Careers at ERS
Do You Want a Job with a Competitive Salary, Great Benefits, and Job Security?
USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) is actively seeking economic researchers and social science analysts!
What You Can Expect Working at ERS
Join a great team of renowned experts working on topics of national importance and affect policy decisions made at the highest levels of government! ERS researchers conduct timely, policy-relevant research on such issues as childhood obesity, global food security, health and nutrition, climate change, bioenergy, and food safety.
At ERS you'll find satisfaction in conducting independent and collaborative research on issues that matter, and a challenging environment in which to continue your professional career. You will partner with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and interact with other professionals through team projects, seminars, and collaboration with peers in academia, government, and other organizations. ERS researchers have access to robust data and state of the art technology, and publish in a broad array of academic journals and other high-quality publications.
Our management team strives for excellence in the workplace. In the 2008 ERS organizational survey, employees ranked ERS high in: job satisfaction, effective leadership, strategic management, teamwork, and training and development.
What You Can Expect as a Federal Employee
The Federal Government pays well and offers great benefits. As an ERS employee you will receive 11 paid holidays and 13 paid vacation days in the first year. Our life and health insurance benefits and our flexible spending account options often exceed those offered by private industry. Flexible schedules and teleworking opportunities allow you to maintain a work-life balance rarely found elsewhere. You will also get 401(k)-like retirement benefits that will transfer throughout your career.
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The Economic Research Service (ERS) Postdoctoral Program
ERS has openings for Postdoctoral positions in Washington, DC, in the following subject areas:
Natural resources, environment and energy: Economist
Incumbent will research the economic and environmental implications of alternative policy approaches for increasing agriculture's ecosystem services, with particular attention to market-based approaches. New and emerging access to geospatial and farm- and field-level survey data provides a significant opportunity to expand...
Are You a Student Looking for an Internship?
On December 27, 2010, Executive Order 13562 was signed by the President to establish the Pathways Program. This program replaced the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Employment Program (SCEP). The Pathways Program has different programs that best suits the student. In the Internship Program, ERS hires students for positions in the summer. The summer internship program provides paid opportunities for the student to work full-time or half-time until September 30th. A student must be enrolled full-time or half-time at an accredited school (high school, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college, university, graduate, or professional school) and be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or better). All student positions are advertised via usajobs.gov. The student must submit all required documents via usajobs.gov.
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