This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Biological Science Animal Laboratory Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-12-BE-627901

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,907.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 16, 2012 to Thursday, March 29, 2012




Full Time - Agency Employees Only




1 vacancy - Little Rock, AR United States


Agency Employees Only - Intranet Posting Only



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 627901 (Include on all documents)


To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, or you will receive an electronic notice that you are rated ineligible.  See Required Documents section to upload.  All of the documents are required for all applicants.

Duty Location/Campus:  Research Service, Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

As an Biological Science Animal Laboratory Technician, you will be responsible for all aspects of animal use program relating to care and feeding of research animals.


Area of Consideration:  The initial area of consideration is this Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). Management retains the right to select any appropriate recruitment methods such as current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, Reinstatement eligibles, those eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a Special Appointing Authority such as those for disabled veterans, those eligible for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) under the  Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act of 1998,veterans eligible for a VEOA appointment, severely disabled individuals, Interchange Agreements with other Agencies, etc. Candidates from other sources may be considered only after consideration has been given the best qualified candidates from this CAVHS. Current permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees may apply for consideration under this announcement.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply:

5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Our Mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Must have at least 1 year of specialized experience.


This position includes all aspects of animal use program relating to care and feeding of research animals.  Incumbent is expected to follow correct procedures with respect to husbandry requirements as specified by the AALAS standards.  Incumbent is responsible for recording and interpretation of environmental data such as room temperature and humidity, to recognize facility equipment malfunctions, to report to proper authority and perform minor equipment checks or maintenance after consultation with facility supervisor or service representative.  Incumbent is expected to develop and implement environmental enrichment program with support from facility supervisor.  Incumbent will use computer software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.


TIME-IN-GRADE:  GS-6:  One year ( 52 weeks) time-in-grade at the GS-5 level required (AT THE TIME OF THE CLOSE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT).

GS-6 LEVEL: Applicants must have one or more years of specialized experience related to this position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include:


ACTUAL EXPERIENCE in handling, care, and feeding a variety of research animals and using the correct techniques as indicated in American Association for Laboratory Animal Science guidelines.


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at




Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Veterans' Preference:

Veterans' preference does not apply to Merit Promotion; however, if you are a Veteran applying under a special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

PBI Interviews:  Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

Filling Additional Vacancies:  If additional vacancies for this position occur within 90 days, this announcement may be used without reannouncement.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire


3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX must serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 627901.

2. Fax your documents to (478)-757-3144.


3. Make sure you keep your confirmation of documents faxed/received.




To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, or you will receive an electronic notice that you are rated ineligible:  See required documents below to upload.


All of the following documents are required for applicants:

·         A complete Occupational Questionnaire, required

·         Resume, required.

·         SF-50 with current grade, salary and position title (if currently employed in the VA

·         system or former Federal Employee), is required

·         Proficiency/Performance Appraisal, most recently rated, (if current Federal

·         Employee), required.


Veteran Applicants applying as a 30% disabled or more or VRA eligible veteran

must submit the following required documents:

·         A complete Occupational Questionnaire, required

·         Resume, required.

·         Legible copy of DD 214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  required.

·         SF 15, complete and signed, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, required.

·         Department of Veterans Affairs award letter of disability indicating percentage of disability.  This letter may be obtained from the Veterans Benefits Administration (1-800-827-1000), required.



Use this checklist to make sure you have submitted all of the required documents above. 

You will not be contacted for additional information.


Elizabeth Ernst
Phone: (501)257-1159
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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