Plant Protection & Quarantine (PPQ) Technician


Multiple Locations

Job Type: Full Time (Seasonal)

Salary: $18.96 per hour

Start / End Dates: From April up to October as conditions require, 180 working days or 1039 hour.

The USDA is seeking a qualified and self-motivated individual to work as a seasonal technician, facilitating biological control and survey of invasive species in Oregon. As directed, assistance with additional USDA-APHIS-PPQ programs may be requested or required. This position requires a self-reliant and responsible individual. Routine duties include outreach to the public and interested land managers, ecological assessment and geospatial documentation of fieldwork sites, communication and coordination of detailed work with multiple cooperative agencies. Important skills for this position include safe driving habits and outdoor safety skills, technological proficiency with computers and electronic communication, independent work ethic, time management, and organization skills, willingness to interact with public and communicate clearly and responsibly to various audiences, proficiency with basic insect and plant identification. Driving up to approximately 250 miles per day and working outdoors in mixed terrain and seasonal weather is an intermittent requirement.


POSITION: PPQ Technician – limited appointment, not to exceed 180 working days or 1039 hour per year.

LOCATION: Northeast Oregon (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa or Wheeler county) or Southwest Oregon (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, or Josephine county).

SALARY: Series & Grade GS-0421-05: Pay rate $18.96 per hour

WORK SCHEDULE (FLEXIBLE): Up to 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.

DATES (FLEXIBLE): From April up to October as conditions require, 180 working days or 1039 hour.

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

Successful completion of four years of study, above high school level, that includes at least 16 semester hours in biology, plant pathology, entomology, zoology, botany, forestry, chemistry, agriculture, or physics.


General Experience: 6 months – (1) Any type of work which demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience which provided a familiarity with the subject matter or process of the broad subject area of the occupation.

Specialized Experience: 6 months – Experience which is in the occupation of the position to be filled; in a related occupation; or in one of the specialized areas within that occupation, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position upon entry.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

  • Applicant must have a valid state driver’s license and a good driving record.

  • Applicant must be able to communicate tactfully to a diverse public.

  • Applicant must reside in assigned area.

  • If selected, prior to employment, applicant must provide Official Fingerprints for background check, and:

  • Pass USDA Security Awareness Training;

  • Use a account to complete paperwork submission process.

  • Defensive Driver Training will take place first day of employment.



For general questions, contact Colin Park (

Submit applications electronically to Cynthia Ross (, or by mail to:
6035 NE 78th Court, Ste 100
Portland, OR 97218

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons such as race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status


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