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Bee collecting techs in Logan, UTWhy Join the NPA?

The Northern Plains Area offers a multitude of interesting and challenging career opportunities in a variety of disciplines as well as temporary employment for students and post-docs. In addition, skilled administrative support jobs are also found at NPA's 14 locations, all of which are located in family-friendly small to mid-sized cities, and most with a college or university nearby.

Scientists in the field

The home communities of NPA locations provide enviable and affordable lifestyles, friendly neighborhoods, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, outstanding school systems, and rewarding career possibilities. And the NPA work environment is equally inviting. Consider that our USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska was named one of the “Best places to work, 2006” by Scientist magazine for its sense of mission, collaboration, research resources and freedom, living costs, geographic location and personal fulfillment. Those same factors are typical of our other NPA locations, as well. Check out the NPA employee newsletter, VOICES, for stories and articles about life in the NPA.

The Northern Plains Area complies with all EEO rules and regulations, and is committed to a diversified work force. Men, women and members of historically underrepresented groups are invited to consider ARS as a career. Citizenship restrictions apply (learn more about the citizenship requirements and restrictions here.)

To learn more about a specific research location and its surrounding community select from the list at right and/or check out our “Life in the NPA” page for convenient links to key websites providing information on schools, recreation, business climate and more for each of our 13 research locations.

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Current NPA Job Vacancies (Permanent, Term, Post Doc, and Pathways):

Positions in NPA (and ARS) can be found at ARS Jobs on USAJobs.gov. Note that vacancies may be advertised for as few as five working days, and vacancies open and close throughout the week.

Below is a list of positions currently vacant in the Northern Plains Area, listed by state and updated weekly. To find out more about each post that interests you, click on the link provided. Additional information may also be available at each NPA Location linked from the NPA Location map on the NPA homepage.

Colorado
We have no openings at this time.

Kansas
We have no openings at this time.

Montana
We have no openings at this time.

Nebraska
Secretary (OA), Clay Center NE, GS – 05/06
Open 10/10-10/17/14. Also advertised as merit promotion.

North Dakota
We have no openings at this time.

South Dakota
We have no openings at this time.

Utah
Supervisory Research Entomologist, Logan UT, GS 14/15
Open 9/19-10/31/14. Also announced under merit promotion and VEOA.

Supervisory Research Entomologist, Logan UT, GS 14/15
Open 9/19-10/31/14.

Wyoming
We have no openings at this time.

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Applicant Tips and Resources:

(These links take you to the main ARS national site, unless otherwise noted)

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Additional ARS Job Listings:

To view the complete list of open vacancy announcements for ARS, use the links below:

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Last Modified: 10/10/2014