• GCREW wetland mesocosm chambers
  • Marine Invasion's divers looking for invasive species
  • Aerial view of GCREW wetland site
  • River herring sample
  • Biodiversitree tree tagging

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is an multidisciplinary, collaborative and academic campus committed to the very highest standards of research and service to the community. We actively recruit and work with the best and brightest in the field. Join SERC and make a difference in our community and the world. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply for employment, internship, fellowship, visiting scientist, research associate and volunteering opportunities. For details about the current opportunities we offer, please click on the current job posts and accordion tabs below.

Data Manager/Biological Technician (National Ballast Information Clearinghouse, Marine Invasions Lab)
Compensation: $40,883/year, plus benefits
Deadline: Open until filled. Application review begins Aug. 22

Postdoctoral Research Associates (2) - Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry (Biogeochemistry and Global Change Ecology Labs)
Compensation: $54,727-$61,947/year, plus benefits
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2022

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 will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences and background to these positions. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status and disability. To find out if you are required to be a student, recent graduate or U.S. citizen for a position you are interested in, please refer to the job ad for that specific position.


College or graduate students can come to SERC and work for 10-16 weeks with a research scientist. For more information, visit our Internship Page, or contact Dan Gustafson for more information.

Graduate Student, Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships:

We have a very active program in research opportunities. For more information, visit our Fellowship Page or Contact Dan Gustafson for more information.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) encourages scientists and students to use the unique features of the site, including access to a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and access to long-term data sets. As a collaborative environment, we encourage scientists and students to utilize SERC's unique features, including access to a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, access to long-term data sets, and the expertise of our scientists and staff. 

Visiting Scientist

Visiting Scientists are individuals who intend on working on SERC property unescorted by SERC staff regardless of the length of the visit. Visiting Scientists are approved by the Deputy Director on the basis of an application that specifies the dates of the visit, the SERC staff sponsor, the nature of the work to be performed and needs for space, equipment or specialized safety training. Appointments range from 1 day to 1 year depending on the need, and can be renewed. Visiting Scientists are not eligible to be a Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on grants through their Smithsonian affiliation. Examples of Visiting Scientists include: individuals doing lab or field work for periods of a few days, graduate students in residence for a few years and senior scientists on sabbatical for up to one year. 

For more information about becoming a Visiting Researcher, please contact Dr. Pat Megonigal.

Research Associates

Research Associates are individuals who have a long-term collaboration with a SERC scientist that is expected to continue well into the future. This appointment is meant to facilitate collaboration on manuscripts, research proposals, public education or other scholarly activities that benefit the SERC community. Most Research Associates hold a PhD and are not residents on SERC's campus. A Research Associate are eligible to be a Principle Investigator (PI) on grants provided a SERC staff sponsor approved by the Director assumes fiduciary responsibility. Appointments are for 3 years and may be renewed.

For more information about becoming a Research Associate, please contact Dr. Pat Megonigal.

Biodiversitree volunteers

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) couldn't carry out its mission without volunteers. Volunteering allows people of all ages and backgrounds to inspire and engage people and it's a wonderful opportunity to develop skills, explore another career, enhance personal growth, connect with others, strengthen communities, improve lives and have meaningful impact in today's world. Please explore the volunteer section of our website for details on our Education and Citizen Science Programs and discover which program is right for you.

For more information, please contact Alison Cawood.