HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 12-23
Opening date: February 16 2012
Closing date: March 2, 2012

TITLE: Illustrator, IS-1020, Grade 5; $34,234 to $44,500/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - Science Education Division, Science Media Group
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates

This is the position of Illustrator (Animator), Science Media Group (SMG), Science Education Department. The Animator is responsible for creating two and three dimensional animations to be used in the production of: video-based courses and workshops for teachers and the general public; educational documentaries for broadcast and non-broadcast release; instructional programs; and museum exhibits.

DUTIES: Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Working collaboratively with producers, editors, designers, and senior project staff developing animation storyboards, sketches and scripts.

2. Creating, developing and producing original art work and graphics.

3. Researching existing sources of animations and graphics related to scientific topics, including open-source and commercially available visualization software packages and evaluates suitability of incorporation into current projects.

4. Obtaining art from vendors and clearing rights as needed, maintaining all records of provenance so that sources can be properly credited.

5. Creating first draft of animation, revising, improving and finishing versions as needed; researching reference sources and consulting with scientists to assure animations are scientifically accurate.

6. In the final stage of animation, composite animations into video format, integrating as needed into previously existing footage, and/or exporting animation into multi-media formats.


4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in one of the following: animation, commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position.


Three (3) years of general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least grade 4 that demonstrated the skills and creativity needed to use the tools or equipment associated with the work. Examples of qualifying general experience include: illustrating, painting, animating, or drawing that required artistic ability and demonstrated the ability to draw, ink, letter, color, or shade animations, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams, or posters.

Combination of Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be combined to meet the total qualification requirements.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date. For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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