Weed science Society of America Logo


Invasive Plant Ecologist with USDA-ARS in Burns, OR

Type of position Full-time, permanent
Employer USDA-ARS
Description of Employer The ARS Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit provides the science for sound land and livestock management. The research focuses on productivity, weed invasions, species composition, and water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles of Great Basin rangeland and meadow plant communities. Specific projects address the impacts of grazing, fire, invasions by juniper and other species, and climate on rangeland and meadow plants. The location is also committed to technology transfer and community outreach activities.
Location Burns, OR
Description of Location Oregon’s southeast corner is an area of remote and rugged beauty. Far from the wet coastline and forested mountains that characterize the state’s western region, this high-desert country is full of volcanic craters, craggy mountain peaks, untraveled back roads and abundant wildlife. Burns was named by early town leaders for the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Thousands of years before American settlers arrived, the ancestors of the existing Burns Paiute Tribe thrived in this area. Currently, many residents make their living on cattle ranches that have operated since the late 19th century.
Salary $79,363 – $144,976 per year
Closing date of competition 09/06/2022
Date position available TBD
Description of duties

The position will focus on the development of sound and sustainable approaches for managing rangeland systems that are impacted by woody and herbaceous invasive plants. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work at a range of scales from plant communities to entire regions, while incorporating ecological processes and factors related to plant invasion. The research team at the Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit is made up of range and plant scientists who have expertise in livestock management, rangeland ecology, plant physiology, and the use of models that contribute to decision support tools and other aids for land managers and technical service providers. Opportunities abound for collaborating with colleagues at Oregon State University, the ARS Forage and Range Research Laboratory in Utah, and the ARS Invasive Plant Research Unit in Montana with projects specific to plant trait selection and habitat restoration.

Qualifications sought

PhD in weed science, range science, or related field

Contact for additional information Steve Young ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what See website: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/669385600
Submit to Sindy Leon

[email protected]

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.