Job Overview

Summary

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

Provides for secure long-term preservation and documentation of diverse genetic resources for U.S. agriculture through the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) and through formal and informal agreements with other Federal agencies and non-Federal organizations (such as foreign national programs, international agricultural research centers, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector firms), which includes safety back-up of seeds and other plant parts.   Recommends methods and techniques to be used to improve efficiency of the seed collection management for the long-term preservation.

 

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.

Duties

Major Duties:

Provides for secure long-term preservation and documentation of diverse genetic resources for U.S. agriculture through the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) and through formal and informal agreements with other Federal agencies and non-Federal organizations (such as foreign national programs, international agricultural research centers, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector firms), which includes safety back-up of seeds and other plant parts.   Recommends methods and techniques to be used to improve efficiency of the seed collection management for the long-term preservation.   Applies comprehensive knowledge of genetic resource preservation, agency policies, procedures and applicable statutes governing the use of genetic resources in the management of the gene bank.   Consults and co-operates with other domestic and international gene bank managers.   Incorporates latest technological advances to improve the effectiveness and utility of plant preservation into NCGRP's resource-management process.   Monitors seed inventory to identify base samples that need to be regenerated and assists crop curators to prepare lists of accessions requiring regeneration.   Provides seeds to active sites for regeneration and receives fresh samples for long-term storage.   Conducts and evaluates studies to test and apply new scientific findings and technologies for improved germplasm preservation and seed-quality.   Provides supervision to the seed gene bank management staff.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

--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.

--Financial Disclosure report is required.

--This is a supervisory position; the selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

 

Travel Required

  • Not Required