Job Posting: Second of Four Positions in New Conservation Branch – Naval History and Heritage Command (Richmond, VA)

The Collection Management Division of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is advertising vacancies in its new four-person Conservation Branch.  The second announcement can be found at:
The closing date of the announcement is August 3, 2015.
NHHC, headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage.  NHHC activities include the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, nine museums, USS Constitution’s repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.
In the past year, NHHC has consolidated its historic artifact collection into a single Collection Management Facility at the Defense Supply Center, Richmond VA, and has brought on staff to manage the collection there.  This summer we are establishing a four-person Conservation Branch at the Richmond facility to undertake conservation of selected artifacts from across the NHHC enterprise, conduct site visits to Navy museums around the country, and provide care guidelines for artifacts on Navy installations but not in NHHC’s custody – for example, outdoor ordnance displays.  We are in the early stages of fitting out a laboratory for the branch’s use.
The branch will be staffed by a GS-1015-13 Branch Head (announcement already closed), a GS-1015-12 Lead Conservator (this announcement), and two GS-1015-11 Conservators.  All applicants should understand that this is a new operation, with all of the opportunities and uncertainties that implies.
To view photos of some of the historic naval artifacts in the NHHC collection, please visit some of the command’s Flickr page at   For more information on NHHC, visit or its Facebook page at