Building Services Worker Job in Smithsonian

Smithsonian, New York, Openings : 1, Experience : Not Specified
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Job Description :


  • Cleans offices, public/administrative bathrooms, corridors, storerooms, stairways or any area within the confines of the buildings(s) using brooms, mops, buckets, heavy duty vacuums, buffers and scrubbers.
  • Adjusts and cleans machines and changes brushes, rollers, buffers and other attachments.
  • Dusts, scrubs, sweeps, waxes and polishes horizontal surfaces such as floors, etc.,
  • Cleans mirrors, empties trash and recycle cans; washes walls, windows, air vents, blinds and fixtures.
  • Stocks all refillable dispensers and removes stains in all bathrooms/offices from various walls and floor surfaces using chemicals and various cleaning solutions and equipment.
  • Shampoos, vacuums, scrubs, strips, waxes, polishes linoleum, tile, wood, terrazzo, concrete, marble, carpet and other various kinds of surfaces using appropriate solutions, strippers, shampoos, waxes and equipment.


Conditions of Employment

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Assignments involve moderately heavy physical effort and requires continuous standing, bending, stooping and reaching. Must carry and set up ladders and scaffolding as there is occasional climbing and working from ladders and scaffolding. Also requires frequent lifting and emptying of wastebaskets and occasionally lifting, pushing, moving and carrying items weighing up to about 50 pounds. Requires occasional operation of heavy powered scrubbers and floor buffers.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The incumbent usually works indoors, in areas which normally have adequate heat, light and ventilation but will be exposed to dirt and disagreeable odors. The incumbent may be exposed to possible hazardous effects associated with the use of various cleaning solutions, hazardous chemicals, blood borne pathogens and bodily fluids. In addition to minor injuries such as cuts and bruises associated with cleaning tasks, the incumbent may be exposed to serious injury from falls from ladders and scaffolding and when using heavy powered equipment.

Occasionally exposed to inclement weather. Incumbent is required to work from a variety of heights in the cleaning of venetian blinds, ceiling fixtures and room partitions, etc.


Will be required to report to or remain at work for his or her regular tour of duty during administrative closings due to hazardous weather or other emergency situations. Must be willing to work overtime and fill in for staff as needed on holidays, weekends or late evenings.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.


In order to be rated qualified, an applicants overall experience and training must indicate possession of the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

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.

BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): If you are applying for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran and must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. (“Active Service” under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

  • Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments
  • Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • People with Disabilities

Important Note:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

Additional information

You must be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.


Have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements. Please see additional information regarding reasonable accommodations below.

The Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring all employees (federal and trust), affiliated staff (including volunteers, interns, and fellows), and the contractors who work with us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., onsite, telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Smithsonian Institution, if after November 22. The Smithsonian Institution will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption from this requirement. This requirement applies to employees, affiliated staff, contractors who are working on-site, and those teleworking in whole or in part. Limited exemptions to the Smithsonian Institution’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be considered on a case-by-case basis for selected candidates who inform the Smithsonian that they cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, including certain medical conditions the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers contraindications to the vaccine, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Additional information and instructions regarding Smithsonian’s COVID-19 mandate will be provided at the time of selection.

Flexible Spending Accounts –
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  • Benefits

    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.

    Please see Benefits at for a complete description.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:

  • Ability To Do The Work of a Building Services Worker Without More Than Normal Supervision.

If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:

  • Skill in the operation of Motor Vehicles.
  • Knowledge of work practices (includes maintaining facilities in a neat, clean and orderly manner).
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.
  • Ability to Drive Safety (Motor vehicle).
  • Ability to operate safely non-motor vehicles.
  • Reliability and dependability as a Building Services Worker.
  • Benefits

    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.

    Please see Benefits at for a complete description.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether youre a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure youre eligible under their policies.

    Your application package should include the following documents:

    • Resume – Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

      USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel, or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    • Proof of Veterans Preference – DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA.

    • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

    • A recent performance evaluation.

    • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration.

    • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order.

    • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    • You must apply for this position online through the Apply Online button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
    • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    12/07/2021 to 12/29/2021

  • Salary

    $19.94 – $23.28 per hour

  • Pay scale & grade

    WG 03

  • Location
    • New York, NY FEW vacancies
  • Telework eligible


  • Travel Required

    Not required

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type

    Permanent – Federal

  • Work schedule

    Full-time – Full-Time, Permanent

  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    5701 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operating

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance

    Not Required

  • Drug test


  • Announcement number


  • Control number


Last Date For Apply: 27/Mar/2022 08:03:00 Job Type : Full Time, Employment Type : Permanent Apply Here