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), Pacific West Area in the Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit located in Reno, NV.  The Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit’s mission is the development of management guidelines, technologies, and practices for conserving and restoring Great Basin rangelands and development of tools and techniques to assess the effectiveness of these management actions across a range of temporal and spatial scales.  The incumbent of this position is responsible for conducting independent research related to developing techniques for natural resource management aimed at rehabilitating degraded Great Basin Rangelands.

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-A14W-0020.

Telework is available/authorized for this position

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


The incumbent serves as a Research Rangeland Management Specialist or Research Ecologist for the Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit, Reno, NV.  Responsibilities include developing a research program to facilitate science-based rehabilitation and re-vegetation of sagebrush steppe and pinyon and juniper woodlands that have been impacted by wildfire and invasive annual grasses (e.g., cheatgrass and medusahead); conducting fundamental and applied research in range management, landscape ecology, and watershed management, with an emphasis on assessing and predicting impacts of management actions (e.g., cheatgrass control and grazing management) on rangeland ecosystem processes; and developing a cooperative research program within the Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit and between ARS locations in the intermountain West.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Up to 10 days/month

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation cost of employee