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Job Title:  Research Zoologist
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  13A-JW-298398-DEU-NMNH

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $79,864.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 22, 2013 to Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Full-Time, TERM Not-To-Exceed 4 Yrs - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.



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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  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
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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.


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You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:

A. Degree: zoology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 20 semester hours in zoology and related animal sciences.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in zoology, or in a related discipline that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have following:

Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as conducting natural history and scientific collections-based research in areas of systematic biology and Recent vertebrates (in the disciplines of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology), as evidenced by one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications in taxonomic specialization; and using collections for research or planning the maintenance of such collections.  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: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and completed 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.



  • Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations should be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites,, or  to obtain these evaluations.


Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:


  • Ability to conduct original, collections-based scientific research in systematic biology, broadly defined, of Recent vertebrates, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or their equivalent in the areas of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology.
  • Knowledge of natural history collections (for example, curation practices and procedures for collections in specialty area), collection building or enhancement (through, for example, fieldwork or exchange of materials, information technology, or specimen metadata) in the field of vertebrate zoology.
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations and/or seminars to secure external funding, reach out to the public (for example, communicating orally or otherwise to non-scientific audiences), and perform professional service (for example, as a reviewer for a peer-reviewed journal, or service in a professional society or organization), or mentoring.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.


Applicants assigned to the Best Category, who are referred to the selecting official, may be asked to provide additional materials to include CV’s, reference letters and research statements.

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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. 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; OR 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.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
  • 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.
  • Completed Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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