Animal Caretaker
Department Of Agriculture - Newburgh, NY

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Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This position is located at the New York Animal Import Center, Newburgh, New York. This is a USDA owned and operated Livestock Quarantine facility which facilitates the importation of livestock, poultry, exotic birds, and zoo animals into the United States through the Port of New York. The Center is the principle facility in the U.S. for examining, testing and isolating imported animals to assure they are free of disease and parasites harmful to American livestock and poultry.

Work schedule: 8:00 am-4:30 pm, works every weekend, (Saturday and Sunday) with 2 days off during week. Lots of overtime and holiday pay.

Serve as an animal caretaker responsible for the feeding, care, and general husbandry relating to a variety of animal species.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

This is a temporary appointment not to exceed 1 year. (Appointment may be extended one additional year without reannouncing.) For more details click: Temporary Appointments

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

DUTIES:
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Provide assistance in the unloading and release of animals from quarantine.

Assist in the restraint of animals for processing.

Feed animals in accordance with specific instructions or special diets.

Clean barns, pens, stalls, and cages; contain and dispose of waste materials in accordance with biosecurity procedures.

Keep records concerning animals in quarantine.

Observe animals and report all abnormal conditions or signs indicating disease and observe enclosure or habitat for altered states of repair.

Adhere to biosecurity measures such as changing outer garments between areas, maintaining/using correct disinfectant solutions in foot dip buckets, and applying pesticides and disinfectants.

Assist in the performance of support activities necessary to the effective operation and maintenance of the quarantine station. This may include operating forklifts, tractors, or other motor vehicles; mechanical repairs to various equipment and maintenance duties such as carpentry, painting, lawn care, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify, you must show you have had training and experience of sufficient scope and quality to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Your answers to the vacancy specific questions must be supported by the work experience in your resume. For example, if you respond in the affirmative when questioned whether you have animal skills (such as experience working with horses, large animals, birds), your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.

Special Conditions:
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.

As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.

Work schedule is full time Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, work every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and 2 days off during the week.

Overtime and holiday pay

Heavy physical effort is necessary to perform duties.

Regular lifting required of 50 pounds. Less frequent lifting of up to 75 pounds.

Work is performed in a high security quarantine animal facility. Frequent showers are required.

Subject to all types of weather conditions and temperatures while working inside and outside on a year round basis.

May be exposed to animal bites and scratches and will be required to wear protective clothing such as surgical masks, respirators, boots, gloves, and coveralls when providing care to animals that represent a potential source of disease or other biohazard.

May be subject to disagreeable odors, physical injury and hazards to bites, kicks, and other trauma associated with the handling of animals.

All caretakers are subject to periodic blood testing.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.

Ability to do the work of Animal Caretaker

Ability to observe animals

Ability to follow animal care procedures

Ability to handle animals

Ability to keep records and make reports

Ability to handle weights

Cleanliness, neatness and concern for sanitation

Ability to lead or supervise

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.

If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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BENEFITS:
Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full- or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:
For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs

More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint

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