Status: Full-time position
Location: Yakima, WA; Worcester, MA
Job Summary: The incumbent serves as a technician for Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ).
You are assigned a geographic area for which you have responsibility for helping PPQ Officers with the planning, coordinating, and directing the survey, control, and regulatory functions for PPQ programs, including biocontrol and biotechnology activities.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
Qualifications: Successful completion of 1 full year of graduate education that included at least 18 semester hours in courses such as biology, plant pathology, entomology, zoology, botany, forestry, chemistry, agriculture or physics.
Duties: The duties for this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Participates fully with the supervisor in planning, scheduling, and coordinating survey and control measures conducted within their assigned area by furnishing specific information about their work area that will allow successful program accomplishment.
Inspects and surveys properties (farms, rangeland, nurseries, shipping points, etc.) for the presence of harmful plants, insects and plant diseases.
Directs and/or conducts approved control and eradication measures including the adoption of cultural practices, sanitation measures, biological controls, and the application of herbicides, insecticides, nematicide and fungicides in proper proportions or dosages.
Enforces Federal and/or State plant quarantines and regulatory orders which restrict movement of plants, plant products and equipment into or out of regulated areas. Issues certificates permitting the movement of regulated articles.
Maintains daily records of inspection work, control measures and regulatory procedures applied. Reviews compliance agreements and takes steps to ensure conformance.