Technical Information Specialist (Biological Science)

  • National Agricultural Library
  • Beltsville, Maryland
  • Aug 17, 2021
Full time Product Development Customer Service Government Veterinary Services

Job Description

Dear Colleagues,


The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has a vacancy for a GS-11/12 Technical Information Specialist (Biological Science).  The position serves in the Animal Welfare Information Center in the Information & Customer Service Branch of the Information Product Division.  The position is located in Beltsville, MD.  The job opportunity announcement closes on Friday, August 27, 2021.


The position is open to the public.

Please apply here -- USAJOBS - Job Announcement


The incumbent participates in the development of a national Animal Welfare Information Center; outreach activities, the selection and acquisition of materials and information products for the NAL collection, and the coordination and delivery of technical reference and research services.


We are seeking candidates with specialized experience in providing technical information in animal sciences; performing subject searches mostly on topics relevant to animal welfare or biomedical animal research; and coordinating or collecting animal science or animal welfare content for a library or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) in  a program relevant to the position.


Major Duties:

  • Provides technical reference and research services to a wide range of clientele. Formulates and performs subject searches mostly on topics relevant to the use of animals in research, testing, education, and on exhibit as mentioned in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
  • Participates in selecting animal welfare related materials for the NAL collection.
  • Compiles, edits, or authors bibliographic and non-bibliographic information products on topics appropriate to animal welfare (e.g. fact sheets, AWIC resource series, book chapters, papers, conference proceedings and articles for the AWIC bulletin).
  • Formulates and performs subject searches on a variety of electronic resources for information regarding animal care, welfare, training materials for personnel, minimizing pain and distress, and alternatives to animals in painful experiments.
  • Continues professional personal development through attendance at training workshops, conferences, symposia, meetings, training programs related to animal welfare
  • Takes an active role in the organizing and conducting outreach activities related to animal welfare. This may include scheduling and organizing materials for participating in workshops; seminars and conferences; hosting visitors.
  • Conducts demonstrations of AWIC electronic resources, new technologies, and automated retrieval services; designing and preparing information kits for targeted audiences; and acting as a faculty member in AWIC.

Occasional travel may be required.

Please direct questions to:

Aryelle Smith
Phone: 703-259-9479


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  We also request that you share this announcement with other potential candidates.


Usability-Information Architecture, Veterinary-Animal Care, Scientific-Technical Production, Securities Analysis-Research, Customer Training, Software Quality Assurance



$72,750 to $94,581 per year