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Career Opportunities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recruits a diverse group of talented, creative, motivated professionals who are invested in shaping the future of food and agricultural science. 

Current NIFA Jobs

NIFA has career opportunities in a variety of disciplines covering accounting, communications, engineering, food science, forestry, education, animal and crop sciences, grants management and many other agriculture-related disciplines. We employ program and policy specialists and analysts, grants management specialists, accountants, budget analysts, communications professionals, administrative professionals, and other career fields. More information about some of these positions at NIFA, is available at the FAQ pages on Food and Agricultural Careers.

Current NIFA job openings are listed on USAJobs. In many cases, multiple positions are being filled under a single vacancy announcement. The number of vacancies is indicated on each USAJobs vacancy announcement under the Location section. Check back frequently as we continue to announce new career opportunities. View NIFA positions on

NIFA Internship Opportunities

Most federal agencies offer internship opportunities for recent graduates through the Pathways Program. The Pathways Program includes internships for students from high school through post-graduate school. Specific job opportunities vary by office. These federal internship opportunities may open the door for full-time jobs and serve as an excellent way of entering the federal workforce.  Visit for more information.

USDA Internships and Career Opportunities includes many programs also offered at NIFA.  These are:

  • USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
  • 1994 Tribal Scholars Program
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Internship Program: NIFA supports experiential learning in food and agricultural science for undergraduate students through grants to US Colleges and Universities.  Each grant recipient has their own program of activities, student eligibility and stipends.  Some may include international experiential learning activity as long as it benefits the US food and agricultural sector.

NIFA Scholarship Programs

Explore USDA scholarship opportunities in a variety of professional and scientific fields.

NIFA Educational Scholarships programs support scholarships for baccalaureate education and fellowships for graduate and post-graduate training in food and agricultural sciences. Explore opportunities for food and agricultural science education by contacting universities funded previously by a NIFA grant:

Graduate students who wish to continue their training may wish to apply for AFRI Pre- or Postdoctoral Fellowships grants through their educational institutions.


A quick reference guide, information for Veterans and employees with disabilities, and other resources can be found on the USDA Office of Human Resources Management Recruitment Management web page.

USDA/NIFA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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