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    This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application.  The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.   

    This position serves as an Interdisciplinary Risk Analyst with the Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory (PERAL) under 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.

    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:

    • Estimates the risk of invasion, establishment and movement of quarantine-significant exotic pests in the United States basses 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 Plant Protection and Quarantine (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.
    • Develop economic impact studies concerning the advantages, or disadvantages of a recommended course of action and alternative strategies.
    • 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.
    • Within the scope of the assignment, represent APHIS and make presentations at scientific, technical, and program review meetings and workshops.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457635900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.