Deadline: February 7, 2024

Location: Edgewater, Maryland
Work model: Telework eligible
Federal position? No
Salary: Starting at $68,405 annually (IS-0343-09) with promotion potential. Includes a generous benefits plan with annual and sick leave, group health insurance, retirement and saving plans.


The major duties of this position are Human Resources and Administration Services.

  • Serves as liaison between scientific research and education program supervisors and staff in central Office of Human Resources by performing a variety of human resources program administration functions and analysis.
  • Provides support to the SERC Directorate for financial services and operations, including record keeping and summarizing trends in administrative functions.

Read the full position description and apply at this link. (Note: This position is listed as “Administrative Specialist (Personnel)” on the official Smithsonian job site.)

This position is open to all. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. See Smithsonian EEO program information:

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides advice, guidance and training covering the full range of employee recruitment and selection processes.
  • Works collaboratively with managers and supervisors to develop job analyses, rating plans and avenues of recruitment
  • Uses an automated staffing system to create job announcements (both Delegated Examining and Merit Promotion), issue certificates and provide updates to applicants.
  • Reviews applications to determine applicant qualifications, adjudicate veterans’ preference and develops certificates of eligibles.
  • Confirms selections, sends job offers and initiates background checks.
  • Maintains recruitment documents and case files.

Qualifications and Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants should possess related experience conducting human resources procedures for a variety of staff positions. This experience should include:

  • Interpreting and applying Human Resources policies and procedures to provide technical guidance on a wide range of recruitment, placement and personnel actions
  • Developing recruitment strategies and documents such as job analyses, rating plans, vacancy announcements
  • Completing personnel actions processing and documentation
  • Creating vacancy announcements
  • Determining application qualifications and issuing referrals to managers
  • Onboarding new employees
  • Providing training and information about services and procedures
  • Maintaining accurate and secure employee records
  • Addressing employee workplace concerns and promoting positive employee experience and satisfaction

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the web portal at: (Listed as Administrative Specialist (Personnel))

Please do not send applications directly to any SERC email account.


Brian Coyle

About the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to ecological and environmental research and education and public engagement. The 2,650-acre campus includes forests, farmlands and wetlands, 15 miles of shoreline of Chesapeake Bay, and 6 miles of walking trails. Located in Edgewater, Maryland, SERC is only 25 miles from Washington, D.C., and 5 only miles from Annapolis.

The SERC campus consists of an array of historic and modern buildings, including 7 LEED Platinum buildings, a large modern laboratory building, visitor cottages and intern dorms boat dock and other facilities for research and education. Staff include 120 employees, 40 interns, and 500 volunteers. A 40-person, centrally managed maintenance and security staff are on site. SERC receives over 15,000 visitors annually, including 6,000 school children on field trips. For more details about SERC visit our website at

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital, parental, or caregiver status, and disability. The SERC community recognizes the value of workforce diversity, and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position.