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Animal Caretaker

Company name
U.S. Department Of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Salary
$18.00 to $21.01

Location
Miami, FL

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Open & closing dates

01/12/2018

to

01/18/2018

Salary

$18 to $21.01 per hour

Pay scale & grade

WG 06

Work schedule

Intermittent

Appointment type

Temporary

Location

3 vacancies in the following location:

Miami, FL

3 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

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Announcement number

24VS-APHIS-MA-2018-0186

Control number

488542100

Duties

Duties

Summary

This position is located at an Animal Import Center (AIC) facility in Veterinary Services, APHIS. The incumbent performs a variety of technical and specialized work within the AIC. AIC’s are USDA operated livestock quarantine facilities which oversee the importation of livestock, poultry, exotic birds, and zoo animals into the United States through the ports of Los Angeles, Miami, or New York. The Center is the principal facility in the U.S. for examining, testing, and isolating imported animals to assure they are free of disease and parasites harmful to American livestock and poultry.

Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

This vacancy is limited to the first 60 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.

This is a temporary intermittent appointment not to exceed 1 year. (Appointment may be extended one additional year without reannouncing.) For more details click: Temporary Appointments

The nature of this appointment may affect benefits eligibility

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

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Responsibilities

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

Instructs animal caretakers of a lesser grade on preparation, housing requirements, nutritional demands, special diets, and habitat.

Establishes a line of communication both written and orally with agents, brokers, zoo curators, farm managers, and importers of record regarding pending shipments, special conditions, and/or animal behavioral issues, under the supervision of an AIC Director, Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO), Animal Health Technician (AHT), or Work Unit Leader.

Updates the residing VMO, AHT, or Work Unit Leader on the condition and progress of animals in quarantine.

Provides general information and maintains effective working relationships with officials of port authorities; staff from Department of Homeland Security, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Maritime Commission; Fish and Wildlife Services, Customs and Border Patrol; brokers, agents, steamship, airline and warehouse companies, processing plants; trade associations, livestock industries; approved establishments, importer/exporter groups, and zoo officials on import and export issues regarding live animals, organisms, vectors, select agents, products, and by-products.

Assists the AIC Director, VMO’s and AHT’s, with oversight of specific shipments of animals in the quarantine facility, including: the preparation of the facility; procurement of diets, adherence to strict biological security procedures; daily grooming and enrichment needs, inspection of animals for indications of diseases; inspection for and collection of ectoparasites; and identification and monitoring of ailments that result from the stress and rigors of transport including, colic, exertion myopathy, fevers, injuries including contusions, abrasions, and lacerations, and lameness.

Adheres to biosecurity measures such as changing outer garments between areas, maintaining/using correct disinfectant solutions in foot dip buckets, and applying pesticides and disinfectants to animals, equipment or reusable crates.

Maintains animal health and daily activity records, making recommendations, taking direction, and instituting changes in husbandry, nutrition, safety, and biosecurity.

Independently cleans barns, pens, cages, and assorted equipment, and disposes of manure and bedding according to strict biosecurity procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

06

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

5048 Animal Caretaking

Requirements

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

US Citizenship is required.

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period.

Special Conditions:

Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation

Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service)

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

The incumbent performs activities involved in the care, treatment, and observation of the animals and birds. Regular lifting required of 50 pounds. Will be occasionally required to lift of up to 75 pounds.

Heavy physical effort is necessary in the performance of these duties particularly in the restraining of large and sometimes wild animals during processing; cleaning, and disposing of manure and bedding; handling bags of feed, bales of hay, and packages of work shavings; lifting or moving heavy cage containments.

This includes stooping, bending, reaching, and active walking.

The work is performed in a high security quarantine animal facility. Frequent showers are required.

The animal caretaker is also subject to all types of weather conditions and temperatures while working inside and outside on a year round basis.

The caretaker may be exposed to animal bites and scratches, disinfectants, insecticides, and other chemicals, and will be required to wear protective clothing such as surgical masks or respirators, eye/ear protection, boots, gloves, and coveralls when providing care to animals that represent a potential source of disease or other chemical or biohazard.

The incumbent may be subjected to disagreeable odors, physical injury from animals, and hazard of bites, kicks, and other trauma associated with the handling of animals and birds.

All caretakers are subject to periodic medical monitoring.

This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

To qualify, you must show you have had training and experience of sufficient scope and quality to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Your answers to the vacancy specific questions must be supported by the work experience in your resume. For example, if you respond in the affirmative when questioned on whether you have experience as an Animal Caretaker, your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.

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.

Education

Additional information

This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined on applicants' quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

Ability to do the work of Animal Caretaker

Ability to observe animals

Ability to follow animal care procedures

Ability to handle animals

Cleanliness, neatness and concern for sanitation

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

To view the application form, visit: https://aphis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=7567EA0C-8AC3-4685-9407-A862011A1A46

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Other

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.

College Transcripts If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the education was evaluated by a credential evaluation service as being equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm

. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) If claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions that is signed no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/

CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.

Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.

Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

NOTE If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.

You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click Apply Online and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Update Application” to continue.

Agency contact information

Human Resources

Phone

612-336-3227

Fax

612-336-3560

Email

MRP.APPLICATION.HELP@aphis.usda.gov

Address

USDA APHIS MRPBS

100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 510C

Minneapolis, MN,

United States

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Next steps

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Company info

U.S. Department Of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Website : http://www.aphis.usda.gov/

Company Profile
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.

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