Job Overview

Summary

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!

This position is being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining Procedures on announcement number 24PQ-APHIS-MA-2017-0244 open to any U.S. Citizen. Current and former Federal employees may apply to both announcements to maximize opportunities for consideration since different referral criteria apply to each announcement type.

This vacancy is limited to the first 50 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 the authority in general Entomology, as well in beetles (Coleoptera), files, (Diptera), true bugs (Hemiptera), and moths (Lepidoptera) for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and provides final identification of these insects and related groups, analyzes pest risk, makes recommendations to management and collaborates with scientists, plant health regulators and others, worldwide. Responsibilities may also include the development, management, and overall coordination of national plant health program policies for (1) insect identification for groups including, but not limited to, Coleoptera, Diptera, Heteroptera, and Lepidoptera, (2) biological control of plant pests (general entomology), and  (3) molecular systematics to aid in the identification of insect pests.  This position encompasses the highest level possible for taxonomic determinations of these insect orders with APHIS. 

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

Duties

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:

  • Makes final taxonomic determinations of certain insect orders and related groups intercepted at ports of entry from all parts of the world, in samples from domestic field surveys, international programs, export certification inspections and other sources.
  • Conducts literature searches, and reviews and evaluates current foreign and domestic scientific literature for data on scale insects regarding world distribution, new diagnostic information and economic or environmental significance.
  • Evaluates the quarantine significance of exotic pests based on published data and/or unpublished information gained through networking with scientific colleagues.
  • Serves as the Agency authority in resolving scientific problems associated with quarantine significant insects and makes recommendations to the Agency regarding necessary procedural or policy changes.
  • Provides the highest level technical guidance in areas of entomological specialization to staff and field personnel in order to most effectively exclude the entry of infested commodities or eradicate or control introduced insects.
  • Initiates and cultivates working relationships with scientific colleagues nationally and internationally.
  • Evaluates formal requests from field identification personnel for authority to identify insects intercepted through PPQ activities.
  • Identifies and evaluates problem areas or deficiencies in identification skills of field personnel and recommends means for correcting those problems in order to maintain and advance high quality pest determinations within the Agency.
  • Provides scientific information and recommendations to technical field personnel and informs them of new diagnostic techniques and other information in order to improve their effectiveness in identification and risk decision-making.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.