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Job Title:Animal Care Inspector (Horse Protection Program)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Job Announcement Number:24AC-2012-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$15.00 to $19.50 / Per Hour


Monday, April 2, 2012 to Monday, April 16, 2012




Intermittent - Temporary (Not to Exceed one year, may be extended without further competition)




4 vacancies - USDA Nationwide, US


This announcement is open to all United States citizens.


Multiple vacancies located throughout the following states:

Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, West Virginia, Florida and Kentucky


Relocation expenses will not be paid

The incumbent serves, on a time-limited basis, as an Animal Care Inspector (ACI) for Animal Care, during situations when permanent APHIS resources are engaged in activities associated with the compliance and enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. He/she is geographically responsible for assisting with documenting violations of the Horse Protection Act (HPA), 9 CFR Subchapter A Part 11, within the assigned counties and/or states.


**Intermittent Work Schedule: Majority of work will be on an as needed (intermittent) basis. May work part-time or full-time occasionally, but no minimum amount of hours are guaranteed. Not to exceed 1039 hours per year.


You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


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


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


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent is responsible for assisting the enforcement of the HPA by documenting non-compliant items with the use of digital cameras and video equipment at horse shows, exhibitions, and auctions.
  • The ACI is responsible for collecting, labeling, securing and shipping foreign substance samples to National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) obtained at horse shows and auctions.
  • The ACI is required to scan all horse class sheets and complete APHIS Form 7077 at shows in which Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES) is not present.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.




GS-05: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included at least 24 semester hours of courses in zoology, biology, chemistry, or agricultural subjects.


TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public.


Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • As a laborer, manager, or owner of a livestock ranch or farm involving direct work with livestock.
  • With livestock in a feed lot.
  • As a Livestock Market Inspector.
  • As an Animal Welfare Inspector.
  • As an assistant to a veterinarian who works with livestock.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:

Combining Education and Experience for Technical and Medical Support Positions

Special Conditions:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • DD214 or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Through ongoing inspection efforts, the inspector attempts to establish and maintain good relations. However, the nature of the work is such that substantial conflict and hostility sometimes surface, particularly in cases involving serious noncompliance problems. The employee may also face a less than cordial response in appearances before organizations
  • The employee may be required to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Employee must have a valid Driver's License; travel will be required.
  • The incumbent must be able to provide a suitable home office and live in one of the following states:
    • Tennessee
    • Virginia
    • North Carolina
    • South Carolina
    • Missouri
    • Maryland
    • Louisiana
    • West Virginia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Kentucky


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • General and technical administrative skills
    • Knowledge of animal livestock regulatory requirements and enforcement techniques including quarrantine and import/export requirements
    • Knowledge of Animal Welfare, Horse Protection and related husbandry methods, techniques and regulatory requirements
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and lead others
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To preview questions please click here.


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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • 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: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)
    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Submit documents which are clear and legible. Illegible documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • 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 fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the number listed on the fax cover sheet.
    • Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6.0 and above and Mozilla Firefox versions 2.0 and above.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3425
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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