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Museum Specialist

Perform tasks of a technical nature in support of collections management. Works with a crew of museum technicians and specialists that are responsible for the packing, handling, moving, transporting, storing, and monitoring of artifacts such as airplanes, helicopters, aircraft engines, missiles, cannons, guns, spacecraft, satellites, spacesuits, uniforms, art, and other related aeronautical and space objects, many times serving as the team leader for such projects

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Museum Program Administrative Specialist

This position is located in the Lectures and Program Office of the Education and Public Engagement Department of The National Air and Space Museum under the supervision of the Program Manager for Lectures and Programs, who reports to the Director of Education and Public Engagement.  This position requires experience providing administrative and logistical support for planning and executing public programs and museum experiences that will engage a wide range of public audiences, both live and virtually. 

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Museum Conservator

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Conservation Unit is pleased to announce conservator positions to support the renovation and redesign of our Washington, DC location.  The candidates will work with a team of conservators to support the ongoing renovation of 23 galleries. We are seeking individuals with a diverse range of material experience to support the examination, documentation and treatment of a variety of objects in the NASM collection.  The collection features artifacts from the 18th century to the present and represents the full range of materials relating to the history of aviation and space exploration. The Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory has a range of testing and analytical capabilities and partners with other Smithsonian museums to enable access to a wide variety of analytical equipment. 

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Astronaut exercising in space

Benefits

At the Smithsonian we realize our staff is the source for the creative energy that produces world-class exhibitions, programs and research. The Smithsonian provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its federal and nonfederal (Trust) employees which include insurance, retirement and work/life benefits.

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National Air and Space Museum in DC

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC opened on July 1, 1976. At the ribbon cutting, President Gerald Ford called the Museum “a perfect birthday present from the American people to themselves.” The opening was one of the highlights of America’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Center features two massive hangars. The ten-story-high Boeing Aviation Hangar displays aircraft hanging at several levels, angled as if in flight. Larger, heavier aircraft are displayed on the floor. Multi-level walkways rising some four stories high provide a wide variety of perspectives from which to view the aircraft and spacecraft on display. Glass cases display thousands of smaller items. 

Paul E. Garber Facility

Known as “Silver Hill” when it opened in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC of the same name, the Garber Facility came to house the ever-expanding collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and other artifacts. One building was dedicated to a large shop where collections specialists worked to preserve treasured artifacts.