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    The incumbent serves as an Interdisciplinary Risk Analyst with the Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory (PERAL) under Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)-Science and Technology in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The mission of PERAL is to address complex issues in safeguarding, exotic pest management and assuring safe trade.  PERAL conducts risk assessments and other analyses in support of PPQ programs, policies and actions that ensure safe trade, help expand US export opportunities and markets, to protect U. S. agriculture through the exclusion and detection of exotic pests.  The incumbent assumes a key role nationally in ensuring that PPQ programs are scientifically sound, and qualitatively and quantitatively rigorous (especially those in areas that are under the aegis of PERAL) and that available information on exotic agricultural pests is gathered, analyzed and interpreted accurately and fully.  The incumbent works with scientists and technical personnel in APHIS, ARS, and universities, the private sector, and foreign organization to develop, evaluate, enhance, and maintain the quality of PPQ’s exclusion and detection programs.

    APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

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    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Estimates the risk of invasion, establishment and movement of quarantine-significant exotic pests in the United States based and associated with exports of commodities from the U.S on ecological factors, human activities, spatial population dynamics, spread modeling, and characteristics of the pest/host interactions.
    • Analyzes agricultural and PPQ data, writes agency reports and conducts risk assessments for dissemination to internal clients, or other federal and state organizations to facilitate improved agricultural trade.
    • Develop statistically sound sampling procedures for survey of quarantine-significant pests, including estimates of probabilities of detecting populations as a function of sampling effort and pest population size.
    • Design, evaluate, and optimize comprehensive strategies for detecting incipient populations of exotic pests of plants using such tools as simulation models of population dynamics and sampling or trapping.
    • Conduct long term and short term economic impact studies to determine the effectiveness of proposed policy options.
    • Design, execute, and/or provide statistical consultation on studies to evaluate effectiveness of various procedures for pre-and post-entry clearance of goods.
    • Review work plans, research proposals, experimental plans, manuscripts, and proposed PPQ protocols to ensure that procedures are statistically valid and meaningful.
    • Prepare reports primarily for developing effective APHIS programs and in accordance with agency, PPQ, and other relevant policies.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Domestic and international travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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