Job Overview


You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. The program duration is one year and upon successful completion of program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional position.

If selected for this position, you will be enrolled in a formal, comprehensive mentorship and career development program intended to prepare you for a career in the field of entomology. The development program involves various components, including formal training and education and is tailored to the background and previous experience of the individual. Professional Development Center (PDC) management will design a specific training and development plan to enable your success in the field of entomology and qualification for the position.

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


The duties described are for the GS-11 grade level. At the GS-9 grade level, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifies or verifies identification of plant pests, such as insects, some arachnids (e.g. mites, ticks, spiders), and mollusks, in immature and adult stages and identifies specimens to genera and species and, where insufficient information is available, to family level.
  • Categorizes potential pest as injurious and of economic significance, cosmopolitan and domestic and not significant, or not significant or cosmopolitan and domestic but significant in particular parts of the United States.
  • Maintains, develops, and supplements information on taxonomy, hosts, distribution, and other related information pertaining to intercepted and/or survey plant pests; develops and maintains specimen collections of plant pests pertinent to programs in the area of coverage.
  • Consults with and advises Department of Homeland Security (DHS), state departments of agriculture and other cooperators on the identity and biology of and procedures for detecting plant pests.
  • Develops or aids in developing training modules and appropriately illustrated identification aids and works with national program staff to deliver training to PPQ, DHS, and state employees.
  • Exercises agency regulatory authority by initiating regulatory action.
  • Provides technical assistance regarding PPQ domestic program pests and exotic pests, and the pathways with which they enter the U.S. by analyzing interception records for trends of pest entry, monitoring inspection procedures, and establishing solid contacts with industry.
  • Keeps current and uses state of the art technology to perform taxonomic duties, such as digital imaging, chemical diagnostic tests, and microscopy and specimen preparation techniques and equipment.
  • Assists in providing oversight of laboratory support staff including laboratory technicians, student employees and data entry assistants.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Considerable travel may be required in domestic program situations

Relocation Authorized

  • No