Entomologist (Pest Management)

Washington, D.C
Nov 30, 2022
Dec 03, 2022
Full Time

  • Performs on-site pest evaluations to museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution monitoring for potentially damaging structural insects and rodents.
  • Selects and applies appropriate least-risk management practices in the control of pests.
  • Mixes pesticides, calibrates pesticide mix for proper dilution and applies pesticides in a safe manner.
  • Prepares technical information reports on structural pest control which includes summarizing, analyzing, and reporting pest management inspection data.
  • Assists in oversight of management and integration of pest control contractor's performance.
  • Schedules pest information meetings with museum staff. Works with Smithsonian staff to review environmental conditions and provides recommendations to eliminate pests.
  • Provides technical guidance through training and instruction to Smithsonian staff.


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.

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Conditions of Employment


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Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on OPM Website .


In addition to Basic Requirement below you must also have the following experience:

Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience managing pest control contracts or managing pest control services for commercial accounts such as commercial kitchens, health care facilities, zoos, museums and childcare facilities.

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.


Basic Requirement:

(You must submit unofficial school transcripts)

Degree in entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology.


A combination of education and experience courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

  • This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

Current or Former Political Appointees: Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Office of Human Resources. Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
  • Position title;
  • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
  • Agency; and,
  • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.

Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment incentive(s) may be authorized for this position. However, approval for incentives are contingent upon various availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require the incumbent to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a certain time period.

Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid.

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