This position is located at an Animal Import Center (AIC) facility in Veterinary Services, APHIS. 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 50 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 appointment not to exceed 1 year. (Appointment may be extended one additional year without reannouncing.) For more details click: Temporary Appointments
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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.
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.
Assists with the transportation and movement of animals entering, or within quarantine.
Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required
Who May ApplyThis 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
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
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.
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.
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.
The work is performed in a high security quarantine animal facility. Frequent showers are required. Subject to all types of weather conditions and temperatures while working inside and outside on a year round basis.
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.
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.
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.
This position does not have an education qualification requirement.
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