Plant Pathologist

Posted on Oct 21, 2020 via USAJobs

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture

Sarasota, FL  |   #government

 


In this position you assist the Florida Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) team to sustain the citrus industry, maintain grower access to export markets, and safeguard citrus-producing areas against citrus diseases and pests.

You will perform specialized and difficult taxonomic work, to include identification, investigative, and evaluative work in plant pathology.

You will be the point of contact survey work and program managers relating to pest biology, taxonomy and risk analysis.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree in plant pathology or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.

FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Apply complex taxonomic identification and treatment of a vast array of diseases and physiological conditions for a plant health and agricultural pest management.

Principle resource for advice and guidance for the taxonomic plant pathology identification of a wide range of bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens of citrus and related plants.

Recommend adaptive techniques for plant health quarantine programs, regulations, and treatment methods situations not covered by precedential information.

Determine significance of plant disease finds, analyze disease spread patterns, and determine the proper regulatory, survey and/or control actions.

Digital imaging techniques for the remote identification of pests.

OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.

degree or Ph.D.

or equivalent doctoral degree in plant pathology.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if: This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.

You are qualifying for the position based on education.

You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements.

The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social).

Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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