Museum Technician - Natural Science

Organization: Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington, DC, us
Job or Internship: Job

Agency: Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number: 13R-JW-298301-TRF-NMNH

SALARY RANGE:$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:   Friday, April 26, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE: IS-1016-07

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, Permanent. - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.


DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:           

This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.  


This position is located in the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, Department of Public Engagement, in the National Museum of Natural History.  The purpose of this position is to maintain the individual and colonies of live animals that are crucial to the success of the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion.    

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   


Prepares live exhibits; feeding and caring for more than seventy species of arthropods; propagates approximately thirty species of arthropods; maintains a healthy population of 300 to 400 butterflies and moths on exhibit, staffs the pavilion; and maintains a clean lab and exhibit spaces.

Reviews and makes recommendations on animal care procedures to the Manager.

Provides administrative support for the exhibits, primarily through record keeping and reporting.

Trains staff and volunteers in animal care responsibilities.

Assists the manager in leading tours and speaking to outside professionals. 


Experience: One year of full-time experience at the IS-05 grade level that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects.    

The experience includes activities such as caring for a wide variety of arthropod species, maintaining documentation for animal care records and permit requirements, creating small animal enclosures, and interacting with 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: 1 full academic year of related graduate level education or superior academic achievement 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 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:   

Knowledge of biological or agricultural science with specific knowledge of arthropod natural history.

Knowledge of best practice regarding live animal and plant care.

Ability to communicate with museum volunteers, staff, guest and visitors.

Skill in attention to detail, in order to analyze, track and record animal care data, and import/export records for exhibit maintenance reports.

Ability to assist with content information for exhibit and program creation.

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. 


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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 for a complete description.