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

Who May Apply: All US Citizens and those eligible for consideration under a noncompetitive hiring authority (i.e., 30% or more Disabled Veteran, VRA, Schedule A, Interchange Agreement, etc.)

This position is located in the Rangeland Resource Research Unit of the Agricultural Research Service of USDA, at the Central Plains Experimental Range in Nunn, CO. This position's research project is focused on extending on-going experimental efforts regarding vegetation and soil responses to prescribed fire (frequency and season) at the Kiowa National Grassland and the Central Plains Experimental Range, (located adjacent to the Pawnee National Grassland). The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the experimental design with the prescribed fire project at the USDA-ARS Central Plains Experimental Range- Pawnee National Grassland site in this project. The employee will coordinate all sampling (vegetation, soils, soil water, etc.) and data entry. Employee will assist in conducting prescribed burns and coordinate planning efforts for all aspects of the study with the lead PI (supervisor). The employee will coordinate data efforts with scientific staff responsible for the Kiowa National Grassland site of this project as well. The employee will also assist in additional projects conducted at the Central Plains Experimental Range involving the collection of vegetation, soil and livestock data.

This is a Full-time Term Appointment not to exceed 4 years.


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


The incumbent:

  • Participates in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of complex technical duties, in a field environment, common to the assigned area of work, and contributes ideas towards the planning and sequencing of the technical aspects of the research.
  • Adapts, modifies or develops new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project.
  • Performs the full range of techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment.
  • Maintains, calibrates and modifies complex/specialized equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.
  • Independently initiates action to resolve or correct technical difficulties and results, or recommends resolution to supervisor.
  • Searches for literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the field.
  • Collects, prepares, evaluates and verifies samples and supporting records.
  • Maintains records and locates and compiles data and other information from various sources.
  • Keeps detailed records of experimental data.
  • Tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers and software packages.
  • Maintains inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, etc., prepares solutions for use in the field, and safely disposes of chemical waste materials.
  • Will be responsible for preparing the proper mix of fuels for prescribed fires.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel Required 1-5 days per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No