USDA APHIS seeks tree biologist to work on risk assessments of GE plants (apply by 22 Sept 2021)

Thanks to IPRRG member Abby Walter for alerting us to this opportunity!

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) announces the opening of a Biological Scientist (Tree Biotechnologist) position, GS-0401-13 in USAJobs. This permanent position is located in BRAP’s Plants Branch in Riverdale, MD.  The vacancy announcement opened September 16, 2021 and closes on September 22, 2021. 

The vacancy is advertised as Direct Hire (open to the public and current federal employees) under Announcement  #DH-11227918-21-BR and can be viewed at: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares appropriate plant pest risk assessments and weediness reviews within the mandated time period according to Agency regulations, guidelines, or standard operating procedures.
  • Provides scientific, technical, and analytical support to BRS management, other biotechnologists and biological scientists, and other Divisions/Units of the Agency.
  • Provides effective and reliable scientific support in the development or revision of BRS policy, guidelines, standards, information requirements, and strategic goals.
  • Collaborates with and supports other APHIS and BRS program units and other agency initiatives, including NEPA compliance, Plant Health Programs, and international efforts, as appropriate.
  • Consults with other experts from the national and international scientific community and advises on the development of multinational standards, risk assessment frameworks, and agreements or policy.
  • Represents BRS at professional society conferences, committees, and meetings at the national and international levels.
  • Responsible for maintaining familiarity with the world’s biotechnology literature on horticultural and managed forest plants.
  • Primary contact with the Compliance Evaluation and Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Branches of BRS’ Regulatory Operations Programs.

Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) is responsible for the coordination and regulatory oversight of genetically engineered plants and plant pests and acts as a biotechnology liaison between agencies within USDA and between USDA and governmental and private organizations.