Agriculturist (National Policy Manager) GS-14

USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine

About the organization

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program safeguards U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural products.

PPQ explores scientific frontiers, develops new plant protection methods, and makes critical advancements that safeguard our nation’s agricultural and natural resources while facilitating the safe global trade of agricultural products. Plant Protection Today highlights our latest innovations and most successful programs and activities.

This position is located within APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). You will be tasked to coordinate national pest programs, coordinate plant health emergencies, manage pest surveys and detections, and/or develop regulatory strategies for pest incursions.


The duties may include, but are not limited to:

Responsible for day-to-day program management, including performance management, tracking deadlines and issues, and records management for assigned portfolio

Participates in the operational planning, development, implementation, management and evaluation of long term projects for those pests that are not mitigated

Leads or serves on teams of plant health and quarantine experts of study, evaluates, assesses and/or responds to new, emerging, and established plant health risks

Identifies, evaluates, and performs analysis of the issues; develops options and recommendations supported by in-depth, accurate and appropriate technical data; communicates findings

Conducts national program reviews and monitors feedback to ensure overall program effectiveness

Is responsible for developing guidance for scientific-based regulatory policies, protocols, operational plans, budgets, strategic plans, action plans, regulations, guidelines and Federal Orders

Discusses technical issues, renders expert advice, resolves problems, coordinates projects and activities, conducts sensitive negotiations, and convinces high-level agency and industry officials

Prepares written administrative documents and presentations, including pest survey reports, situational reports, operational plans, briefing papers, decision memorandum, information memos, and/or position papers


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$103,690 to $159,286 per year

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