Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.
The VA is committed to hiring Veterans
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define who we are, our culture and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are
xcellence (I CARE).
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You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Pre-employment physical required.
: This is a
appointment (not-to-exceed 4 years). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.
This position is located at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN., Veterinary Medical Unit. You will be responsible for all animal species. in the veterinary unit.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Replenishes food and water daily.
Changes bedding and clean cages and pens.
Cleans animal housing areas.
Loads and operates cage washers.
Prepares surgical packs and cleans and sanitizes operating room areas.
Performs anesthesia and administers medications and treatment to animals.
Handles, cages, cards and houses newly arrived animals.
Maintains adequate levels of supplies.
Reports any malfunctions of equipment, defects in cages and caging equipment.
Monitors animal housing areas for room temperature.
Anesthetizes and administers medications and treatment to animals as directed.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (
). For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.
You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
ABILITY TO DO THE WORK OF AN ANIMAL CARETAKER WITHOUT MORE THAN NORMAL SUPERVISION (Screen Out)
TECHNICAL PRACTICES: (theoretical precise, artistic) USED IN PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF AN ANIMAL CARETAKER
KNOWLEDGE OF AND SKILL IN THE USE OF MEASURING INSTRUMENTS
ABILITY TO INTERPRET INSTRUCTIONS, AND SPECIFICATIONS WHILE OBSERVING ANIMALS
KNOWLEDGE OF MATERIALS AND ABILITY TO USE AND MAINTAIN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
KNOWLEDGE OF AND ABILITY TO USE DEXTERITY AND SAFETY PRACTICES
This position requires walking and standing much of the day.
Further, it requires frequent bending as well as lifting and carrying heavy objects such as 25 to 50 pound sacks of animal food, bedding materials, and racks of cages. You may be required to restrain/assist with restraining of large animals. In order to prevent injury, extreme care must be exercised in lifting or carrying these materials, in restraining or handling animals, and in operating equipment such as cage or rack washer.
You work in clean, well-lighted, ventilated, usually on cement-floored areas.
You will frequently be exposed to noxious odors, unpleasant noises, and animal wastes.
Constant vigilance and careful and appropriate handling is essential when working with animals if you are to avoid bites and/or scratches.
There is danger in acid burns and of steam and hot water burns while cleaning cages or operating the cage or rack washer if you assumed a relaxed attitude in performing these tasks.
You may be exposed to infection in handling materials or equipment containing and/or contaminated with blood, urine, or feces.
Protective clothing will be provided and worn when necessary.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "
SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference
," (go to
) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:
Best Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that substantially exceed the minimum qualifications of the position and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Well Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that exceed the minimum qualification of the position and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that meet the minimum qualifications of the position.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best-qualified group. The best-qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:
The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to
). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this
or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the
VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
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