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 Office of Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity (ODEO)

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Outreach and Recruitment

Careers in ARS
As the principal in-house scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has career opportunities for permanent and temporary employees. Being a scientific research agency, many of the careers available are in the life, physical, and engineering sciences. ARS employs research scientists, postdoctoral research associates, support scientists and research technicians, as well as positions in various professional, technical, administrative, secretarial and clerical, and trades and crafts occupational areas.

Your work will matter - to everyday people from babies to seniors; to farmers and ranchers; to all kinds of businesses large and small; and to a future world with many more people to feed, less land suitable for growing crops and sustaining livestock, and an environment under increasing pressure from myriad sources.

When we search for new people to join ARS, we look for individuals with intelligence, creativity, and energy intrigued by 21st century challenges and eager to solve them.

Visit the ARS Careers website at

The Outreach and Recruitment Staff can answer questions you have about the federal application process and careers in ARS.

Outreach and Recruitment Branch Contacts


USDA Pathways Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers different pathway opportunities for students and recent graduates to work in the agricultural, science, technology, math, environmental, management, business and many other fields. USDA offers internships to students and recent graduates to help them to excel in their chosen fields.

USDA Internship Program

The USDA Internship Program provides paid work experiences for students who are in high school or pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accredited college or university (including Home-Schooling, Certificate Programs and Community Colleges). Interns may work during the summer, fall, spring or year round. Please apply at - Students and Recent Graduates

USDA Recent Graduates Program

The USDA Recent Graduates Program provides individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs with developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service. Participants must have obtained a degree, or completed a qualifying career or technical education program within the preceding 2 years. Veterans are eligible to participate to the program within 6 years of obtaining a degree or graduating qualifying program.

USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program

The USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program is a prestigious, competitive program that is managed by the Office of Personnel Management. The PMF Program supports leadership development for recent graduates who have been pre-qualified or recommended by a network of graduate schools. Graduates are provided with a 2 year appointment at USDA that may lead to conversion to a permanent appointment.

For information on USDA ARS Pathways, please contact ARS Careers at or at (202) 720-6161.


USDA/1890 Capacity Building Grants
USDA/1890 Centers of Excellence
USDA Liaison Programs
White House Initiatives
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI)
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)