Job Overview


This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion announcement # ERS-M14N-0028. Current permanent Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and individuals eligible under Special Appointing Authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion announcement to maximize opportunities for consideration.

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 Agricultural Economist positions are located in 3 branches within the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED): the Agricultural Policy Modeling Branch, the International Demand and Trade Branch and the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch. The MTED research program includes development and dissemination of market information, analysis of domestic program and trade policy alternatives, commodity and trade forecasts and projections, and special studies of emerging developments in domestic and international markets.


The Market and Trade Economics Division seeks Agricultural Economists who can:

  • Plan and conduct economic analyses and investigations.
  • Develop and maintain databases and economic models.
  • Use software and statistical methods to conduct market analyses.
  • Develop questionnaire designs and manual preparations for surveys.
  • Prepare publications and other information resources.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid.