Get Involved

Full-time Employment Opportunities

Term Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology

George Mason University seeks a Conservation Biologist for a full-time, Term Instructional position for the 2017-18 academic year (12-month appointment, renewable) to participate in the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) ( The position will be based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, VA (

In this unique immersive teaching framework, the successful applicant will work as part of a team of core faculty to provide instruction for a diverse portfolio of academic programming including the Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies, an in-residence program for undergraduate students based at SCBI. Students spend 16 weeks participating in intensive, interdisciplinary, field and lab-intensive coursework. This program focuses on building conservation-related skills and professional development opportunities for students interested in becoming conservation professionals. Faculty should expect to engage in at least 16-20 contact hours with students weekly.

Additional duties will include continued planning for the undergraduate program, and may include opportunities to develop new courses in the applicant’s area of expertise, as well as planning and instructional activities to support SMSC’s graduate/professional program and programming for high school, undergraduate, and international audiences.

Position requirements include a Ph.D., a demonstrated dedication to teaching, and professional experience in a conservation-oriented field that will intersect with and add diversity to current programming and courses (see courses at Review of applications begins March 5, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for this position is June 1, 2017 or earlier. For full consideration, please apply online at, position number F112AZ, complete the online faculty application, and attach a cover letter, CV, contact information for at least 3 references, and a teaching vita that includes a teaching philosophy and summary of evaluations and course development work.

Information about SMSC may be obtained at or by contacting Dr. Geoff Birchard,

Volunteer Positions/Internships

We will soon be looking for volunteers and interns to join our community of scientists, faculty and support staff and help us advance in our mission in a variety of different ways. Please check back here for postings and application instructions.

Financial Support

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation welcomes the support of donors interested in its mission.

If you would like to support student scholarships, which assist qualified applicants, both national and international, in attending our programs, please send an email to