Job Overview


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


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.