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Weed Scientist/Weed Agronomist (Research Agronomist with USDA-ARS in Morris MN

Type of position Research agronomist permanent GS-0471-12/13
Employer USDA-ARS
Description of Employer United States Department of Agriculture Research, Education, and Economics Agricultural Research Service.
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Location Morris MN
Description of Location Morris is located in West Central Minnesota.
Salary United States Department of Agriculture Research, Education, and Economics Agricultural Research Service
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. Opens in a new window
Closing date of competition October 12, 2021
Date position available November 15, 2021
Description of duties

The USDA, ARS, North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris, MN is seeking a Research Agronomist focused on weed management. The incumbent’s research will contribute to the ARS National Program, Crop Production and National Program, Soil and Air through Stewardship of Upper Midwest soil and air resources through regionally adapted management practices. The incumbent plans and executes research aimed at developing novel cropping systems based upon sound integrated weed management and weed ecology principles that may include winter cover crops, reduced tillage, and rotations. Research should integrate new and alternative crops that diversify traditional Midwest crops. The incumbent conducts individual and collaborative team research at multiple scales; collaborates with Unit and other ARS, university, and private sector scientists to achieve objectives; supervises a technician, operates/maintains a laboratory, and plot to field-scale experiments to fulfill objectives; and analyzes, interprets, and disseminates findings in scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations, and reports. https://www.usajobs.gov/

Qualifications sought


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.

Basic Qualification Requirements for Agronomy Series, 0471:
A. 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.
B. 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 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.
Evaluation of Education:Course work in such subjects as botany, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant breeding or genetics, plant ecology, plant pathology, 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 control, 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.

Additional Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below to qualify for the GS-12 and/or GS-13 grade levels. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613028300 for full details.

Contact for additional information For application assistance
Heather C. Lee
Human Resources Specialist
301-504-1410 (office) | 301-504-1537 (fax)
Application procedure  
Submit what The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

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.

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Additional Information U.S. Citizenship is required.
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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