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Job Openings for Plant Protections & Quarantine Officers

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), is a major program within the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. PPQ safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment or spread of animal and plant pests, diseases, pathogens and noxious weeds. PPQ's team of scientists, program specialists, and support personnel execute this complex mission through various means, including: collection and analysis of pest data both in the mainland United States and offshore; surveying for and detecting exotic (foreign) pests and diseases in the United States; developing quarantine policies and regulatory requirements for agricultural commodities and plant resources; inspecting propagative plant materials for importation; and, responding to plant health treats.

Please note: entry level positions as a Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist require the applicant to take and pass a pre-employment test administered by the Office of Personnel Management. Candidates selected for positions must successfully complete within their first year of employment an eight week training course at PPQ's Professional Development Center in Frederick, Maryland. Candidates must have earned at least 24 credit hours of college level courses in plant science, entomology, biology, or closely related courses. All candidates must be citizens of the United States.

Specific opportunities and their locations can be found at the USAJOBS website:

For further information, contact the National Recruitment Coordinator, Plant Protection and Quarantine: (800) 762-2738.


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