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Job Posting: Preservation Specialist in Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian

Position:Preservation Specialist in Cultural Heritage

Agency:Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:12R-JC-297755-MPA-OUSHAC
This position is located in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. The employee coordinates the Smithsonian’s role in the preservation of cultural heritage materials in international and domestic museums, galleries, archives, libraries, and at archaeological and historic sites threatened by natural disasters, human conflict, and other challenges.

  • 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.
  • Requires short-notice travel.
  • Irregular tour-of-duty that may include weekends and nights in emergencies.


  • Develops a cultural heritage recovery strategy by coming up with a long-term role in preserving cultural heritage endangered by natural disasters and human conflict.
  • Manages governmental and non-governmental partnerships by devising means of securing arrangement, permissions, and appropriate legal authority to operate within the jurisdictions of various cultural crises, domestically and internationally.
  • Produces cultural heritage plans and program implementation by providing professional expertise and consultative advice, as well as establishing standards that enable cultural organizations to develop plans to avoid damage, rescue, recover, safe guard, and restore artwork, artifacts, documents, and media.
  • Develops training by developing curricula, bibliographies, and resources for training courses, workshops, internships, simulations, and field experiences.
  • Manages emergency response and cultural crises by coordinating the Smithsonian’s response to emergency and cultural crises in the U.S. and abroad.  Works closely with Smithsonian units and staff to develop and implement a plan of action, and coordinates such an effort with U.S. government, state, local, and foreign governments, as required.