Job Overview


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The incumbent serves as a National Program Leader responsible for leading and coordinating the Agency’s agricultural research programs relating to the integrated pest managment for invasive weeds and insects and their effect on agricultural crops.  

The working title of this position is National Program Leader.

The official title of this position will be one of the following: Biologist, Entomologist, Plant Physiologist, or Agronomist.

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.  The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


·        Participates as leader or member of a number of interdisciplinary planning teams charged with updating national programs to reflect changes in national priorities and policies.

·         Identifies links between program areas and incorporates same in all phases of the planning  process;

·        Establishes and maintains communication with ARS Research Leaders  and non-ARS research organizations in the assigned area to ensure that ARS research programs are kept scientifically up-to-date;

·        Serves as the Agency’s technical expert on invasive pests of crops,  and advises ARS administrators on related technical and policy issues,  represents and speaks for the Agency concerning relevant program areas, and serves as Agency technical liaison  between scientists, industry, and action and regulatory agencies;

·        Identifies a need for, and arranges and/or leads field program reviews that assess, validate, and schedule program shifts targeted in implementation and operational plans in integrated pest management research;

·        Evaluates operational plans and ongoing research programs, and assesses progress toward achieving ARS program plan objectives;

·        Serves as a member of an Interdisciplinary National Program team charged with examining the impact that various funding levels would have on programs and recommending options for resource allocations and program changes;

·        Serves as a leader and/or member of interdisciplinary research teams assigned to examine interdisciplinary problems involved within area of expertise; and

·        Maintains scientific knowledge, expertise and reputation in agricultural crops and attends scientific professional meetings.

Other Considerations:

Frequent travel is required.