The Smithsonian Institution seeks an energetic, field-oriented estuarine/marine biologist to support the Chesapeake Bay node of the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), a global network using standardized observations and coordinated experiments to understand biodiversity and functioning of changing coastal ecosystems.

The technician manages field and laboratory activities under the guidance of the Director of the Chesapeake Bay MarineGEO site, Dr. Matt Ogburn ( Activities are focused on the benthic ecology of oyster reefs (subtidal and intertidal), salt marshes, submerged aquatic vegetation and soft sediment ecosystems. Candidates with demonstrated interest and experience working in at least one of these ecosystems are preferred. Duties include field sampling, identification of estuarine/marine organisms, design and execution of experiments, instrument maintenance, data management, assistance in publication of communication of results, and participation in MarineGEO network activities.

This position is based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland, and requires occasional travel (e.g. Belize, Panama, California). This is a full-time, trust-fund position with a comprehensive benefits package. This in not a Federal position.

The SERC community recognizes the value of diversity in promoting innovative science and creative solutions, and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We recognize that each applicant will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences and background to these positions. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status and disability. This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications: The position requires a BS degree, with MS degree strongly preferred, in biology, marine science or a related field. The applicant must be detail-oriented, responsible and prepared to work in challenging field conditions, and have experience with statistics and scientific writing. Competent data entry and management skills are required (Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and R preferred). Ability to operate small boats is required and boat trailering experience is preferred. Scuba certification (e.g. PADI, NAUI, etc.) and diving experience are required (strong preference for scientific diving experience). Approval into the Smithsonian’s Scientific Diving Program must be obtained within one year. Practical knowledge of field research procedures and biology and taxonomy of estuarine and marine organisms is strongly preferred.

To apply: Please send the following as a single PDF document to Matt Ogburn ( Curriculum Vitae, cover letter summarizing relevant experience, and the names and full contact information (email, phone, postal address) of three references. Review of applications will begin on 1 April 2022 until the position is filled.