USDA-ARS term position; Miles City, MT; drought experiment technician

The USDA Agricultural Research Service Livestock & Range Research Laboratory will be hiring a term position to conduct research from 2020 to 2023.

This position will be full-time position (GS-5) with paid holidays, sick and annual leave.  The position is now open and closes 6/26/2020.

The posted announcement can be found at USA Jobs ( and enter the keyword: ARS-S20Y-10839365-AED

The position will support research on drought resilience of rangelands in the Northern Great Plains.  We are conducting an experiment in Montana that is replicated in Wyoming.  The experiment tests the effects of several drought and grazing treatments on numerous plant and soil properties.  The position will be supervised by research scientists and will provide opportunities to gain experience with plant and soil field and lab techniques; working with livestock; data collection, entry, and processing; and installation and maintenance of rainfall exclusion shelters. Work will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor settings and may involve sitting for long periods of time or physical activity under potentially extreme working conditions (e.g., high heat, pollen levels).  A familiarity with rangeland plants and plant biology is preferred.

Suggested majors are Soil Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resources, Rangeland Ecology, and Botany.

Questions may be directed to:

Dr. Kurt Reinhart, Research Ecologist, 406-874-8211,