Job Posting – Architect (Conservator) – National Park Service (Washington, DC)

Architect (Conservator) – NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent
Posting Closes Wednesday: 5/18/2016
Salary Range: $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0808-11/12

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.

This position is also being advertised for candidates with Merit Promotion eligibility (Status Candidates). It can be found on www.usajobs,gov. Search for Vacancy Announcement number NPS-NCR-NAMA-1693664-LRE or by title/series and location.
This position is located in the Division of Resource Management at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC.
Officially established in 1965, the National Mall and Memorial Parks contains some of the oldest park lands in the National Park Service. The sprawling lands of National Mall and Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street. The National Mall is the continuation of that space where congressionally authorized park icons, such as the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials stand. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and the Capitol Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes some 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces, all of which serve as the nation’s front yard. Ford’s Theatre, the House where Lincoln Died, Potomac Park, Old Post Office Tower, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS are also among the park managed areas that constitute National Mall and Memorial Parks.
The Architect (Conservator) serves as supervisor of a statue preservation team, and directs a conservation program working with 19th and 20th century historical structures such as monuments, sculptures, statuary and fountains as well as newly constructed commemorative objects.
This position has promotion potential to the target grade of GS-12. You may be promoted to the next higher grade without further competition when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion to the next higher grade is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the above criteria. Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.
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The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Directly supervise the park’s preservation crew
  • Train and manage staff for “in situ” application of conservation treatments to historic architecture
  • Perform conservations treatments on architectural fabrics “in situ”
  • Contribute on team-based park preservation projects
  • Make regular inspections of monuments to monitor conditions, gather information and make recommendations for project scope and priority to develop projects for special funding
  • Develop innovative preservation solutions, specifications and conservation techniques
  • Prepare conservation designs and scopes of work
  • Create written technical reports on findings
  • Develop maintenance manuals for large scale monuments

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is sedentary when in the office during review and research activities and supervisory responsibilities. For site investigations and treatment testing and execution, work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, considerable walking, and climbing such as required in periodic construction activities, field inspections, or to observe work operations in cold (below 30 degrees) or hot/humid (above 85 degrees) temperatures.WORK ENVIRONMENT: Most work is performed in an office environment or outdoors in park sites. Work performed outdoors will occur under varying and extreme climatic conditions. Various hazardous conditions (e.g. deteriorating structures, construction sites, chemical materials, plants and insects) present during site work will necessitate the use of extreme caution and proper protective equipment and controls. Incumbent may be exposed to chemicals typical of the conservation and treatment of historic and architectural features.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training or conference attendance.

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