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Careers with the USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory

The North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (NCARL) is a research unit of the Agricultural Research Service and United States Department of Agriculture.  NCARL employs approximately 30 full time permanent employees and a varying number of student employees depending on the time of year (field season, etc.).


Many disciplines relating to agriculture and agricultural production are represented at NCARL.  Soil Science, Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Microbiology, and Entomology are some areas of research performed at our laboratory.

Current NCARL employees include:  

w       Scientists

w       Postdoctoral Research Associates

w       Administrative, Technical, Clerical and Trades

w       Student and Summer Employment


Currently recruiting: 


Biological Science Aid--agronomy/oat

Paid Internships x 3 - Summer 2024: Microbiology Lab, Insect Ecology Lab, Soil Invertebrate Lab

full-time internships, 8-12 weeks beginning June 2, $17/hour


Biological Science Aid--entomology


NCARL has a strong commitment to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. The Plains Area EEO/Diversity policy statement provides details on our policies and commitment.


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North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory
2923 Medary Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006
Ph: 605-693-3241
Fax: 605-693-5240


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 Brookings, SD
ARS openings in South Dakota
ARS openings nationwide