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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations.  To learn more about NIFA, please vist

The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government.  These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded int eh Constitution.  Positions in the SES are not graded.  SES employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance.  Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES.  Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period, unless currently serving under an SES appointment.  Visit for additional information regarding SES employees.

If you would like to work for a premier agency that is focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture: ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply; caring for agricultural, forest, and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, USDA is the place for you.  To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision, and guiding principles, please visit

The mission of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area is to lead food and agriculture sciences to create a better future for the nation and the world.  NIFA is responsible for providing national leadership and support for cooperative science, extension, and education programs and other cooperative activities in food and agricultural system productivity; development of new food, fiber, and energy sources; agricultural energy use and production; sustainable natural resources use; promotion of the health and welfare of people; human nutrition; and international food and agriculture. 


The Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment is a major component of NIFA.  This Institute is responsible for research, education, and extension for ensuring energy independence by promoting research and development of clean, biobased energy systems; ensuring sustainable and adaptive agro-ecosystems in response to climate change; and identifying sustainable ecosystem services from the nation’s limited natural resources base. 

 As the Assistant Director of the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment, the incumbent is responsible for providing scientific and managerial leadership and direction in formulating and implementing policies and programs that support research, education, and extension programs that will ensure energy independence through identifying and developing sustainable biobased energy systems; to ensure sustainable supply of agriculture products through identifying and developing adaptive agro-ecosystems in response to climate change; and to identify sustainable ecosystem services from the nation’s limited natural resources base.  The incumbent serves as a principal scientific and management advisor to the Deputy Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources in administering, evaluating, planning, directing and coordinating activities related to the mission and function of NIFA, in execution of policies and practices of grants management, and in the allocation of resources to carry out these policies and practices.