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Research Leader – Range Scientist (Invasive Plants) with USDA ARS in Reno, NV

Type of position Permanent, GS14/15
Employer USDA ARS
Description of Employer The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS scientists work on finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table.
Location Reno, NV
Description of Location The Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit’s (GBRR) mission is development of management guidelines, technologies, and practices for conserving and restoring Great Basin rangelands and development of tools and techniques to assess the effectiveness of these management actions to improve sustainable agricultural practices.

The following links provide more detailed information about the GBBR, including research projects, the team, and history:


Salary $108,885 – $166,502
Benefits Comprehensive benefits package.
Closing date of competition 12/17/21
Date position available TBD
Description of duties

Maintain or enhance ecosystem processes that facilitate desired plant community and wildlife habitat.

Conduct research to further understand mechanisms of invasion, control strategies for exotic weeds and encroaching native species, restoration techniques and their impact on rangeland/soil health.

Improve rangeland/soil health and enhance sustainability of rangelands thus ensuring food and water security of the U.S.

Evaluate the effects of disturbances, land use and climate on rangeland vegetation and soil dynamics.

Develop and evaluate management practices that reduce the impact of invasive weeds and improve perennial forage and wildlife habitat.

Qualifications sought

Must be a US Citizen or US National.

PhD in range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:

Range Management – At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.

Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences — At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.

Related Resource Management Studies — At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management

Contact for additional information For questions about the position:
Steve Young
Crop Production and Protection
Office of National Programs
Beltsville, MD 20705
Email: stephen.young(a)usda.gov
Application procedure  
Submit what Apply at USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/622125200#summary
Submit to For technical/HR related questions:
Taylor Hood
Agricultural Research Service
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710
Additional Information 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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