successful completion of a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in museum work or applicable subject-matter field (e.g., archaeology, anthropology, history, or similar area of cultural resources management).


COMBINATION of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


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


In addition to meeting one of the basic qualification requirements listed above, applicants must also have specialized experience and/or directly related education, as outlined below:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is defined as: ensuring compliance with legislative requirements on the preservation of museum objects; completing and maintaining museum documentation (i.e., museum catalog records); sorting, analyzing, identifying, and processing museum collections; and conducting collections research on museum materials. You must include hours per week worked.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three-years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in museum work or applicable subject-matter field (e.g., archaeology, anthropology, history, or similar area of cultural resources management). You must include a copy of your transcripts.


COMBINATION of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Combination of successfully completed graduate-level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. To compute this percentage, first divide the total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide the number of completed progressively higher-level graduate semester hours of education (that are in excess of 36 semester hours) by 36. Add the two percentages together; the total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of more than two-years may be used to qualify for this position. You must include a copy of your transcripts.

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.

ICTAP/CTAP Statement: Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all competencies. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible. If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

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