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Weed Scientist with USDA-ARS in Houma, LA

Type of position Permanent GS12-14
Employer USDA-ARS
Description of Employer United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Location Houma, LA
Description of Location Houma was incorporated as a city in 1848 and industry consisted largely of farming plantations, seafood, fur trading and logging industries. The cultivation of sugar cane was the principal agricultural industry in the parish. By 1851, Terrebonne had 110 plantations with 80 sugar houses. By the late 1970’s, Houma’s main focus was the oil industry. While the oil industry is still the primary source of revenue for the Houma-Terrebonne area, alternative industries are emerging to fill in the gaps. Terrebonne Parish still accounts for over 20% of Louisiana’s seafood production. In addition, the medical industry is creating a stronghold for itself in the parish area. Tourism, too, is a popular source of commerce for, in, and around Houma. The addition of Houma’s Civic Center promises to bring an influx of entertainment and convention revenue to Houma. The draw of authentic Acadian culture, diverse environment and wildlife, plantation homes, excellent food, and close proximity to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette make Houma-Terrebonne an excellent central location to experience all the sights and sounds of the bayou wonderland of South Louisiana
Salary $77,488 to $141,548 per year
Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Closing date of competition 10/01/2021
Date position available TBD
Description of duties
  • Conduct sugarcane research that has emphasis on assessing the economic impact of weeds.
  • Develop efficient chemicals and non-chemical control strategies for weeds.
  • Evaluate methods to hasten crop maturation.
  • Develop and evaluate integrated best management practices for soil, water, crop, and agrochemicals to optimize the production of varieties of sugarcane for sugar or as a bioenergy feedstock.
  • Evaluate the impact of various herbicide and growth regulator practices on crop and weed development.
  • Evaluate the impact of changing agronomic practices on weed development and herbicide usage over a 4 year crop cycle
Qualifications sought

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:

  • Assist with developing efficient chemicals or non-chemical control strategies for weeds.
  • Experience in publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals in agronomy, crop production, and/or crop management.
  • Planning and conducting independent research related to weed control.

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:

  • Assist with developing efficient chemicals or non-chemical control strategies for weeds.
  • Experience in publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals in agronomy, crop production, and/or crop management.
  • Planning and conducting independent research related to weed control
  • Participating in team research for best management practices for weed control

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:
The specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level of this position are: Experience gained from the planning and conducting independent research and

  • Develop efficient chemicals or non-chemical control strategies for weeds.
  • Experience in publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals in agronomy, crop production, and/or crop management.
  • Planning and conducting independent research related to weed control
  • Leading team research for best management practices for weed control.

 

Contact for additional information For application assistance:

Aryelle Smith
Agricultural Research Service
141 Experimental Station Road
Stoneville, MS 38776

703-259-9479
aryelle.smith@usda.gov

Application procedure  
Submit what Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications. To further support your qualifications, it is strongly recommended that you submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Failure to do so could result in loss of your consideration/referral. Also, please submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Submit to Apply on-line: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/612107400
Additional Information USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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