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    The incumbent serves as an Interdisciplinary Scientist at a laboratory or work unit within PPQ, Science and Technology.  The incumbent will report to one of several labs (Beltsville, MD; Ft. Collins, CO; Miami, FL; Otis, MA; Mission, TX; Raleigh, NC, etc.).  The mission of S&T is to provide scientific support to programs of PPQ and cooperating agencies.  S&T accomplishes this mission, in part by addressing, through methods development, complex issues in plant health safeguarding, detection and management of significant regulatory pests and diseases, and assuring safe trade and protecting natural resources.  S&T labs conduct scientific and technical analyses in support of PPQ programs that protect U. S. agriculture through the exclusion, detection, and mitigation of effects of exotic pests.  The incumbent assumes a key role nationally in ensuring that S&T and PPQ programs are scientifically sound and that data and information on regulated agricultural pests is produced, collected, analyzed and interpreted accurately and fully.  The incumbent works with scientists and technical personnel in APHIS, ARS, universities, the private sector, and foreign organizations to develop, evaluate, enhance, and maintain the quality of PPQ’s exclusion, detection, quarantine, eradication, treatment, inspection, and response programs.

    Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

    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:

    • Provides scientific leadership in qualitative and quantitative analyses in support of the management of invasive species, including arthropods, diseases and other plant pests. 
    • Obtains, validates, and analyzes data related to pest identification and diagnostics. 
    • Develops methods of detection and inspection including scientific and statistically sound sampling procedures for survey of quarantine-significant pests, and estimates of probabilities of detecting populations as a function of sampling effort and pest population size. 
    • Designs, evaluates, and optimizes comprehensive strategies for detecting incipient populations of exotic pests of plants. 
    • Develops, adapts, and/or evaluates tools, methods, and technologies for use by PPQ programs for mitigating effects of populations of introduced plant pests.
    • Develops, adapts, and/or evaluates methods and equipment for phytosanitary treatment of commodities, packaging materials, and means of conveyance. 
    • When appropriate, actively seeks cooperation and expertise of scientists and other technical experts from government agencies, universities, private industry, and/or foreign organizations to help achieve mission-related goals.   
    • Designs, executes, and/or provides statistical consultation on results to evaluate effectiveness.
    • Prepares reports primarily for developing effective APHIS programs and in accordance with agency, PPQ, and other relevant policies. 
    • Within the scope of the assignment, represents APHIS and makes presentations at scientific, technical, or cross functional working groups, and program review meetings and workshops.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and international travel for training and work assignments 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.

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