Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is located in the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Professional Development Center (PDC), National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) and provides independent and highly technical assistance to NDDTC Training Specialists. The incumbent also serves as a source of information to agency and program personnel regarding training programs and related administrative functions. Assignments entail a wide variety of technical and non-technical projects and activities in the training arena, particularly the administration and delivery of Basic Canine Officer Training (BCOT).
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The duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Serves as liaison to PPQ regional and field personnel to coordinate the scheduling and completion of BCOT for new Canine Officers.
- Assists with designing, developing, and revising instructional materials, e.g. tests, case studies, practice exercises, etc.
- Prepares, types, formats, and edits instructional materials, reports, letters, memoranda, and other general correspondence.
- Trains, handles, and cares for canines.
- Delivers short courses in basic subject areas in a clear, concise, and organized manner to students, staff, and field personnel.
- Conducts data gathering interviews (largely by telephone) to collect course data and reviews, tabulates, and summarizes data collected from various evaluation instruments to formulate recommendations for improving training.
- Develops and distributes a wide variety of training information (e.g. course availability, content, requirements, materials, instructional aids, training policies and regulations, etc.) and responds to routine questions and concerns regarding the BCOT program expressed by training participants, staff, and management.
- Organizes logistics for training delivery (including budgeting, scheduling, travel, lodging, training location, instructional materials, and supplies) and conducts cost analyses to identify the most effective locations for training when delivery is outside the NDDTC.
To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
- Designing and developing instructional materials, such as tests, case studies, job aids, and practice exercises.
- Collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data from various instruments and providing recommendations for training improvements.
- Working with a wide variety of administrative and office management support functions to organize logistics for training delivery.
- Training, handling, and care of canines.
- 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.
- Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period.
- Work environment is in office, classroom, and field settings. Incumbent is exposed to loud noise, unpleasant odors, and requires contact with canines in a kennel setting.
- Work requires physical stamina to meet short deadlines; workload and demands from staff may be stressful at times.
- Frequent work at a computer terminal for extended periods is also involved. Lifting of small boxes may be required.
- Occasional travel is involved.
- Applicants must be qualified typists (40 WPM).
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.
- Preparing, formatting, typing, and editing instructional materials and correspondence
- Team skills and other leadership qualities
- Canine training, handling, and care
- 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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More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
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