Position Details

Economist (ESC)

ID: AWY-016 Location: Casper, WY Posted Date: 1/17/2024 Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $31.50 Hours/Week: 20     Minimum Age: 55

Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals aged 55 and over to support the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a grant administered program awarded to National Experienced Workforce Solutions (NEW Solutions). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise, and experience will truly be valued. The ACES program provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with NRCS staff who are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period. Positions listed here do not guarantee employment for any definite period. Enrollment in the Experienced Worker Programs administered by NEW Solutions is temporary. The enrollment relationship between NEW Solutions and the Enrollee is an "at-will" relationship. This means that an Enrollee is free to terminate enrollment at any time during the enrollment period, and NEW Solutions and the Agency have the right to terminate the relationship with the Enrollee. NOTE: An “ACES Enrollee” is not a federal employee, nor an employee of NEW Solutions. An “ACES Enrollee” is a participant in a grant program established through a Cooperative Agreement funded by the USDA-NRCS and administered by NEW Solutions. Please note, this opportunity applies to applicants legally eligible to work in the United States.


Perform economic investigations for conservation planning, programs, and other related duties.

  • Responsible for collecting and analyzing economic data for installation, maintenance, and management of conservation practices. Coordinates maintenance of state and county cost lists that include cost-shared practices, maintenance of conservation practices, and costs for providing conservation technical assistance. 20%
  • Conducts Economic analyses of planning activities needed to appraise conservation planning alternatives. 20%
  • Performs related duties as assigned. 20%
  • Assists in collecting and analyzing economic data for watershed-scale natural resource project activities related to floodwater damages, soil erosion, drainage, irrigation, recreation, fish, and wildlife improvement. 15%
  • Responsible for preparing and keeping current economic data for the Field Office Technical Guide. 10%
  • Provides training to field office planners so that they can assist cooperators in determining conservation benefits that will result from the application of conservation measures and practices. 10%
  • Collaborates with other federal, state, and local agencies and individuals to secure data for economic studies, analyze these as to adaptability and use in the studies being made. 5%


Minimum of 15 year(s) of experience in using basic theories, principles, concepts, and terminology of economics to assist in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of economic data as it relates to agency projects and programs. OR BA/BS Degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics or Applied Economics,

  • Skill in operating personal computer software, as well as simple programming (including word processing, spreadsheets, email, file transfers, internet, timekeeping, and databases), to research, tabulate, and analyze economic data, prepare correspondence, finalize documents, and foster work improvement. Valid State Driver’s license
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access
  • PSA - Payment Schedule Application, PowerPoint


  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.
  • Remote work arrangements are available for this position.

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NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.