Survey Scout, United States Department of Agriculture

travel throughout Wyoming

Job Title: Survey Scout

Organization: United States Department of Agriculture

Duties:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • The ability to communicate and work effectively with the agricultural 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 devices is required.
  • Ability to work and navigate in rural and/or remote areas is required.
  • Ability to use several different types of navigational tools together such as various types of paper maps with handheld GPS to reach a specific location.
  • 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

Travel: Employees will be expected to travel within Wyoming. Travel may be extensive (i.e. several weeks per month.) Travel expenses will be paid for by APHIS. In most, but not all, situations employees will be returning to their home (duty station) for weekends.

WORK HOURS:  Tour of duty consist of four 10-hour days for a 40-hour work week plus necessary overtime.  Overtime work involving weekends, holidays, or longer than the tour of duty is unlikely but may be required based on program needs.

Salary/pay: $13.45 or $15.10

Anticipated Dates: late May to late August

Application Deadline: March 12

How to Apply: Interested applicants must be 18 years of age by the time of employment and should submit:

  • A resume. Please 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.
  • An OF-306, Application for Federal Employment which may be obtained at most Federal agencies, or on line at http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp
  • Applicants should also include a listing of high school and college level science & agriculture courses completed. Official transcripts are preferred!

Applications may be mailed to the address below, faxed to 307-432-7970 or e-mailed to: Bruce.A.Shambaugh@usda.gov