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    Summary

    This position is located in the Agriculture Quarantine Inspection (AQI) lab in Miami, FL.  This unit serves as the principal scientific support center for pest exclusion, in support of methodology for detecting and mitigating regulated pests in commodities and baggage.  Such pests are regulated because they pose a threat to agricultural, managed, or natural ecosystems of the United States.  The incumbent serves as an APHIS expert in the field of pest exclusion and functions as a scientific advisor and decision-maker with respect to the most complex and urgent commodity treatment issues.  This position will have the authority to enforce any and all agency-wide guidelines that pertain to agency supervised treatments and treatment processes.

    Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

    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

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    Responsibilities

    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Expert in quarantine treatment technology and provides leadership in developing and maintaining close personal contact with officials throughout the U.S. and other countries in order to keep current on emerging treatment technologies being deployed internationally that should be formally incorporated into the APHIS treatment protocols.  
    • Collaborates with the Laboratory Director in the development of policy, procedures, guidelines, and quality assurance standards to assure that quarantine treatments are robust, science based, and adequately mitigate the risks posed by imported commodities. 
    • Conducts comprehensive analyses of agency policy, regulations, and manuals.
    • Responsibilities include the conception and design of flow plans data-capturing systems necessitated by the program’s evolution. 
    • Designs and implements certification programs associated with various treatment methods (examples of these certification programs include expertise in areas such as cold, heat (vapor and hot water), irradiation, and chemical fumigants such as methyl bromide). 
    • Passes technology development processes to users for implementation; this includes appropriate coordination with the PPQ Professional Development Center.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/439914000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.