This position is in the Department of Wildlife Health Sciences (WHS), National Zoological Park (NZP), Smithsonian Institution (SI) located in Washington, DC.
The incumbent : (1) provides clinical laboratory support as a diagnostic tool for health care to insure the proper functioning of the WHSs Veterinary Hospital and the medical programs; 2) analyzes, but not limited to, body fluids, tissue, water and feces to determine results in the following disciplines: hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, parasitology, serology, blood banking, microbiology, mycology; and 3) records keeping associated with testing, maintaining databases, and inventory is required.
The incumbent operates the clinical chemistry instrument & is responsible for monthly calibration, daily quality control, troubleshooting, maintenance and the communication with technical service representatives when problems arise. Ability to evaluate results to insure the proper adaptation of methods is an integral part of this position. The filtration of water for use in the laboratory is also part of the incumbents duties.
The incumbent performs water analysis for coliform bacteria of the marine mammal and other pools from the Zoo.
The incumbent performs urinalysis techniques including chemical and microscopic evaluations and appropriate quality control measures. Ability to identify cells, crystals, bacteria and artifacts is essential.
The incumbent must be familiar with microscopy. The incumbent performs microscopic direct examination of fecals to identify protozoa and fecal floatation parasitology screens using the Zinc Sulfate centrifugation floatation or other methods. The incumbent reads the screens and identifies parasites, reporting results.
The incumbent creates and maintains databases by entering results, updates the databases as necessary, and tracks specimens and results as needed. The incumbent works with various computer programs such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, along with other DOS and internet-based programs currently used in the laboratory.
The incumbent is responsible for keeping all equipment used in the laboratory in good, working condition including analyzers, centrifuges, rockers, as well as pipettes and other smaller instruments. Monitoring of the temperatures of freezers, incubators and water baths in the laboratory is also the incumbents duty. The incumbent assists in the management of the laboratorys slide and serum bank collection including the cleaning, labeling and filing of slides and maintaining applicable databases. Duties include the preparation of samples and documentation necessary for shipping samples to reference labs. This includes potential biohazard and chemical hazard shipping. All biohazard and chemical hazardous materials are disposed of according to the Smithsonians policies.
The incumbent is involved with teaching, training, consultation, and communication with other departments and the public through daily communication with the clinical staff, occasional outreach programs and co-operation with research scientists as time permits. Everyday professional interaction with a large range clinical veterinarians, pathologists, students, and animal care staff will be expected.
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Conditions of Employment
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.
May need to complete a Probationary Period.
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
LVT, RVT or CVT certificate or certification as a medical technologist.
This position requires considerable walking, standing, heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.), stooping, and other types of physical effort and dexterity in moving and distributing animals, lab equipment, lab supplies, and lab shipments. Although safety measures are taken, there is always a hazard of injury in working with exotic and unpredictable animals, which may be harboring zoonotic infections.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-8 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as providing veterinary technical support in the delivery of health care to a wide variety of non-domestic animals, completing veterinary tasks to ensure the proper functioning of veterinary hospital and/or medical programs, providing technical support in the areas of anesthesia, treatment, surgery, dentistry, radiology, and preventative medicine; and using safe and humane animal husbandry procedures and practices.
NOTE: Possession of a licensed, registered, or certified veterinary technician (LVT, RVT or CVT) certificate or certification as a medical technologist is required.
Or Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications.
For a full explanation of this option please see the . Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
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.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Long Term Care Insurance
Retirement Program -
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
Skill working as a veterinary technician or medical technologist in an AZA accredited Zoo (or similar) setting.
Ability to assist with veterinary clinical support duties on zoo and exotic species.
Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
Ability to perform veterinary clinical laboratory testing duties on zoo and exotic species.
Skill in communication, interaction and project participation.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:
Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.
Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.
Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.
This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.
Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.
Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.
Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Your application package should include the following documents:
Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran's Preference
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 .
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.
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