USDA ERS Agricultural Economist Kansas City, MO

Agricultural Economist

These positions are located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Economic Research Service (ERS), Food Economics (FED), Market and Trade Economics (MTED) or Resources and Rural Economics (RRED) in Kansas City, Missouri.

Agricultural Economist Duties
• Collect, process, and interpret raw data to determine the importance of survey results.
• Clean up, analyze, and manage large and complex data sets.
• Use the following statistical or data management software for economic analysis: Excel; SAS, STATA or other statistical software; R Python, SQL or other equivalent programming languages; and Tableau or other data visualization software.
• Exchange economic concepts and economic analysis in academic environments or professional forums.
• Conduct research for a complex economic study, focusing on farms and/or food sectors related to commodity or food markets, or US agriculture related to environmental or production issues.

Need to travel

Occasionally travel-you may need to travel for this position.

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Agricultural Economist Requirements

Employment conditions
• You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national
• Men born after December 31, 1959 must register for military service or be exempted
• Subject to satisfactory rulings on background checks and/or fingerprint checks
• Successfully complete the one-year probation period, unless previously held a position.
• Direct deposit? According to Public Law 104-134, all federal employees must make federal payments to their financial institutions through direct deposit
• Successfully passed the E-Verify employment verification inspection. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit E-Verify at


Important information about continuous public announcements
• This is a continuous public announcement that will be used to fill vacant positions.
• To be considered for a vacancy, applicants must submit a complete application before the specified deadline. The initial deadline is November 5, 2020 (Thursday) to begin considering initial applicants. Additional deadlines will occur on November 26, 2020, December 17, 2020, January 7, 2021, January 28, 2021, February 18, 2021, March 11, 2021, 2021 April 1, 2021, April 22, 2021, May 13, 2021, June 3, 2021, June 24, 2021, July 15, 2021, August 5, 2021, 2021 August 26 and September 16, 2021.

• Candidates who submit a complete application before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 5, 2020 (Thursday) will be reviewed and converted to qualified and qualified candidates. The announcement will remain open until the specified deadline; however, those who apply after the deadline will only be considered recommended if there are more job vacancies and/or the initial recommendation list has been exhausted To the hiring manager.
• Applicants must re-certify every three months from the date of application/certification (ie update/resubmit their application through USAJobs) in order to continue to be considered for the position. Applicants who fail to do so will not be reviewed and recommended, and will not be considered.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements, including professional experience and/or education as defined below, by the deadline (cut-off date) of the announcement.


A. Degree: Bachelor’s degree in economics (or higher), including at least 21 semesters in economics, and at least 3 semesters in statistics, accounting or calculus;


B. Combination of education and experience-the courses shown in A above are equivalent to the economics major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, you must also meet the following requirements for professional experience or education:

EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one year of federal service GS-07 level professional experience, which is directly related to the job of the position, and provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully complete the duties. For this position, professional experience includes: 1) Use automated software and statistical methods to collect and analyze economic data; 2) Prepare analysis reports on agricultural economic issues.

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