Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS)-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) – Survey Scout, USDA

Across Wyoming

Job Title: Survey Scout

Organization: USDA

Type of opportunity: USDA- Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS)-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is advertising for Survey Scout(s) to conduct insect pest surveys and related cooperative management programs throughout Wyoming.

Contact: 866-WYPEST1 (toll free) or 307-432-7979

Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting visual surveys for specific invasive weeds and insect pests
  • Conducting trapping and surveillance for insect pest programs
  • Conducting biological control agent collections, releases, and monitoring
  • Conducting management programs which may involve limited insecticide treatments
  • Accomplishing all related record keeping, data entry, and mapping as assigned
  • Communicating closely and working effectively with stakeholders and cooperators
  • Operating 4×4 vehicles and off road vehicles (ORVs) supplied by APHIS.

Desired qualifications:

  • The ability to work constructively and effectively with the rancher/farmer community, and the federal, tribal, state, county cooperators involved, as well as with co-workers.
  • * The ability to follow guidelines and instructions, to be self motivated and to work effectively, efficiently and independently with little direct supervision.
  • * An academic background or interest in biology, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, agriculture, pest management, range management or related field is desirable but not required.
  • * A ranch/farm or other agricultural background is desirable but not required.
  • * Experience in operating ATV’s and 4-wheel drive vehicles is desirable but not required.
  • * Experience in using computers and handheld mobile GPS devices is desirable but not required.
  • * Willingness to work in rural and/or remote areas and the ability to use maps/GPS to navigate and accurately record locations in such areas.
  • * In addition to the “skill/experience considerations”, listed above, APHIS will consider the potential of the individual selected to work “seasonally,” for the next one to multiple years.

Salary/pay:

GS-3 earns $12.74 per hour

GS-4 earns $14.30 per hour

How to apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume. (Provide complete and specific qualifications which include job-related training, experience, etc. including years/months of farm or ranch background, skills, education, awards or commendations. Specify related experience by length of time and hours per week worked, e.g. Ranch hand – 6 summers – June to Sept – 40 hours per week, Weed and Pest Employee – 3 months – 40 hours per week. ), and an OF-306 to the address below by March 8, 2019. Applicants should also include a listing of high school and college level science & agriculture courses completed.

OF-306 applications may be obtained at most Federal agencies or online at http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp, or by contacting the address below:

USDA, APHIS, PPQ

5353 Yellowstone Rd., Suite 208

Cheyenne, WY 82009

PH: 307-432-7979

All applications may be mailed to the above address, faxed to 307-432-7970 or e-mailed to: Bruce.A.Shambaugh@aphis.usda.gov

Application deadline: March 8, 2019