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Research Agronomist/Research Ecologist

Agricultural Research Service, Pullman, WA, United States
Employer Description
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Job Description
This position is located in the Pacific West Area of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in Pullman, WA. The goal of the research, within an interdisciplinary team, is to develop integrated and economically viable cropping systems that mitigate and adapt to climate change, reduce pest infestations, provide diverse environmental services in the region, and promote sustainable intensification of agriculture.
Job Requirements
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Basic Requirements GS-0471 Series: Degree: agronomy; or related discipline of science that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in the basic plant sciences, including at least 15 semester hours in agronomic subjects, such as those dealing with plant breeding, crop production, and soil and crop management.

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Combination of education and experience: at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, including a minimum of 15 semester hours in agronomic subjects, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Graduate Education: Agronomy, or one of the related disciplines or fields of science, such as plant physiology, soils, or agroecology, where the curriculum or pattern of training placed major emphasis on field crops or agronomy. Graduate study in related fields such as botany, plant pathology, weed science, entomology and ecology may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on agronomy. Evaluation of Education: Course work in such subjects as botany, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant breeding or genetics, plant ecology, agroecology, plant pathology, weed science, entomology, microbiology, agronomy, or those dealing with basic soil-water-plant relationships of an agronomic or ecologic nature may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in the basic plant sciences. Agronomy courses include agronomy, field crops, field crop production or management, soil and crop management, plant breeding and development, weed and pest management, agroecology and similar courses, including those in soils, biochemistry, plant physiology, etc., provided they dealt with principles, methods, or procedures that are applied directly in agronomic work and in the solving of agronomic problems. GS-0408 Series: Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. Additional Requirements

In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.

GS-12: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are: demonstrated experience in designing and conducting laboratory and field research in agronomy or agroecology.

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are: development of management strategies that promote sustainable cropping systems and agricultural intensification; identification and quantification of key indicators of agroecosystem services and associated trade-offs and synergies.

GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level of this position are: demonstrated contributions to transdisciplinary team research to address sustainable agricultural intensification at field, regional and national scales.

GS-15: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-15 level of this position are: demonstrated leadership of transdisciplinary team research to address sustainable agricultural intensification at field, regional, national and international scales. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/588304700

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
08 February 2021
CLOSES
10 February 2021
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
77488 – 166502
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Ecology