APHIS Foreign Service

Last Modified: April 23, 2024
Foreign Service

The APHIS Foreign Service is the foundation for our work overseas. Our officers form lasting relationships in-country, representing America at the highest levels abroad to safeguard U.S. agricultural health.

Our Foreign Service Officers are trained diplomats and technical experts who thrive in a global environment and have a passion for public service. In collaboration with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the APHIS Foreign Service applies scientific knowledge to help resolve plant and animal health issues in a variety of dynamic, challenging settings. 

Our work supports two critical missions—keeping U.S. agriculture healthy and ensuring market opportunities for American producers.

Join the Foreign Service!

We seek adaptable, motivated people from all educational backgrounds to join the APHIS Foreign Service. If you want a prestigious career where you can make a difference for U.S. agriculture, come find your future with us!

To become an APHIS Foreign Service Officer, you must:

  • have a degree in Plant Pathology, Agriculture, or Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine,
  • be a U.S. citizen,
  • be available for worldwide assignments, and
  • be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Top Secret Security Clearance and a worldwide medical clearance.

Are You Ready?

Visit our Foreign Service careers page to get started.

APHIS Career Fields: Foreign Service

Become an APHIS Foreign Service Officer

More Information

Contact us at aphis.foreignservice@usda.gov.

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