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As the statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, our mission is to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. NASS is the official source of comprehensive, current information on the farms, ranches, and people who provide food, feed, and fiber to our nation and the world.

Who We Are

We are a diverse team of professionals from many different geographic areas and academic backgrounds. Some have in-depth knowledge and training in statistics and mathematics, others have statistics and math course work but majored in other fields. NASS staff are largely statisticians, mathematicians, and computer scientists and other information technology specialists. Our staff also includes economists, geographers, managers, and administrative, budget, and communications professionals.

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What We Do

We collect, assemble, analyze, and disseminate up-to-date, comprehensive data about U.S. agriculture. We conduct more than 400 weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual surveys each year in order to provide data and reports that others rely on to make farm-level, business, and policy decisions related to agriculture. Every five years, we also conduct the Census of Agriculture, a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches, regardless of the size or type of operation. In addition, we conduct ongoing research on survey design, sampling, and other cutting-edge statistical issues. The combination of rapidly changing agriculture, new statistical methods, and state-of-the-art computer and remote-sensing technology makes this an exciting era for NASS professionals.

Our Products

Our data and reports cover a broad range of issues, including agricultural production and inventories, farm labor and wages, farm income and finances, kinds and amounts of chemicals used in farming, the conditions of specific crops, livestock inventories and trends, rural development, and agriculture industries such as flour milling, ethanol, cotton, and fats and oils, to name just some of the information we produce.

Our Staff

To do all of this work we employ:

  • Agricultural or survey statisticians
  • Mathematical statisticians
  • Information technology specialists
  • Finance, communications, human resource, administrative, and other professionals

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NASS Jobs

Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting your career, NASS offers excellent career opportunities and a dynamic, rewarding work environment. Nearly 70 percent of NASS employees are statisticians and another 11 percent are IT specialists, but NASS hires from a wide range of backgrounds. If you are interested in impartial, objective data, have a background or even just an interest in agriculture trends and issues, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn and grow throughout your career, consider joining the NASS team. Opportunities for advancement are excellent.

Vacancies

All NASS vacancies are posted to the USAJOBS website but you can also access them here on the NASS site. If you don’t see the job for you today, come back often or set up an ongoing search at www.USAJOBS.gov.


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Resources

For assistance on the USAJobs site, see “How to. . . “ under the Help tab to learn how to create and manage a USAJobs account, understand the job announcement, apply for a NASS or other federal position, create a federal resume, and follow up.

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Why Join the NASS Team?

  1. Make a difference.
  2. Work with smart, motivated colleagues.
  3. Enjoy excellent pay, benefits, and work-life balance.
  4. Advance your education.
  5. Pursue career opportunities at our Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in offices across the country.

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Students and Recent Graduates

Government-wide Pathways Programs provide opportunities for current students and recent graduates to get started in federal service working in agriculture, science, statistics, math, and other fields. NASS hires under both the Internship and Recent Graduates programs.

Internship Program — Students in high school (including home schooling) or pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a qualifying institution (including certificate programs and community colleges) have the opportunity for paid work experience while pursuing their education. Interns may work during the summer, during academic semesters, or year round.

Recent Graduates Program — Individuals who graduated from a qualifying institution or program in the last two years (six years for veterans) participate in a dynamic one-year program offering a full-time position that includes mentoring, training, professional development, and a potential long-term career in the federal government.

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Veterans' Preference

If you are applying as a veteran, you should be aware that NASS, like the federal government generally, gives eligible veterans certain preferences during the application and hiring process. Veterans' preference does not guarantee the veteran a job but it does provide assistance in competing for a federal job.

For information on veterans' preference, see the USDA Veterans Employment Program and the government-wide Feds Hire Vets online resource.

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Disability Accommodation

The federal government makes it a priority to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. USDA encourages the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities, and provides reasonable accommodation in both the hiring and interview process as well as once employed.

For more information on disability accommodation, see the USDA Disability Employment Program and the federal government’s Disability Employment Policies.

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Last Modified: 05/17/2018