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Plant Protection and Quarantine Technicians (PPQ Tech) - St. Croix - Virgin Islands

Hello and thanks for your interest in a career with USDA APHIS PPQ!

Please note this is an Outreach Notice to make you aware of a Plant Protection Technician Position in St. Croix, Virgin Islands!! Please apply through USA Jobs (link provided within announcement). 

This is a full-time term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing). For more details click: Term Appointments

Term positions like this include medical benefits, retirement, thrift savings plan, Paid Vacation, Sick Time, Holiday Leave and more!

The vacancy announcement is open until August 20th.

Salary is GS 7
$44,740 - $58,158 per year

As a Plant Protection Technician, you implement domestic programs within an assigned geographic area to prevent the establishment and/or artificial spread of plant pests and diseases into new areas. If selected, you provide support to Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Officers with surveys; control measures; biocontrol and biotechnology activities; and export of regulated agricultural commodities within PPQ, Field Operations (FO).


  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Participates with supervisor in planning and coordinating survey/control measures by furnishing information about the presence and extent of plant diseases and/or insects, and effect of treatments.
  • Determines and evaluates for the presence and extent of suspect plant diseases, insects, noxious weeds or other plant pests.
  • Enforces Federal and/or State regulatory orders to restrict movement or issue certificates permitting movement of plants, plant products, and equipment into or out of regulated areas.
  • Reviews compliance agreements and assists in taking steps to ensure compliance stipulations are followed.
  • Maintains daily records of inspection work, control measures and regulatory procedures applied; prepares reports and maps on the activities and accomplishments within the assigned area.
  • Inspects and surveys properties such as farms, rangeland, nurseries, shipping points, etc. for the presence of harmful plants and plant pests.
  • Uses GPS/GIS equipment to independently gather information on the pest to be surveyed; request or prepare maps used in connection with survey activities; assist in delineating and defining quarantine.

I wish you the best in all your career pursuits! Please reach out to me with any recruiting questions.


Tom Colarusso


Outreach and Recruitment

Call/ Text: 518-420-9779