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    If selected for this position, you will perform a variety of specialized duties that provide a comprehensive approach to biosecurity minimizing the risk of biological and economic damage caused by exotic, non-native plant and animal organisms to agriculture, natural resources and U.S. trade initiative involving overall plant health activities. The successful accomplishment of these duties is critical to preventing or reducing potential biological, agricultural, economic and environmental losses. The duties and functions performed are vital to the mission of APHIS, the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) and its programs to safeguard US agriculture and natural resources.

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

    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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    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:

    • Manages multiple program areas and/or a multi-faceted program (or areas for which a program will be developed), such as gypsy moth, biological control, grasshopper/Mormon cricket, biotechnology, noxious weeds, or other pests
    • Provides recommendations to the supervisor and staff on design and development of guidelines, operational standards, and procedures
    • Identifies or verifies identification of noxious weeds and plant pests, such as plant pathogens, insects or nematodes, and plant pest hosts and geographical distribution found within the assigned geographical area
    • Tracks the progress of the programs for which the incumbent is responsible in order to provide technical assistance in program operations
    • Serves as accredited certifying official regarding export certification, which includes interpreting foreign quarantine regulations to facilitate international trade, issuing Federal Phytosanitary Certificates, and ensuring proper maintenance of the fee collection process.
    • Provides specialized inspection, regulation, and clearance of high risk propagative plant material and plant products and pest diagnostic identification services at plant inspection stations and/or other facilities
    • Plans, conducts, and/or supervises various treatments and remedial measures, such as disinfection, sterilization, fumigation, cold treatment, hot water treatment, and irradiation of regulated articles for plant and animal pests and diseases
    • Has broad range or responsibilities under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), including review of permits, seizure of shipments without proper documents, safeguarding seized or forfeited property, and maintenance of all accurate files on CITES transactions

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    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/485466300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.