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Job Title:  Museum Specialist (Zoology)
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14R-JW-299002-MPA-NMNH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,146.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
The following Smithsonian Institution employees may apply:  Current Federal employees of (National Museum of Natural History) with career/career-conditional status or eligibility.  


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  • Assists Collections Manager in coordination and planning of long-term activities that ensure the basic maintenance and that improve curatorial conditions of the NMNH insect collection.
  • Uses a variety of diverse and often complex techniques including relaxing and restoring dried or damaged material, spreading winged insects, mounting on pins or paper points, preparation of specimen envelopes and data cards, preparation of specimens in alcohol, cleaning and degreasing specimens, final housing of alcoholic material into suitably labeled containers in the appropriate section of the collection.
  • Enters data on types and general collection specimens into the Departmental cataloging and inventory systems or other Department databases and corrects any errors.
  • Assists visiting scientists and graduate students with collection access, proper handling of specimens, and use of library.


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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of full-time experience at the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to experience in the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects.  For this position specialized experience is defined as experience in insect taxonomy, classification and identification; collection management; loan processing; insect preparation techniques; and insect collection storage in a museum or public science center.   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 a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards.
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, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, 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 departmental collections management policies, procedures, priorities, facilities, resources, work flow, and goals.
  2. Knowledge of Entomology collections, including access and logistics, general entomology, taxonomy, and collections management best practices.
  3. Knowledge of insect identification, preparation and classification best practices, especially for Coleoptera.
  4. Knowledge of procedures for handling and moving insect collections, shipping and permitting regulations, and protocols for entomological stockroom supplies and storage.
  5. Ability to use a collections management database and museum transactions system (EMu) to manage entomological collections.
  6. Ability to communicate with professionals and members of the public about entomological collections.

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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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 prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, notification of Personnel Action.
  • 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: 202-633-6370
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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