Job Type: Full-time, federal. Limited telework is negotiable.

Compensation: GS-9 ($64,732 per year plus federal benefits plan including: annual and sick leave, group health insurance, retirement and saving plans)

How to Apply: Apply through USAJOBS (announcement number 23R-ST-309470-DEU-SERC). We are unable to accept applications directly to SERC.

Questions? Contact Brian Coyle ( with the following subject heading: SERC Management and Program Analyst. You can also view our tips for applying for federal jobs.

Position Description

The analyst will act as the key point person for human resources at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). Major duties include:

  • Serving as liaison between SERC scientists & educators and the Smithsonian’s central Office of Human Resources, by performing a variety of human resources administrative functions and analyses.
  • Providing support to the SERC Directorate for financial services, procurement, travel and operations, including record keeping and summarizing trends in administrative functions.

Basic Requirements

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as administrative experience in supporting human resources for staff at a scientific research unit or organization, including drafting position descriptions, job analyses, and rating plans; evaluating and reporting human resources support and needs for supervisors in a scientific research organization or unit; and tracking and coordinating human resource actions and orientation.


Master’s or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D (if related).


A combination of 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.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.

This position is open to all U.S. citizens. 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 for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences and background to this position. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status and disability.

About the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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

The SERC campus consists of an array of historic and modern buildings, including seven LEED-Platinum buildings, a large modern laboratory building, visitor cottages and intern dorms, wet lab, boat dock and other facilities for environmental research and education. Staff include approximately 110 employees, 40 interns, and 500 volunteers. A 40-person, centrally managed maintenance and security staff are on site. SERC receives 15,000 visitors annually, including 6,000 school children on field trips. For more details about SERC, visit