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Plant Protection Aide / Technician - Western South Dakota SD

The US Department of Agriculture has multiple temporary seasonal job openings for Plant Protection & Quarantine Aides and Technicians to help scientists study grasshoppers and other invasive pests, improve detection methods, and support research on their natural enemies. Technicians will support and help conduct important and interesting science as part of a team aimed to help safeguard America’s forests and agriculture. 

Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.


POSITION, TITLE, SERIES, GRADE:                                      

Plant Protection & Quarantine Aid/Technician                            OPENING DATE:  Currently


$17.01 - $18.96/hour based on course work and experience        CLOSING DATE: until filled or April 12, 2024

This position may be eligible for a hiring incentive.

 PROMOTIONAL POTENTIAL: NONE                                                                   

LOCATION OF POSITION: Western South Dakota, specific location is flexible.  Selected candidates will travel frequently in assigned areas of coverage.

To submit a resume or for further information please contact:

USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine            

314 South Henry, Suite 200

Pierre, South Dakota

Phone: (605) 224-1713


Applications are being accepted from the public for the following position:

This is a temporary full-time position. Employees will work during summer months, mid-May 2024 to August 2024 depending on applicant’s availability and projects assigned. The tour of duty will be four, 10-hour days with three-day weekends. In case of emergency programs, the work schedule may be altered. Paid holidays with annual and sick leave earned.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants for this position must have a high school education.  Course work or experience in Biological Sciences is preferred but is not required.

DUTIES:  Duties include visually surveying for grasshoppers and other pests in western South Dakota; collecting insects with nets and by hand; utilizing maps, GPS units, iPads and gathering data; maintaining and submitting accurate records; driving on rural/gravel roads; and possible monitoring of grasshopper suppression activities. Potential for involvement in placing and servicing insect pest detection traps, collecting and redistributing insects used for biological control of weeds.  Frequent overnight travel required – vehicle is provided and lodging and per diem is covered by the agency while in travel status.  Many of the duties require working independently, without direct supervision in rural areas.  Training will be provided.

TO APPLY:   Applicants must submit a resume and a copy of college transcripts. 

Mail or email your completed applications to address listed above.  Be sure to include your e-mail address.  Please feel free to all if you have any questions. 

All males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service Board. 

Applicants selected for Federal positions will be required to complete a background information form before entering on duty.





• Positions to be stationed in Western South Dakota
• Pay commensurate with experience, ranging from $17.01 -18.96/hr
• Applicants for this position must have a high school education.  Course work or experience in Biological Sciences is preferred. 40 hrs/wk  (four, 10 hour days). Must have a valid driver's license, be a minimum of 18 years of age, and be a US citizen. USDA is an EOE.
• Positions start in mid-May and will finish in August 2024.

U.S. Citizenship is Required