Agronomist

US Department of Agriculture

Aberdeen , Idaho

Responsibilities
This position is assigned to the USDA-ARS National Small Grain Germplasm (NSGC) Research Facility in Aberdeen, Idaho. The incumbent provides support for a number of NSGC activities involving maintenance and distribution of accessions.

Major duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising NSGC seed order processing, including: careful retrieval of ordered accessions, seed treatments, packing and shipping. Ensures that necessary documentation, including declarations and import permits, are in proper order for shipment of foreign orders.
  • Conducting viability tests on NSGC accessions to ensure maintenance of high quality seed.
  • Assisting with planting, harvesting, and collection of data for field and greenhouse regeneration nurseries.
  • Collecting field and laboratory plant, seed, and spike or panicle descriptor data for entry into Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  • Maintaining inventory on hand and viability records on the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).

Requirements
Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year probationary period.

The duties of this position require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a State Pesticide Applicator’s License. The incumbent must obtain the license within 6 months from initial appointment to the position.

Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below.

Basic Requirements

To qualify at the 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.

OR

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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

In addition to the basic requirement above, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

At the GS-09:

Qualifying experience for GS-09 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience assisting with seed order processing; experience working with computer databases and excel; assisting with agronomic research; and maintaining inventory on hand and viability records.

OR

Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in Agronomy, or one of the related disciplines or fields of science, such as plant physiology, soils, or genetics, 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, and biochemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on agronomy.

OR

A combination of education and experience

At the GS-11:

Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting viability tests on accessions to ensure maintenance of high quality seed; experience with computer databases and excel; developing new methods and procedures for improving the regeneration of difficult-to-grow accessions; and designing, writing, and maintaining computer programs and scripts.

OR

Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Agronomy, or one of the related disciplines or fields of science, such as plant physiology, soils, or genetics, 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, and biochemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on agronomy.

OR

A combination of education and experience

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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