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Job Title:
Agriculturist
Company:
US Department of Agriculture
Sector:
Environment and Agriculture
State:
Riverdale
Job Description:
Duties Summary The incumbent is responsible for supporting the U.S. government´s contribution for the technical operation and management of the New World Screwworm mass rearing facility, dispersal operations, and field surveillance program in Panama and in the United States or any other location where the program operates or will be established in the future. These facilities operate either directly by APHIS or through cooperative bilateral agreements with foreign governments. 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: Works directly programs to identify and resolve fly production and field operation issues related to Sterile Insect Technique, Biological Operations, Dispersal Operations and Surveillance Operations. Works with foreign counterparts and provides U.S. Commission and Technical Directors with timely required and ad-hoc reporting, and as required, recommendations for action, when posted at facilities. Assists in the Development of protocols, procedures, and guidelines to be implemented during regular operations and emergency response activities. Ensures that all Production and Field Operation personnel are properly trained and informed about procedures and safety standards. Ensures production and field operation safety standards meet the host country requirements. Assists the Technical Director overseeing the work of locally employed personnel including supervisors and workers in the Production Facility, Dispersal Center and Field Operations where applicable. Works to ensure high quality production and dispersal of sterile insects, works to ensure that field surveillance, control posts and epidemiological operations function effectively and efficiently. Leads, motivates and guides staff to meet IS goals and objectives by utilizing and developing them appropriately, and adapting leadership style to various situations. Responsible for the timely delivery of sterile insect shipments to preventive release programs in the United States and other screwworm-free countries or for regional eradication efforts. Travel Required 25% or less - 25% or less - Travel for training and work assignments may be required. Geographic mobility is a must and the incumbent is required to sign a geographical mobility agreement. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 13 Job family (Series) 0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a US Citizen or US National Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served. Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/ Testing Designated Position: Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter. Requires a world-wide medical clearance issued by the State Department. As a condition of employment, the incumbent must possess a minimum of a Speaking 3 and Reading 3 from a certified language proficiency test or obtain proficiency within 24 months of the effective date of hire. Position is intended to prepare the incumbent for conversion to an Overseas Limited Appointment (not-to-exceed 2-4 years) with a possible 1 year extension in Guatemala and/or Panama. Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Demonstrated experience working as a team member to accomplish program goals. Prepare and present scientific and technical reports. Perform complex tests and/or procedures that require using highly specialized methods or techniques. Ability to collect and analyze data and apply to laboratory and field operations. FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Perform assignments that involve initiating, formulating, and planning, as well as executing major studies, or continuing specialized projects. Demonstrated experience leading team members to accomplish goals. Use findings of specialized studies, new analytical developments, and modified processes to increase program efficiencies and decrease costs. Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level. TRANSCRIPTS are required if: This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education Please see Qualifications Section above for educational requirements. Additional information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee. Some relocation cost will be covered when moving overseas. This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor. The selectee must sign a mobility agreement to relocate overseas. Prior to an official offer, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) must be signed and returned to Human Resources acknowledging and accepting that geographic mobility is a condition of employment. Failure to sign the MOU will be grounds for withdrawal of the job offer. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any specialized experience and/or selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, your application is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran´s preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position. Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. To preview the application questionnaire, please visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10664965 Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Top Secret Drug test required Yes Position sensitivity and risk Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness, National security Required Documents Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications; and 5) supervisors name and phone number for each work period listed and whether or not they may be contacted for reference checks. If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, visit the following: Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. Although veterans´ preference doesn´t apply under Direct Hire Authority, applicants are encouraged to provide documentation of their eligibility. If claiming veterans´ preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. If claiming 10-point veterans´ preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans´ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans´ preference visit FEDSHIREVETS Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), last performance appraisal that is at least fully successful or its equivalent, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. Worker´s Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Benefits Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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