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SUPERVISORY CBP AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST FIRST LINE - Military veterans preferred

Company name
US Department Of Homeland Security Customs And Border Protection

Location
Orlando, FL

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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
You may be required to successfully complete a background investigation
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing

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Medical Requirements: The Agriculture Specialist position has medical qualification
standards. A pre-placement medical examination is required to ensure those
tasked with the position's responsibilities are medically and physically
capable of performing the essential tasks and job functions in an efficient and
safe manner without endangering the health and safety of co-workers, the
public, or oneself. Persons in this position must demonstrate they are
physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the
position.\u00a0 The medical qualification standards cover any disease or
condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient
performance of the job duties or training may constitute grounds for medical
disqualification. The medical standards also include specific vision and
hearing requirements as noted below.

Vision:\u00a0

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Distant Visual Acuity: Must be at least 20/30
or better in the best eye with or without correction.\u00a0 Individuals who
have undergone refractive eye surgeries/procedures (e.g., photorefractive laser
surgery, keratoplast, LASIK) may be qualified provided they have no
post-operative adverse complications and they meet the vision requirements.

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Near Vision: Must be 20/30 or better Snellen
with or without corrective lenses.

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Color Vision: Must be able to distinguish
colors (i.e., red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple, pink, brown, black,
white, gray). Use of an X-chrome lens is not acceptable.

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Visual Fields: a minimum of 140 degrees in the
horizontal meridian.

Hearing:

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Hearing level in each ear must not exceed 40
decibels (dB) for the average of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000,
and 3000 Hertz (Hz).

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The difference in hearing level between the
better ear thresholds and worse ear thresholds may not exceed 15dB for the
average of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz.

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The difference in hearing level between the
better ear and worse ear may not exceed 30dB at 4000 or 6000 Hz.

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The use of hearing aids to meet the standards
is acceptable.

Qualifications

Education/Experience Requirement:\u00a0 You must have successfully completed a full
4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a
bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological
sciences (including botany, entomology, and plant pathology), agriculture,
natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines (e.g., ecology).
If you have not completed the above described education, you must have
completed at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture,
natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline at an accredited
college or university plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Examples of qualifying experience may include working in such areas as pest
management, environmental monitoring, farm management, agricultural commodity
importation and/or exportation, or other related experience in pest/pathogen
detection, regulation, eradication, and control.

GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you meet the basic
requirements as described above AND you possess one (1) year of specialized
experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties.
Examples include analyzing a wide variety of agriculture-related material,
pests or diseases including the very difficult, complex and unusual finds
submitted by other agriculture inspection personnel; serving as a consultant in
identifying a wide range of insects and related pests associated with the
inspection of conveyances and passengers; and serving as a trouble-shooter,
handling the most unusual agriculture commodity or pest problems.

Transcripts:\u00a0 If you
have never held a position in the GS-0401 series with Customs and Border
Protection, you are required to submit a copy of your transcripts with your
application.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must:
Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; andMeet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Physical and Environmental Conditions:\u00a0 The work environment includes offices, aircraft operation areas, airline passenger and cargo areas, and marine docks. Periods of outdoor work may be required in snow, rain, or extreme heat. Occasional periods of outdoor work may be required in remote areas with no modern comfort facilities.\u00a0 The work may involve the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and fumigants.\u00a0 Protective clothing may be required such as hard hats, gloves, goggles, hearing protection, and respirators.

Education

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
Supervisory Probationary Period: You may be required to serve an 18 month probationary period upon appointment.
Supervisory Training:\u00a0 All newly appointed, first-time permanent CBP Supervisors are required to complete mandatory training.\u00a0 The training will be scheduled by the Office of Training and Development within the first 90 days of appointment.\u00a0 The duration of the training will include three weeks of in residence training in Harpers Ferry, WV.\u00a0 Note: This training may be waived if previously completed.
Training: You may be required to attend 8-12 weeks of training at the Professional Development Center in Frederick, Maryland.\u00a0 Failure to successfully complete the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.\u00a0 Such failure will result in either reassignment to another position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.
Data Systems:\u00a0 You will be required to maintain access to all data systems necessary for duty execution.
Shift work: You will be required to perform work on a shift and rotational basis.
Overtime: You must be readily available to work overtime on a scheduled or unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week.
Motor Vehicle Operation:\u00a0 You must possess a current valid State driver's license at the time of appointment.
Uniform: You will be required to wear an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.

Additional information

Background Investigation: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information, please see: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-career/apply/background-investigation

Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
Probationary Period:\u00a0Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify here, http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. To learn more, click on the link https://hru.gov/Studio_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies.pdf

Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder
Please view the video \Protecting America 24/7\ to learn
more about CBP's Office of Field Operations: http://cbpapps.cbp.dhs.gov/ofo/2011/protecting_america/pro_america.wmv
This
position is not covered under the bargaining
unit.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Agriculture Specialist Promotional Assessment:\u00a0 Qualified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) candidates will be ranked on the basis of the scores received on your\u00a0CBP Agriculture Specialist Promotional Assessment.\u00a0 Competitive applicants must have a valid test score when the announcement opens, or we cannot consider you for this position.\u00a0 Alternate Staffing (Non-Competitive) Candidates need not have a current, valid test score.\u00a0 Alternate Staffing (Non-Competitive) candidates include applicants who have permanently held a\u00a0position\u00a0at the highest grade announced or higher.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.\u00a0 To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire.
Knowledge,
Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

Candidates who meet the
minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge,
Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the
functions of this position.\u00a0 Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their
attainment of these KSAOs in their resume.\u00a0 The KSAOs are:

Knowledge of and ability to interpret
laws, rules, regulations and procedures related to passengers, mail and
cargo.
Knowledge of biological and agricultural
science and of APHIS programs and regulations.
Expert knowledge of elements of search,
behavioral observation and questioning techniques.
Knowledge of principles and techniques of
management including responsibilities relative to bargaining unit
employees.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)\u00a0Eligibles:\u00a0 If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible.\u00a0 Information about\u00a0CTAP eligibility can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/Employee-Guideline_CTAP.asp#3a.\u00a0 To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.\u00a0\u00a0In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the \Required Documents\ section of this announcement.
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Background checks and security clearance

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Company info

US Department Of Homeland Security Customs And Border Protection
Website : http://www.cbp.gov

Company Profile
CBPis one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

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