USDA APHIS National Taxonomist – Botany Position

The APHIS National Taxonomist – Botany position is currently posted on USAJOBS. The vacancy announcement numbers pertaining to this position are:

Merit Promotion – 6PQ-APHIS-MA-2018-0683,

Case Exam - 24PQ-APHIS-MA-2018-0682,

The announcements will be in USAJOBS from October 1, 2018 until October 15, 2018. However, during this period, USAJOBS will be down beginning at 12:01 AM ET on Friday, October 5, 2018 but will be back up and running no later than 11:59 PM ET on Monday, October 8, 2018 (the Columbus Day holiday). Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in this position.

HR has kindly shared some friendly reminders that may be helpful in applying for positions like the National Botanist position. They are as follows:

1) A Curriculum Vitae is common when applying to academic positions but when applying to federal positions a resume should include:

● Additional details besides a list of job titles, publications, grants, presentations, etc.

● Actual duties performed for each position held

2) If a submitted resume does NOT provide information to determine specialized experience or actual duties performed, a Ph.D. degree is only qualifying for a GS-11 grade level or equivalent.

3) Additional information is available thru the USAJOBS website:

4) College Transcripts If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university.

5) If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the education was evaluated by a credential evaluation service as being equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

6) It is highly recommended that applicants have foreign education evaluated to include the list of the specific coursework acquired and NOT just the awarded degree.

Please contact Clarissa J. Maroon-Lango, Ph. D., Assistant Director, National Identification Services (NIS), for more information (Phone: 301-851-2328; E-mail: