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Job Title:  Animal Health Technician
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  24VS-2013-0081

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, May 06, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013
Intermittent (as needed). - Term, not to exceed 13 months; may be extended up to 4 years.
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Eagle Pass, TX, USView Map
Laredo, TX, USView Map
Pharr, TX, USView Map
This announcement is open to all United States citizens.


Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

Vacancies located in Pharr, Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas.

The incumbent is responsible for the performance of duties in connection with one major animal disease control and/or eradication program, such as brucellosis eradication, tuberculosis eradication, scabies eradication, poultry disease control and eradication, tick eradication, or screw/worm eradication.

Intermittent Work Schedule: Majority of work will be on an as needed (intermittent) basis. May occasionally work part time or full time, but no minimum amount of hours is guaranteed.

Incumbent(s) 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.

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


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Visits farms, garbage feeders, and others for the purpose of inspecting livestock.
  • Collects and submits larvae and/or egg specimens having the possibility of being screwworms for laboratory examination.
  • Performs or supervises the testing, dipping, and spraying of livestock in connection with an eradication program.
  • Collects and submits ticks and mites for laboratory identification.
  • Supervises and performs the disinfection of premises and vehicles used in the transportation of diseased or exposed livestock and poultry.
  • Enforces State and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Traces the origin of infected and exposed livestock and poultry.
  • Meets with and advises officials, farriers, and others with respect to the prohibitions and restrictions imposed by governing statutes and regulations.


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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-5: A full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 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.



    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 or Animal Welfare Inspector
    • As an assistant to a veterinarian who works with livestock


    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:

    • 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.  
    • 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:


    • 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 & 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.

    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 (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


    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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