Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located at the National Zoological Park, (NZP), Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center. The employee is responsible for planning and conducting original research on the ecology and conservation of migratory birds.


  • Designs and develops scientific research projects focusing on the population demography, movement dynamics (stop-over, migratory connectivity, dispersal and recruitment), behavioral ecology, population genetics and urban ecology of Neotropical migratory birds, but not excluding resident populations. 
  • Prepares scholarly publications of basic and applied research, which address important questions in the scientific field, account for previously unexplained phenomena, or represent an important validation or modification of scientific theory in the topic area.
  • Collaborates with scientific researchers from within the Zoo community and from around the world, to encourage and promote studies of interest to the Center and to aid in the survival and recovery of species and habitats that ensure the health and well-being of animals in nature. 
  • Participates in scientific meetings and symposia, develops scientific papers for presentation and corresponds with scholars and other members of the scientific community involved in the same or similar research. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No