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Education and background for employment


The SWRC's current research focuses on erosion and sedimenation, hydrology, decision support systems, and remote sensing. Research Scientists have a PhD in one of these fields. Technicians have master or bachelor level college diplomas. We also employ full-time and part-time maintenance workers and clerical staff. And we often hire students, especially for part-time work, summer jobs, and internships. Like all US Federal agencies, we are an Equal Opportunity employer, and citizenship requirements apply.


Posted job opportunities generally include requirements for specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). These are directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the respective job. Applicants should pay close attention to these factors, and applications should directly support personal qualifications relating to each factor. Also please clearly indicate citizenship status on job applications.



Tucson boasts the best of both worlds...the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. Tucson's rich cultural heritage centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. Blessed with the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life.

Tucson's climate varies from the 2400 foot desert basin to the 9100 foot forests of the Santa Catalina mountains. The City's dry desert air and winter sunshine make it a popular health and winter resort. The City is home to the University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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ARS Careers


ARS is the principal in-house research agency within the US Department of Agriculture, with over 100 research locations throughout the United States and in several countries. To learn more about careers with other ARS research locations, visit the ARS Careers website:

You can also learn more about careers with all Federal agencies by using the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS website:


USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

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 in Tucson, AZ
ARS openings in Arizona
ARS openings nationwide