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    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. Candidates successfully completing the program are eligible for noncompetitive promotion to the GS-12 level.

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

    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 the following:

    • 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.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 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.

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    0414 Entomology

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