Hello and thanks for your interest in a career with USDA APHIS PPQ. Please note this is an Outreach Notice to make you aware of a Plant Pathologist (Mycology) position at the Miami, FL Plant Inspection Station (PIS).
The vacancy closes on 4/13.
Salary Starts $56,917 to $73,991 per year plus overtime
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree in plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.
Because the this job starts out at a GS 9 level, FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Experience with agricultural quarantine principles, regulations, methods, and policies in a plant pest and disease program.
- Detect, identify, intercept, and characterize microscopic pathogens of a wide variety of plant genera, with an emphasis on classification/ taxonomy
- Developed and maintained specimen collections of plant pests pertinent to programs on the identity and biology of and procedures for detecting plant pests and pathogens.
- Preparing and processing biological and commodity shipments to national identification services.
- Aids in developing informative and educational training material and identification aids for plant diseases and assists in delivering training to the general public.
OR 2 years of graduate-level education leading to a master’s degree in plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline.
In this position you will provide expertise in fungal biology, taxonomy and risk analysis as a recognized specialist and consultant or team member to agency import policy staff, survey design groups, survey personnel, and Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program managers. You will also review, evaluate, and suggest modifications of inspection methodologies and approaches as an enhancement to plant pest and plant disease surveillance systems.
- 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:
- Identifies or verifies identification of plant associated fungi and may identify other pathogens, viruses and isolate nematodes; to genus and/or species level.
- Develops and maintains specimen collections of fungi and other plant pathogens pertinent to programs in the incumbent’s area of coverage.
- Maintains, develops, and supplements information on taxonomy, hosts, distribution and other related information pertaining to intercepted and/or survey plant associated fungi.
- 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.
- Determines options for quarantine actions to be enforced by DHS and PPQ.
- Consults advises Department of Homeland Security (DHS), State departments of agriculture and other cooperators on the identity and biology of and procedures for detecting plant associated fungi.
- Monitors samples submitted for identification, pest interception, survey data, and pest detection techniques.
- Works with local and regional regulatory personnel to analyze and characterize pest risk of pathways, contributing critical expertise on pest biology, taxonomy and detection methods.
I wish you the best in all your career pursuits! Please reach out to me with any recruiting questions.
USDA APHIS PPQ
Outreach and Recruitment
Call/ Text: 518-420-9779
Plant Protection Today Newsletter: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/ppq-program-overview/plant-protection-today/plant-protection-today