NASM- One Year Contract

Posted on Jul 11, 2014


NASM The Smithsonian Institution has a requirement for the services of a conservation professional to perform artifact condition assessments, documentation, treatments and treatment reports for the Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection at the National Air and Space Museum.  The position will be for a not-to-exceed 12 month period.  All work will be performed in the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

The Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection is a new acquisition assembled by Evelyn Way Kendall.  This rich international collection contains hundreds of artworks, artifacts, books and documents related to human ventures in flight.  While encompassing early mechanized aviation, the heart of the collection captures the history and artistic depiction of lighter-than-air craft, from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries.  The collection holds a wide range of art prints, including ballooning scenes, portraits of aeronauts, and designs for lighter-than-air craft; original paintings and drawings; historic photographs of significant events in ballooning and aviation history, including the Wright brothers and other aviation pioneers and an array of objects with ballooning or aviation motifs, such as china, decorative boxes, fans, jewelry, commemorative medallions, furnishings and textiles.

Salary Range: $52,146 to $67,787 per year.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: For this position, specialized knowledge is defined as work performing condition assessments and remedial conservation treatments on a range of historic objects and works of art.  Experience with paper artifacts, including prints, drawings and photographs is an additional desired skill set.

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  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.

Or Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree related to the position.  Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

EEO Policy-The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and letter of interest to Malcolm Collum at