Contract Communications Support Services

September 05, 2019

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is connecting people everywhere with Earth’s unfolding story. It is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum is dedicated to maintaining and preventing the world’s most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. As part of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, the contractor will help oversee external communications.



  • Track and archive media coverage of the museum and maintain existing media tracking databases.
  • Prepare and deliver written materials including but not limited to media reports, summaries, newsletters and clippings.
  • Field and respond to incoming inquiries from the media and the public, compiling and providing appropriate materials (images, videos, etc.) when needed.
  • Complete clerical tasks (answer telephones, collecting the mail, etc.) and oversee procurement orders.
  • Process incoming filming requests; coordinate, host and supervise film shoots and complete follow-up notifications and billings when appropriate.
  • Maintain the editorial calendar and assist in the productions of written and/or photographic content for print and digital distribution.


Basic Qualifications

  • Degree and/or experience in communications, public relations, museum studies or a related field.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Experience in science communication a plus.


Period and Place of Performance

This contract will be for six months with an additional four optional periods of six months. Support will be performed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.



Candidates must provide an hourly rate for the base period of six months and four optional six month periods. The selected contractor will submit invoices after the successful completion of tasks and deliverables as outlined in the Scope of Work (SOW). The hourly rate invoiced will remain the same throughout the contract period.


To Apply

Interested candidates should contact us at [email protected] for application instructions including a Request for Quote (RFQ) and Scope of Work (SOW) which are due by 5 p.m. on September 26.