Job Overview


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

This position is with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in the Water Management Research Unit located in Fort Collins, CO.   The mission of the Water Management Research Unit is to develop water management technologies and practices for irrigated agriculture in water deficit areas that use water efficiently, improve agricultural productivity and sustainability, and reduce negative environmental impacts.

Background Investigation & Type: Pre-employment fingerprints; NACI background investigation required.

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.

Status Candidates, VEOA eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities may apply to Merit Promotion Vacancy Announcement Number ARS-A13W-0087.

NOTE: Telework is available for this position

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


  • Participate with a team of scientists and engineers in a broad research effort to improve water management technologies and practices for irrigated agriculture with the goal of increasing the efficient use of water and improving agricultural productivity and sustainability.
  • Improve understanding of plant mechanisms contributing to increased water use efficiency and productivity under water deficit in field conditions.
  • Analyze plant responses to water scarcity in agronomic field experiments to evaluate hypotheses and conceptual understanding of mechanisms involved.
  • Identify and quantify plant signals that indicate plant water stress and can be used to optimally allocate limited irrigation water.
  • Is responsible for developing hypotheses, identifying methodologies, budgeting required resources, expending funds, and supervising support personnel.
  • Report research results to peers and stakeholders.