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Job Title:Animal Care Inspector

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24AC-2013-0017

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

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$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Grand Island, NE, USView Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6AC-2013-0007. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid

As an Animal Care Inspector for the assigned geographic area, the incumbent is responsible for highly technical inspection duties pertaining to the physical and psychological well-being of animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act. Covered animals include common mammals, such as dogs, cats, and farm animals, plus numerous exotic mammals, including lions, tigers, bears, elephants, primates, and marine mammals that are owned by or are in the custody of dealers, exhibitors, carriers, intermediate handlers and brokers.

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!

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 described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.  The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs a variety of inspection activities involving small to large facilities and businesses, such as studio animal businesses, circuses, wild animal refuges that are open to the public, and privately owned zoos, in addition to facilities that house dogs, cats, and farm animals.
  • Observes animals for signs of poor health, abuse, or any kind of mistreatment or inadequate care and determines if building materials, design, and construction of the shelter are appropriate for the species and will not cause harm to the animals.
  • Performs inspections in response to complaints and tips alleging improper treatment of animals.
  • Interviews suspected unlicensed operators to ascertain the nature of their business and to determine if a license is required and, if so, the type of license they must have.
  • Works closely with new and unlicensed dealers and exhibitors seeking licenses.
  • Educates and instructs animal dealers, exhibitors, carriers, intermediate handlers, and brokers on the proper procedures in the humane care, handling, and transportation of animals.
  • Is responsible for complete and accurate documentation of results of all inspections, consistent with the prescribed agency forms and reporting procedures.
  • Maintains liaison with other federal, state, and local government agencies, primarily on problem cases in which the inspector observes matters that are primarily under the jurisdiction of other agencies or, in the judgment of the inspector, warrants the attention of the other government bodies.


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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 experience requirements specified below.



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 (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

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.

Special Conditions:

  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Valid state driver's license required at time of hiring; must drive a motor vehicle to and conduct inspections in virtually all kinds of weather conditions.
  • Moderate to strenuous physical effort is required, particularly in inspecting large facilities that may be located on rugged terrain.
  • There is exposure to contagious, infectious, or communicable diseases and threats of animal bites and other injuries associated with animal work.
  • Must maintain a residence in Grand Island, NE, with a suitable home office.

    • 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 technical and administrative skills
      • Knowledge of Animal Welfare, Horse Protection, and related husbandry methods, techniques, and regulatory requirements
      • Communication Skills – interpersonal, oral, and written
      • 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


    Range for GS-7: $38,790 to $50,431 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)

    Range for GS-8: $42,960 to $55,844 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)

    Range for GS-9: $47,448 to $61,678 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 612-336-3345
    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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