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Job opening: Photographer

Salary: $78 592 - 102 166 per year
Published at: Sep 22 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position serves this mission by providing high quality, brand-appropriate photography of events, installations, buildings and other activities.  Requires 20/20 vision with correction. Requires accurate color perception. Must be able to work occasional weekend and evening overtime hours. Requires work indoors and outdoors in all weather types. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.


As the Photographer, you will:


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1060-11. A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is at least one year of experience (combined), equal to the GS-10 level in the federal service, using both digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) and medium format digital cameras to capture events for an organization. Your application and resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must show in your résumé how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. If asked to do so, cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! Other Relevant Eligibility Criteria: Requires 20/20 vision with correction. Requires accurate color perception. Must be able to work occasional weekend and evening overtime hours. Requires work indoors and outdoors in all-weather types. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Photography – Knowledge of all aspects of digital photography including professional lighting, equipment choice and image cataloging. Color Management – Skill applying color management best practices for the capture and output of images of works of art. Public Relations – Ability to capture images for the purpose of branding and developing a positive public opinion. Note: Applicants who are referred to the hiring office for selection consideration may be required to submit a portfolio and/or work samples as part of the interview/selection process. If the hiring office decides to request a portfolio and/or work sample as part of its selection process, the vacancy contact will reach out to you by email to: (1) inform you of this requirement; and (2) provide further instructions. Must be able to provide a portfolio of a minimum 20 images illustrating experience with photography of event, architecture, people and/or video work. Please note, more than one selection can be made for this position if needed. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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. Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures. CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



General Experience (for positions at GS-5 and below): Experience in operating camera and/or processing equipment. Such experience may have been gained in (1) operating still cameras, copy cameras, motion picture cameras, video camcorders, or other types of camera equipment that involved arranging lighting and composition, (2) developing and printing film or negatives, or (3) a combination of both.

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-6 and above): Experience in operating standard and specialized camera and film processing equipment related to the position to be filled. Knowledge of the subject-matter being photographed may also be required for some positions. For positions that require a high degree of artistic or creative ability, samples of work or other suitable evidence of technical competence may be required. Unpaid experience that is pertinent should be credited based upon its relevance to the work of the particular position to be filled.



Education (for positions at GS-5 and below): Major study -- photography, or other fields related to the position.

Training in photography at a vocational school or technical institute above the high school level is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.


  • Address National Gallery of Art 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20565 United States
  • Name: Staffing
  • Phone: 202-842-6814
  • Email: [email protected]


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