Want to Make a Difference for American Agriculture? Come Work for APHIS!

APHIS is looking for experts in biological and agricultural sciences to join its Plant Protection and Quaratine program.
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Want to Make a Difference for American Agriculture? Come Work for APHIS!

Are you an expert in biological and agricultural sciences? Are you interested in helping the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safeguard agriculture and facilitate the safe trade of commodities? USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has several openings that might be right for you!

We will fill multiple positions from one Agriculturist job announcement, including the five positions described below. All positions are eligible for remote work and are career ladders positions with a Full Performance Level of GS-14.

Risk Management Specialist: In this role, you will develop effective risk management options and strategies to help gain or retain market access for non-propagative commodities presented for U.S. entry. This includes coordinating, writing, and reviewing risk management documents and regulatory work plans. You will also work closely with Senior Regulatory Specialists and other staff to support the rulemaking process and coordinate the clearance of emergency import and domestic quarantine orders.

Staff Officer: As a Staff Officer, you will provide policy and procedural guidance to field personnel identifying pests intercepted during inspections of baggage, cargo, conveyances, mail, or propagative material imported into the United States. You will interpret policy and direct regulatory responses to new pest identifications, conduct research to determine pest quarantine status, and develop pest phytosanitary action policies. Experience with Agricultural Quarantine Inspection pest identification activities and workflows is preferred.

Regulatory Policy Specialist (Compliance and Enforcement): In this role, you will coordinate national compliance and enforcement activities, including monitoring and evaluating investigated cases.

National Policy Manager: As a National Policy Manager, you will analyze and evaluate import and domestic regulatory policies to ensure efficient and effective operations. You will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on risk assessments and other risk management documents in support of APHIS initiatives, develop regulatory work plans, and ensure that environmental and economic assessments are properly considered.

Treatment and Mitigation Coordinator: In this position, you will coordinate the strategy, planning, policy, and execution of phytosanitary treatments and mitigation activities in managed offshore programs. You will develop and provide technical support and guidance for performing inspection and certification activities, including developing training standards and coordinating technical training for inspection personnel. Experience with developing and managing certification or quality assurance programs is preferred.

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