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    This position is being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining Procedures on announcement number ARS-S18E-0109 open to any US Citizen. Current and former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this announcement ARS-M18E-0110 to maximize opportunities for consideration since different referral criteria apply to each announcement type.

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    Provide animal care on a full time basis working with animals in confinement operations, biological containment, or research settings.

    Cares for a variety of animal species, including but not limited to: traditional laboratory animals (hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats), domestic livestock (cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and pigs), aquatic species used in aquaculture, poultry (chickens, geese, and turkeys), exotic animals and alternative livestock (bison, deer, and elk) and wildlife (raccoons, mink). Adheres to guidelines for the humane handling of animals to prevent injury to animals and/or personnel.

    Assists in diagnostic and experimental procedures by capturing and restraining animals for treatment, examination, or specimen collection, both ante and postmortem.

    Operates equipment such as euthanasia chambers, two-ton chain hoists on a rail system and hydraulic necropsy tables. Also, will operate forklifts, trucks and automobiles.

    Operates, maintains, disinfects and fumigates isolation cages. The cages are used to contain pathogen-free animals or animals infected with zoonotic (human pathogen) disease agents such as, but not limited to Avian Influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease, Tuberculosis, Brucella and Rabies. 

    Reports to supervisor and the facility veterinarian any situations observed, such as temperatures and other pertinent clinical data which may endanger animal or personnel safety.

    May operate tractors powered by gasoline or diesel engines, have four wheels and up to sixteen forward gears and steered with a conventional steering wheel.  Tractors may be equipped with front mounted loaders, rear mounted bale fork, blade, by operating a Power Take Off (PTO) driven mower or belly mounted mower and PTO driven manure spreaders. 

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    5048 Animal Caretaking

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