Job Overview


About the Agency

The position is located at the headquarters of the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in the Animal Research Building housing the Animal Care Unit. The building is used to conduct research on a wide range of wildlife control strategies, as they relate to impact on wildlife damage management issues. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining all mechanical, electrical, and architectural systems in the building.

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:

  • Maintains HVAC system, including all air handlers, VAV boxes, supply and exhaust fans, boilers, pumps, and control systems.
  • Is responsible for maintaining lab support mechanical equipment, including, lab hoods, walk-in coolers, and ultra-cold freezers, animal cage wash system, animal watering system, lab air, lab vacuum system, lab air dryers, booster pumps, SNE lighting system, misting pumps, and chemical feed pumps.
  • Maintains building environment with adequate lighting, heating, cooling, and air flow for both human and animal occupants per study requirements or at the request of tenants.
  • Keeps records of equipment run logs, work orders, and preventative maintenance performed using automated system.
  • Performs light janitorial services in the Animal Research Building by mopping floor weekly, stripping and waxing floors bi-annually, and cleaning all lighting fixtures.
  • Performs all snow removal and grounds keeping services for the Animal Research Building, including weed removal, mowing, planting, seeding, fertilizing, and watering.
  • Is responsible for assisting employees with moving of furniture and research equipment.
  • Maintains and inspects proper functions of a Bio Level 3 Lab, including pressure differential reading, PPE usage, trending in BAS system, Exhaust system repair and PM’s.
  • Ensures that all state and local codes are met for equipment inspections, including annual boiler and pressure vessel tear down and inspection and testing of all backflow preventers, fire system, and intrusion alarm systems.
  • Works with contractors in assisting with new construction and tie-in to mechanical equipment in order to maintain minimum down time.
  • Works with Safety Officer in order to ensure all state, local, and OSHA safety regulations are met in the workplace.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No