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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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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 Note that vacancies may be advertised for as few as five working days, and vacancies open and close throughout the week. 

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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Career Opportunities

The links below are to current ARS job openings listed at the official job site of the US Federal Government, USAJOBS.

ARS openings nationwide

* Note: the links above are to "Only Jobs Open to ALL U.S. Citizens" so if you are a current or former federal employee, be sure to select "ALL Jobs" to refine your search at the USAJOBS site.

Last Modified: 11/4/2014
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