Job Overview


This position is located in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  The purpose of this position is to perform scholarly and professional research and curation in a portion of the National Collection embracing vertebrate zoology (herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology).

**The salary range listed above reflects the Museum's authorized salary range for this position.**

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  • Independently initiates, develops, and personally participates in integrative scientific research, fieldwork, and collection growth and maintenance, concerning the systematics, evolution, and general biology of one or more major groups of Recent vertebrates (in the disciplines of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology).
  • Directs an active program of specimen/data exchange and cooperation with other museums, educational institutions, and scholars.
  • Develops plans, documentation, and conducts attendant research for museum exhibits within the area of specialization as requested.
  • Serves as supervisor or advisor to interns, students, fellows, short-term scholars, and to scientific institutions and museums.