Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Compensation: $60,129 to $78,167 per year. This is a federal GS-09 position, with full benefits.

Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland

Deadline: Oct. 26, 2021, or whenever 100 applications are received (whichever is soonest)

To apply: Apply through USAJOBS using one of the following links. We're unable to accept applications directly emailed to SERC.

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As a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, the incumbent will work with SERC's senior staff and other Smithsonian Offices to perform the following duties: 

  • Helps design and implement a safety program for SERC’s environmental and ecological research and education mission.
  • Conducts safety trainings, and reports and investigates accidents for SERC staff.
  • Develops and implements the SERC Disaster Preparedness Plan.
  • Helps conduct security, fire and other safety drills.

You qualify for this position if you have:

  • Experience - One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, "specialized experience" is defined as practical knowledge of field and laboratory safety practices specifically in environmental/ecological research.


  • Education - A master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, with a major study in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. 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.

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 environmental research and education. SERC’s 2,650-acre campus is a living laboratory for long-term ecosystem research on forests, farmland, wetlands, shorelines and estuaries. SERC is strategically located in a rural landscape with immediate proximity to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C.-Annapolis urban system on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay and central to the Bay’s large watershed.  Our vibrant community of 150 staff includes principal investigators, educators, technicians, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate researchers, who annually engage and collaborate with interns, 500+ volunteers, and 15,000 public visitors.