Job Overview


NOTE: This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.  Applications will be accepted up until 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources and rural America for use by public and private decision makers.  ERS' clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

The mission of the Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED) is to provide information and analysis to enhance public policy, and to conduct analysis that informs national public and private decisions involving the interrelationship among natural resources, environmental amenities, rural development, and agricultural activities, agricultural research and development, technology and productivity, the structure of farming, upstream agricultural and other rural businesses, farm income, and the well-being of farm and rural households.

The Conservation and Environment Branch (CEB) addresses a wide spectrum of issues as they relate to conservation and environmental policies that affect the agricultural sector. CEB analyzes the effect of Federal policies and programs on the adoption of conservation practices, input use, and land allocation to the extent that these changes are likely to affect agricultural resources or environmental quality. Topics include the cost-effectiveness and design of USDA conservation programs (technical and financial assistance), regulatory programs affecting agricultural producers, and environmental markets, strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the economics of organic agriculture, and the potential environmental consequences of farm commodity, crop insurance, and disaster programs.

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.


The Economic Research Service (ERS) seeks a Branch Chief responsible for planning, directing, and managing the Conservation and Environment Branch’s (CEB) program of agricultural economic research, analysis, and information dissemination. The Branch Chief is responsible for serving as the agency's reference point to provide economic advice and counsel relating to the Branch's area of responsibility. This includes providing technical information to other U.S. government agencies, and serving on various Department-level committees, as well as interagency and interdepartmental task forces.  The Branch Chief is responsible for identifying and prioritizing research activities and resources required to complete the work assigned to the Branch. The incumbent has final authority for allocating resources and defining research studies and analyses to be undertaken within the CEB, and is responsible for the validity and integrity of the economic results produced.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No