Career Opportunities

At NIFA, we consider the professionalism and commitment of our staff a vital asset. We offer an environment where employees share collegiality and mutual respect that comes from working toward a shared mission. Our employees share a strong commitment to excellence and service to the nation. NIFA regularly seeks talented and skilled individuals dedicated to supporting agricultural science and investing in our future. NIFA employees benefit from a workplace culture that values work-life balance—we offer flexible scheduling and telework options as well as other support programs. In addition, our Employee Engagement Committee is dedicated to ensuring an inclusive and supportive workplace culture and a satisfied workforce.


Below is a current list of agency jobs located in the Washington, DC area.

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Student and Summer Employment

NIFA offers opportunities through the Pathways Program for students and recent graduates to work in a wide range of fields including the agricultural, environmental, and social sciences as well as business and information technology. USDA offers internships to students and recent graduates to help them to excel in their chosen fields. Questions regarding any of the three USDA Pathways Programs can be directed to

USDA Internship Program

The USDA Internship Program provides paid work experiences for students who are in high school or pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accredited college or university. Interns may work during any semester. Visit for more information and how to apply.

USDA Recent Graduates Program

This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion, Veterans precluded from doing so due to military service obligation will have up to six years to apply. Apply here!

USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program

The USDA Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a prestigious, competitive program that is managed by the Office of Personnel Management. The PMF Program supports leadership development for recent graduates who have been pre-qualified or recommended by a network of graduate schools. Graduates are provided with a two-year appointment at USDA that may lead to conversion to a permanent appointment. Link to more information on the PFM program.            

Human Resources 

Human Resources supports NIFA with employee staffing and classification; employee retirement and benefits; ethics and employee relations matters; and payroll.