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Job Title:Insects Production Worker

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24PQ-2013-0105

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$12.38 to $14.43 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Saturday, April 27, 2013 to Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-5031-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term, not to exceed 13 months; may be extended up to 4 years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Sarasota, FL, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.  Sterile Insect Production Workers perform assignments in sterile insect mass production, packaging, feeding, storing, knock down, and delivering of live insects.  The incumbent is also involved in the cleaning and maintenance of the areas they work in and the equipment utilized.

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 term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing.) For more details click: Term 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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs steps in the preparation of the diet media for adult flies.
  • Prepares incubation trailers, readies containers by loading with flies, placing lids on boxes, feeding, stacking, and strapping stacks.
  • Prepares, cleans, and repairs containers used for rearing flies.
  • Processes pupae boxes and bags, distributes pupae within bags and boxes, verifies counts, stacks properly, etc.
  • Moves pupae from preparation to incubation trailers and adult flies from incubation to refrigerated trailers and performs all phases of the knock down process, getting the flies ready to be dropped from the aircraft.
  • Uses correct procedures for box and tray washing and maintenance of equipment.
  • Keeps all work areas and equipment clean, aids in setting up/preparing for next day’s work, and dispenses and dilutes bleach used in cleaning.
  • Follows all safety guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, you must show you have had training and experience of sufficient scope and quality to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Your answers to the vacancy specific questions must be supported by the work experience in your resume.  For example, if you respond in the affirmative when questioned whether you have experience cleaning and disinfecting lab equipment, your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.


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.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year trial period.
  • Tasks require physical effort, such as reaching, lifting, bending, twisting, and constant standing and walking on concrete floors; lifting may occasionally exceed 50 pounds.
  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors; incumbent will be subject to disagreeable odors and fumes from pupae and flies, loud noises, high humidity, refrigerated trailers at 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and above average temperatures, often getting wet while cleaning equipment.
  • Incumbent is exposed to slippery floors and associated hazards with work around production facilities.
  • Protective masks are required in some instances for worker safety, and rubber boots are utilized while working in washing areas; noise levels in the facility make the wearing hearing protection (ear plugs) mandatory in certain areas.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • 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.
    • Ability to do the work on an insect production worker without more than normal supervision
    • Ability to instruct
    • Ability to provide production support service
    • Ability to lead or supervise
    • Use of measuring instruments
    • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications; other than blueprints
    • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment
    • Knowledge of materials
    • Dexterity and safety
  • 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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BENEFITS:

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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



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • 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


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
    • 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:
  • 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)
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    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.
  • AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
    Phone: 612-336-3326
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Email: Mary.L.Kubow@aphis.usda.gov
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    55403
    US
    Fax: 612-336-3560

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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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    Job Announcement Number:

    24PQ-2013-0105

    Control Number:

    342453500