Marine Biology Technician

Posted Date
Jul 12, 2019

Deadline: Application review in progress; open until filled.

Compensation: $41,193-$51,026, depending on education and experience, plus a full package of paid leave and benefits.

Duration: 1 year, renewable based upon satisfactory performance and availability of continued funding.  Anticipated start date is September 2019. 

Location: Tiburon, California
This position is based at the west coast section of SERC’s Marine Invasions Research Laboratory, at San Francisco State University’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center, and reports to Andrew Chang. The Marine Invasions Research Laboratory is a bicoastal laboratory headed by Gregory Ruiz and headquartered at SERC in Edgewater, Maryland, with a staff of approximately 40 biologists who conduct research nationally and internationally. For more information, see

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is advertising 1 full-time position for a marine biologist to support a diverse range of activities within the Marine Invasions Research Laboratory, with a primary focus on surveys of invertebrate communities in bays and estuaries of North America, especially California. 

The biology technician will assist in the collection, identification and analysis of marine invertebrates in bays and estuaries, particularly hard substrate (fouling) taxa. Core responsibilities will include (1) participation in field-based surveys and collections of invertebrate communities; (2) sorting and identification to species level for organisms across a diverse taxonomic range; (3) data management and preservation and curation of samples related to the above collections and specimens for morphological identification and genetic analysis; (4) providing technical support on a range of other field and lab projects; and (5) assisting with preparation and publication of reports, proposals, and manuscripts. Applicant must be willing and able to (a) travel for weeks at a time in the spring, summer and fall; (b) spend significant time working at the microscope in addition to field work; and (c) work well with a diverse group of researchers under challenging field conditions.

Bachelor's or master's degree in ecology, marine biology or equivalent

Applicant must have a strong background in marine invertebrate zoology and knowledge or aptitude for species-level identification, including fouling invertebrates. The successful applicant should have some prior knowledge and experience with invertebrate taxonomy and microscopy. This position requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a team are essential. Experience with design and statistical analysis of surveys and experiments is expected, and strong writing abilities are a plus.

This position is full-time and open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To apply:
Please send the following as a single PDF file with the subject line “CA Marine Biologist Job Application” to Laura Falsone ( (1) cover letter summarizing interest and relevant experience, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 professional references.