To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-05/06/07/08 GRADE LEVELS: 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 is typically in, or related to, the work of the position being filled. Examples of specialized experience include work:
- 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.
In addition, examples at the GS-7 and GS-8 grade levels may include:
- Experience with a variety of technical procdures in order to test livestock for disease and identify disease vectors.
- Experience with marketing practices and trade areas in order to facilitate trace-back to the herd of origin or monitor the movement of animals.
OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-05 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours of courses in the fields of: zoology, biology, chemistry, or agricultural subjects from an accredited college or university. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision. OR
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-06 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of nine (9) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university. Qualifying graduate courses include: agribusiness, agricultural chemistry, agricultural development, agricultural economics, agricultural education, animal breeding, animal genetics, animal health, animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal products, animal reproduction, animal science, animal toxicology, animal welfare, biological and agricultural engineering, beef cattle production, dairy herd management, dairy marketing, equine production, farm management, feeding management, meat science, physiology of lactation, poultry science, ruminant nutrition, swine production, and wildlife and fisheries sciences. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision. OR
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-07 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of eighteen (18) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university. Qualifying graduate courses are listed above under the requirements of graduate education at the GS-6 level. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision. OR
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-08 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of twenty-seven (27) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university. Qualifying graduate courses are listed above under the requirements of graduate education at the GS-6 level. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision. OR
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-05/06/07/08 GRADE LEVELS: A combination of specialized experience and post high school or graduate education may be used to meet the qualification requirements. Only education beyond what is required for the next lower level is eligible to be considered. The total percentage of experience and education must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
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.
- 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.
- Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
- Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
- We understand that accepting a position with Veterinary Services may require the need for spousal career placement assistance. To help you and your family make a successful career transition, Veterinary Services is dedicated to providing information on career placement assistance. Please visit the following web links for more information:
- This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency.
- The work may involve strenuous physical demands, including, but not limited to, restraining large animals and operating heavy equipment. The work requires standing, walking, and running, bending, crouching, climbing and lifting heavy items.
- The work may require handling livestock during inclement weather and/or working in or around unpleasant conditions (e.g. blood, animal confinement units, high noise levels, dust, and slippery surfaces.) There may be exposure to disease conditions and agents that would require protective clothing and safeguards and enrollment in a health monitoring program.
- You will be required as an essential function, to travel and work both in and outside of the United States in the performance of assigned duties.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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- 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.
- Ability to deal effectively with abnormal animal, livestock and poultry conditions both of foreign and domestic origin.
- Knowledge of animal, livestock and poultry regulatory requirements and enforcement techniques including quarantine and import/export requirements.
- Knowledge of the Animal Identification Program and related methods, techniques and procedures.
- 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.