Vacancy Announcement upcoming for PPQ Plant Health Safeguarding Specialists in South Florida

A vacancy announcement that will be released soon for positions with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA APHIS PPQ) in Florida. USDA APHIS PPQ FL will be advertising to fill a combined eight PPQ Plant Health Safeguarding Specialists (PHSS)/ PPQ Officer positions in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Other opportunities are also currently available, including Plant Protection Technician positions at various locations in Florida.

We will be announcing these PHSS positions two ways:

1. Merit Promotion (for current qualified Federal personnel); and

2. Recent Graduate (can be outside Federal government but must have completed your qualifying degree in the last 2 years or last 6 years if you have Veteran’s status).

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.


A: Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B: Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To receive timely notification of the position openings, alerts can be set up in USAJOBS to obtain all of the vacancy announcements using series (PHSS positions are the 0401 series and Plant Protection Technicians are the 0421 series), position title, and/or preferred duty locations in the USAJOBS keyword search. If you are interested in applying for these permanent positions, you need to begin preparing now. There is information on the with tips on how to apply for Federal positions as well as training videos available on YouTube, including “Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government”.

We appreciate your help in sharing this information within your networks to help us recruit energetic, well-qualified individuals to become part of USDA APHIS PPQ and help to protect our agriculture and natural resources from the introduction and movement of exotic plant pests as well as facilitate exports.