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Job Title:  Museum Technician (Natural Science)
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  13R-JW-298301-TRF-NMNH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 26, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent. - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

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


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  • 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. 




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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:

  1. Knowledge of biological or agricultural science with specific knowledge of arthropod natural history.
  2. Knowledge of best practice regarding live animal and plant care.
  3. Ability to communicate with museum volunteers, staff, guest and visitors.
  4. Skill in attention to detail, in order to analyze, track and record animal care data, and import/export records for exhibit maintenance reports.
  5. 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.


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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.
  • 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.


Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 5712584052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 5712584052


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:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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