Position Announcements

MarineGEO Program Manager and Marine Biology Technician

Two positions at the Smithsonian

Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) —
Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON)

The Smithsonian Institution seeks excellent candidates for two positions to support the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), a growing global network of partners collaborating to understand how marine life is responding to environmental change, and the role of biodiversity in mediating resilience of near-shore marine ecosystems. The partnership is coordinated by the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) based at the Smithsonian and is unique in its use of standardized measurements and coordinated experiments, and its long-term focus on biodiversity and functioning in shallow waters. MarineGEO/TMON represents a major research initiative in the science portfolio of the Smithsonian Institution. The network currently consists of the Smithsonian’s four Atlantic sites in Maryland (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), Florida (Smithsonian Marine Station), Belize (Carrie Bow Cay field station), and Panama (STRI Bocas del Toro field station), and is actively developing additional partner sites.

Program Manager

The Program Manager assists the Director of TMON in coordinating management of the international network, maintains accounting and reporting responsibilities, manages contractual agreements with national and international research partners, prepares summaries of research and program progress and needs, and manages logistical needs, fund-raising and development opportunities, and outreach initiatives for the network. The Program Manager works closely with the Director in developing the collaborative network of MarineGEO/TMON sites globally, including coordination of research and training activities, fellowships and small grants programs, and assistance with data management. The Program Manager serves as assistant to the Director.

Candidates should ideally hold a M.S. degree in biology, oceanography, or environmental science with a marine focus. Experience managing large grants, budgets, and/or research programs is strongly preferred. Because the project involves a collaborative global partnership, strong organizational, communication, writing, and people skills are essential.

The Program Manager position will be based at the headquarters of MarineGEO/TMON at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. This is a full-time, permanent, trust-fund position with similar requirements and benefits to a federal position. The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States. Review of applications will begin on 30 July 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Marine Biology Research Technician

The marine biology research technician provides technical support for a variety of field and laboratory tasks in MarineGEO/TMON’s program of marine research. Under the guidance of the TMON Director, the duties of the incumbent will include but are not limited to field sampling of marine organisms, identification of marine organisms using microscopy and taxonomic literature; conducting field and laboratory experiments; preparation and curation of frozen and preserved specimens; deposition of specimens in museum collections; maintenance and data retrieval from water quality monitoring instruments; management, entry, and analysis of data; and assistance in preparation and publication of reports, proposals, and manuscripts.

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, with Master’s degree strongly preferred, in Biology, Marine Science, or related field. The position requires practical knowledge of biology and taxonomy of marine organisms and marine research procedures. Ability to operate small to medium sized boats is strongly preferred. Scuba certification and scientific diving experience are strongly preferred, and must be completed soon after acceptance of the position. The applicant must be competent in computer data entry, data management, statistical analysis, and effective writing skills.

The Research Technician position will be based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. This is a full-time, permanent, trust-fund position with similar requirements and benefits to a federal position. The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States. Review of applications will begin on 30 July 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.



Applications for both positions should include (1) a current Curriculum Vitae; (2) a 1-2 page summary of career goals, experience, and interests relevant to the MarineGEO/TMON program; and (3) names and full contact information (postal address, email address, and phone number) of three references. Please submit applications electronically as a single PDF document to Dr. J. Emmett Duffy, Director of TMON and Chair of the Search Committee at: duffye@si.edu with the file name and email subject heading ‘MarineGEO manager application – SURNAME’ or ‘MarineGEO technician application – SURNAME’ with your surname in capital letters. Inquiries can be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will begin on 24 July 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about MarineGEO/TMON, visit our website (http://www.si.edu/marinegeo).

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.