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Want to work for the Smithsonian?  CSL is in receipt of the following job announcement, which we are passing along to our readers.



Source: Roland Kays, Ph.D.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
NC State University

Job Title: Conservation Biologist
Smithsonian Institution
Sub Agency:
Job Announcement Number:


$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 25, 2012 to Wednesday, February 08, 2012




Full-Time, Temporary position Not to Exceed 3 years. - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.




1 vacancy(s) in the following locations:
Front Royal, VA View Map
This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.
This position is located within the Conservation Ecology Center, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia.  The employee would recruit, train and supervise citizen scientists in conducting camera-trapping surveys of wildlife.  The employee would be based at SCBI, a 3150 acre research center, but would be expected to develop outreach materials for both the National Zoo and National Museum of Natural History in downtown Washington DC.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce.  Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer


  • Publishes research that demonstrates knowledge of ecological principles needed to conduct wildlife surveys.
  • Work with National Museum of Natural History and National Zoological Park staff to develop outreach materials that will inform public of project and recruit volunteers through public displays at both institutions.
  • Develops presentations or activities that will give direct contact to public at both forums.
  • Presents aspects of project at national and international forums.
  • Responsible for all aspects of recruiting and training volunteers for camera-trapping at select sites within the study region.
  • Works with IT specialists, program manager and ecologists to improve current web site to upload and download datasets and well as provide a means of communication between researchers and volunteers and volunteers with each other.


Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

One year of full-time experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade that is close or similar to the work of this job.  The experience include professional wildlife biology field experience in sampling wildlife populations; experience with recruitment, training and evaluation of volunteers for collection of large datasets; experience with web-site management of large digital datasets; and experience publishing articles communicating scientific principles to the public.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience.  Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education:
Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Or a Combination:
Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.  The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  1. Ability to publish research that demonstrates knowledge of ecological principles needed to conduct wildlife surveys.
  2. Ability to recruit, train and evaluate volunteers (e.g. Citizen Science Programs).
  3. Ability to create and maintain a public website that accepts and conveys information from scientists and the general public.
  4. Ability, as a lead author, to publish in peer reviewed publications and in general public forums.

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 detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
To preview questions please click here.

The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accidental insurance.
Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.


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Please Note: 

  • 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;
    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.

Your application package should include the following documents:

  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify.  If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
Marie Parks
Phone: 202-633-6332
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: Parksma@si.edu
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012
600 Maryland Ave MRC 517
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052
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