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Contract Position: Georeferencing technician

  • Posted August 17, 2017
  • Accepting applications until a suitable candidate is found.

The Smithsonian Institution's Department of Mineral Sciences seeks a contractor to georeference approximately 10,000 records documenting collection localities for specimens from the National Rock & Ore Collection and National Mineral Collection. For each record, the contractor will be responsible for accurately identifying the coordinates of the specimen locality; providing an error radius or polygon around the coordinates; and providing a brief description of how the coordinates were determined. Georeferencing tools currently in use in the department will be available to the contractor, although alternative approaches that comply with departmental data standards may also be used.

The successful candidate should have experience georeferencing natural history specimens. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree in earth science or a related physical science. Desirable qualifications include:

  • experience using browser-based mapping and georeferencing applications
  • experience using Axiell EMu or similar collection management software

Work will take place in the Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History, in downtown Washington, DC. The contractor will have access to the department between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Parts of the contract may be completed remotely with the approval of the contracting officer. The period of the contract shall not exceed one year.

To apply for this contract, please send your bid (given as price per record), along with a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for two references, to Adam Mansur ( We will continue to accept applications until a suitable candidate is found.

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The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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