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Agriculture Specialist

Agriculture Specialist

Agriculture Specialists use their scientific education and expertise to protect American agriculture and the food supply by preventing the introduction of harmful pests, plant and animal diseases and biological threats. You will also have the authority to seize prohibited or contaminated items which could cause great harm. Your training will allow you to make a difference in both the daily lives and the future of the American people while playing a critical role in the Department of Homeland Security.

Your mission begins proactively as you act on tips, check databases, interact with other agencies and use your analytical skills to complete work in the lab.

With a degree in botany, entomology, biology or plant pathology, you will be able to recognize questionable and dangerous agricultural commodities, flag them for inspection and oversee their testing or destruction. You will educate travelers about why certain agricultural commodities and meat products are seized. This is a job of details—but, they are important details to ensuring the safety of our nation.


Customs and Border Protection

Salary Range

$28,862 – $56,849

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