Agriculture Commodity Technician Cotton (HVI Operator)

Applications will be accepted for Seasonal HVI Operator positions beginning September 12, 2023. Applications are currently available at USDA, AMS, Cotton Program Classing Office located at 161 Industrial Loop, Rayville, La. 71269.  Applications and resumes can be emailed to  The telephone number is (318) 728-6418. 

Seasonal HVI operators will be hired as a GS-1981-03/01 and the salary will be $16.25 per hour.  Hired individuals will be required to work on a High Volume Instrument (HVI) system and operate various equipment components to measure cotton fiber properties.  

Applications WILL NOT be considered from applicants that do not provide picture ID, social security card and/or birth certificate.  If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions (proof of registration and/or exemption required).  Veteran's preference will be applied as appropriate. (DD214 “Member 4 Copy” must be provided to qualify for veteran’s preference).  Background checks will be conducted on all qualifying applicants.  Applications will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning September 12th .  We will be accepting applications for daytime and evening shifts.