Do you think you have what it takes to become the official photographer of the US Supreme Court? If you do, you’ll be happy to know that they are hiring people for this position. It’s a full-time job with a wide salary range, between $54,972 and $86,460 per year. And from the posting, it seems like the job most professional and dedicated photographers could do.
There are several essential requirements. First, you need to have the U.S citizenship. Second, the applicants need to undergo a security background, but it’s expected for any job of this type. And third, if you decide to apply, you need to meet the expected requirements and have certain qualifications. Here’s an excerpt from the job posting with the set of skills and qualifications you’re required to have:
A Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of photography or any directly related experience that has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles, practices and techniques of photography, image processing and image management is required. At least four years of additional experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. Must be able to proficiently operate a variety of photographic equipment and accessories to include digital (Nikon and Hasselblad), still, and video cameras as well as artificial lighting, including strobe lamps. Must possess digital image processing skills and experience with Digital Asset Management software (Extensis Portfolio preferred). Must be comfortable working with a wide range of people from visiting dignitaries to the general public. Strong customer service attributes with organizational skill and attention to detail in record keeping required. Must be proficient with MS Word, Access, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, and other computer programs. The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing is required. Must be able to plan, implement and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Must have flexibility to adapt to constantly changing environment and requirements.
Employment is subject to successful completion of a security background check.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
It’s interesting that you don’t necessarily need a formal education in photography, but you can bypass it with additional years of experience. It’s great to see that skill and knowledge is appreciated, and not only the degree. I don’t know how the numbers of $54,972 or $86,460 sound to you; it all depends on your current earnings and expectations. But if you are into political photography, this can be your big opportunity to step into this world. So, take a look at full job posting here, and if you’re interested, create an account and apply. Good luck!
[via SLR Lounge: photo credits: Matt H. Wade]