Research technician in pollinating insect ecology

When February 4, 2021 5:00 PM to April 1, 2021 6:00 PM

Where Sidney, MT

Contact Josh Campbell



The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to assist in pollinating insect research. Our research primarily focuses on habitat management impacts on native bees, honey bees, and other insect pollinators. The diverse work duties will include assisting with field work that involves setting up/taking down various insect traps and collecting insects with sweep nets. In addition to field work, the individual will also conduct lab work that primarily involves sorting and pinning insects, and data entry. Overnight travel to surrounding states may be required, with government vehicles provided. Candidates will gain hands on experience with diverse field sampling and experimental methods, as well as insect and plant identification techniques, while working in a team oriented research environment.


Salary: Full time, $12.33-$13.45 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and education.  The candidate will receive overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week.


Dates: Mid-May through the end of September, depending on a candidate's availability with the possibility of an extension.  


Qualifications: The candidate should be able to walk rapidly over rangeland, be physically fit, lift up to 50lbs. and able to spend long hours in difficult field conditions (hot weather, biting insects) and should not be scared of or allergic to bees or wasps. Willingness to work long days and weekends when necessary is a must. Valid driver's license required. Undergraduate course work in entomology and botany, and previous field research experience working with insects in the Northern Great Plains is preferred, but not required. Must be a US citizen.


Application process: Please send cover letter describing relevant experience or coursework, resume (including major, relevant experience/coursework, technical skills, and prior employment), and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Josh Campbell ( Be sure to include available start and end dates.


Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the research program visit: or contact us directly.


Title: Biological Science Aide 

Series: 0404  Grade: GS2 or GS3

Vacancy Announcement Number: Seasonal L/A 

Location: USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab, Sidney, Montana  

USDA is an equal opportunity employer.         

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).