$56,233.00 to $73,105.00
Open & closing dates
$56,233 to $73,105 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full-Time, Permanent
Permanent - Federal
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C.
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 200 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 200 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 200.
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.
This position is located in the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) at the Smithsonian Institution (SI).
The position requires the Reference Librarian to travel to several geographically dispersed locations: the National Zoological Park, a hilly 163 acre campus in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC; the Conservation Biology Institute, 3,200 acres in the rolling hills of Front Royal, VA; additional departments located around the National Mall, DC; and field researchers stationed globally.
The Reference Librarian contributes to the overall goals of a major research library, and plays a dynamic role with the librarian profession. The Reference Librarian provides in-person and virtual comprehensive reference, research, and advisory services to scientists, veterinarians, animal keepers, biologists and staff located at these locations. The Reference Librarian provides reference assistance to a diverse clientele, searches bibliographic databases, oversees inter-library loan, and circulation. Subjects include veterinary science, conservation biology, ecology, animal care, nutrition, pathology, agriculture, horticulture, and zoology.
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Serves as Reference Librarian of specialized collections within the Natural and Physical Sciences department of the National Museum of Natural History libraries (National Mall, Washington, DC), the National Zoological Park (Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC) and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal, VA).
Uses knowledge of specialized information sources including the structure, content, and access protocols of the electronic databases to produce selected and annotated bibliographies on specific subjects.
Selects materials to provide comprehensive reference, research and advisory services to scientists, veterinarians, animal handlers, conservators, museum staff, and professional staff in various disciplines such as biology, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, geology, paleontology, and other subjects in general science.
Provides comprehensive classroom, one-on-one, remote, and recorded instruction in disciplines such as biology, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, geology, paleontology, and other subjects in general science
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should to Job Announcement # 18R-LC-303384-SIL-MPA
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Conditions of Employment
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
May need to complete a Probationary Period
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
Experience: You Qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivelent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Service or comparale pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as: providing reference assistance in a natural history and physical sciences research library, searching bibliographic databases in any field, performing collection development, interlibrary loan and/or circulation services, and providing outreach activities that promote access to library collections that might include library orientations, classes, tours, and /or providing training to professionals on library resources.
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.
Or Education: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.
Or a Combination: 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. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the Required Documents section of this announcement.
Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.
Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;
A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
Skill in searching a variety of published and unpublished sources, databases and the Internet, in response to specialized reference questions.
Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of librarianship.
Ability to adapt and implement solutions for library workflows and practices.
Skill in evaluating, selecting, and justifying new collection resources to meet specialized information requirements in the areas of Natural & Physical Sciences.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the rule of three, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.
Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Your application package should include the following documents:
Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Click on the Apply Online button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Agency contact information
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, District of Columbia
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At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab My USAJOBS; e-mailing email@example.com; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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