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Job Title:Supervisory Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24PQ-2013-0029

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

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$62,758.00 to $97,787.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 23, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Worcester, MA, 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 #6PQ-2013-0022. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid.  The incumbent serves as a Supervisory Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Officer with certain statewide program responsibilities and/or organizational unit responsibility, state cooperative agreement personnel, and/or private contract employees.  The mission of this organization is to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of exotic plant pests and/or animal disease in order to protect the health, welfare, and agricultural economy of the United States of America and to facilitate agricultural exports.

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:

  • Serves as the first level manager for program administration which may include special projects involving large-scale resources and a high degree of logistical planning at a local and statewide level.
  • Implements regulatory, survey, control and/or eradication programs; represents PPQ in cooperative programs; implements survey, treatment, and/or inspection programs in order to facilitate exports of agricultural products.
  • Schedules inspections and other program activity for the work unit, much of which is at remote locations.  This work includes passenger and carrier inspections, regulated cargo inspections, export certifications, regulatory activity, surveys, and cooperative program work.
  • Plans and manages the technical approach for inspections, treatments, survey/eradication programs, and quarantine applications.
  • Plans and organizes the work of subordinate employees; administers overtime within the existing budget and negotiated labor-management agreements; ensures accomplishment of agency mission by efficient scheduling of official travel and approved leave by subordinate employees.
  • Gathers data to prepare annual budgets and is expected to operate within the allocation received; ensures supplies, equipment, and facilities are sufficient for program needs.
  • Directs, assigns, and adjusts work for the local work unit according to changing circumstances; evaluates and reviews the work of the subordinates; evaluates the organization's success in meeting program objectives; performs physical reviews of trap lines, aerial application sites, and mapping reports and other activities related to domestic operations.


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



A.  Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a closely related discipline appropriate to the position.


Selective Factor:  The qualifying degree must have included at least 24 semester hours in course work, such as agronomy, cell biology, botany, entomology, forestry, horticulture, mycology, nematology, plant pathology, soil science, or other closely related courses.  Applicants who do not possess or fail to submit documentation of completion of this requirement will be found not qualified.



B.  Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including the Selective Placement Factor, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE:  Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.



GS-11:  Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in agronomy, cell biology, botany, entomology, forestry, horticulture, mycology, nematology, plant pathology, soil science, or a closely related discipline.




TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
  • 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.



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: 

  • Leading, motivating, and evaluating performance for work-unit employees; mediating issues that could lead to conflict.
  • Training, developing, and/or coaching a wide range of subordinate employees (e.g. professional, administrative, students); holding all employees accountable for assigned work.
  • Planning and executing special projects; making timely and informed decisions, when unexpected changes occur.
  • Recruiting, interviewing, and hiring employees. 

Supervisors within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) are required to display proficiency in the following five competencies essential for leading and managing people – Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management, and Leveraging Diversity.  Examples of these competencies include holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results; anticipating and taking steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations; developing staff members by providing coaching, training, regular guidance and career development opportunities; ensuring that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; taking appropriate action to address performance problems, and fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.



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 Professional and Scientific Positions.

Special Conditions:

  • 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.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
  • Must maintain a security clearance level sufficient to perform the essential functions of this position.


  • 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.
    • Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management, Leveraging Diversity, Other Supervisory Competencies
    • Written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
    • Leadership, supervisory, project management, and program management skills
    • Knowledge and experience with pest surveys and survey supplies
  • 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.

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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-11: $62,758 to $81,583 (incl. 24.80% locality pay)

Range for GS-12: $75,222 to $97,787 (incl. 24.80% 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


    Required documents:


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:


    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: 612-336-3326
    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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