CBP AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST
Department Of Homeland Security - Texas

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CBP Securing America's Borders
Whether on the frontlines or serving behind the scenes supporting our mission, the men and women of CBP are dedicated to keeping America safe. CBP counts on them. Our Nation counts on them. Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?

CBP Mission Statement:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation’s borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.

CBP encourages Women, Minorities and Veterans to apply for an exciting career with Customs and Border Protection.

The video: Protecting America 24/7 - emphasizes the importance of CBP Field Operations' frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission. Watch it at: http://cbpapps.cbp.dhs.gov/ofo/2011/protecting_america/pro_america.wmv

For more information and CBP’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website: http://www.cbp.gov/ . For additional information on the Agriculture Specialist position, please visit us at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/customs_careers/ag_spec/ Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder

The Salary listed in this announcement is based on the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) General Schedule (GS) salary tables for the Rest of the United States (RUS). To find the salary for the location for witch you are applying to go to:

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2013/general-schedule/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. citizenship requirement
Background investigation, which may include a successful polygraph exam
Must possess a valid state driver's license
Medical exam; Drug test; Video-Based test required
Residency in the US for the last three years
CBP operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regular/recurring shift work DUTIES:

CBP employees screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments for questionable and dangerous agriculture commodities; protect the country against the threat of invasive pests and foreign animal diseases; prevent invasive species that could harm our crops, livestock, environment and economy; and educate travelers as to why certain agricultural commodities and meat products are seized. The CBP Agriculture Specialist (AGS) primary responsibilities are:

Serve as a consultant in the areas of inspection, analysis, intelligence, examinations and law enforcement
activities regarding the importation of agricultural/commercial commodities and conveyances at ports of entry.

Apply laws and regulations when determining the admissibility of agriculture commodities while
preventing the introduction of harmful pests, diseases, and potential agro-terrorism into the United States.

Participate in special enforcement, targeting or analysis teams charged with collecting and analyzing
information and identifying high-risk targets.

Plan and conduct remedial actions such as treating, disinfecting, and decontaminating prohibited
commodities, conveyances, contaminants or agricultural materials. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Requirement for All Grades: You must have successfully completed a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences including botany, entomology, plant pathology, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines (e.g., ecology). If you have not completed the above described education, you must have completed at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline at an accredited college or university plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience may include working in such areas as pest management, environmental monitoring, farm management, agricultural commodity importation and/or exportation or other related experience in pest/pathogen detection, regulation, eradication and control.

GS-5 : You qualify at the GS-5 level if you meet the basic requirement above.

GS-7 : You qualify at the GS-7 level if you meet the basic requirements as described above AND you possess one year of specialized experience that equips you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level. Examples include applying clear, detailed instructions to assist with the inspection of vessels, vehicles, aircraft and baggage for the presence of restricted plant material, pests or diseases and with the review/analysis of passenger and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry.

GS-9 : You qualify at the GS-9 level if you meet the basic requirements as described above AND one year of specialized experience that equip you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. Examples include independently conducting routine inspections of vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases and either safeguarding and confiscating prohibited items or treating infested material; or reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents, databases and tactical intelligence to assess the agricultural risk of their entry.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
GS-7: You may substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. A course of study in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related field is qualifying. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise one year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.

OR

GS-7: You may substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or have class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-9: You may substitute successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree from an accredited college or university for the experience required at the GS-9 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills needed to do the work of the position. A course of study in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related field is qualifying. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-5, GS-7 and GS-9 grade levels. Your education must have included at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline appropriate to the position. Applicants may be eligible to qualify for the position based on education completed within 9 months from the date of application.

Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to this announcement will be required to serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to accept a change to lower grade which may reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulations.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.

Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: New hires must successfully complete ten to twelve weeks of paid training at the Professional Development Center located in Frederick, MD. Failure to successfully complete the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.

Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.

Shift Work : You may be required to work regular and recurring shifts. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

Knowledge of inspection programs, policies, practices, and methods

Ability to evaluate, analyze, review and assess prohibited items, pests or diseases

Ability to communicate orally and in writing

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Veterans : Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx

BENEFITS:
CBP offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid Federal holidays. Other benefits may include: tuition reimbursement, transportation subsidies, uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, and fitness centers. CBP is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities. For more information, go to http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/benefits_employees/overview_benefits.xml OTHER INFORMATION:

Polygraph Examination: You may be required to successfully complete a favorable polygraph examination that takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The results will be used to determine your suitability for the position. For more information on the polygraph examination please see the following link:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, selected applicants will be required to undergo, and successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on the background investigation process please see the following link:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml

Residency : If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:

1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);

2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

3. Been a dependant of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Drug Test Requirement: Because the essential duties and functions performed by the position are related to complex issues involving national security and the protection of public health and the American economy, you must undergo and successfully pass a drug test.

Medical Requirements: You will be scheduled to undergo a pre-employment medical examination in order to determine if you are medically qualified to perform the full range of duties of the position safely and efficiently. CBP will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. Final medical determination may require additional information and/or testing. If travel is necessary or if medical information is needed beyond that provided by the pre-placement examination, it is your responsibility. Applicant’s medical history will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine medical qualification.

Video-Based Test (VBT): You must take and pass a Video-Based Test (VBT) interview. When you are administered the VBT, you will be filmed while responding to a set of videotaped scenarios. This film will later be viewed and evaluated by a team of CBP management officials. The test is rated on a pass/fail basis.

Geographic Locations:
Applicants applying to this announcement will only be able to select one geographic region. Positions may be filled at any CBP port of entry within the regions. Applicants must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that region’s jurisdiction.

99HSBD001 Southwest Border - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Laredo, El Paso, Fabens, Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Pharr, Progreso, Presidio, Rio Grande City, and Roma, TEXAS; Andrade, Calexico, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Tecate, and San Bernardino, CALIFORNIA; and the States of Arizona, and New Mexico

99HSBD002 Northwest/Northern Border - States of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota

99HSBD003 Midwest Region - States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Ohio, Colorado and Michigan

99HSBD004 Northeast Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Erie, Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA; Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Alexandria Bay, Champlain, Ogdensburg, NEW YORK; and the States of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine

99HSBD005 Southeast Region - States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky

99HSBD006 Florida & Caribbean Region - Florida, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, VI and St. Croix, VI
99HSBD007 Texas East Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Houston, Galveston, Dallas, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland, Freeport, Port Arthur, and San Antonio, TEXAS

99HSBD008 West Coast Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, CALIFORNIA; and the States of Nevada and Oregon
99HSBD009 Central/East Coast Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Queens/JFK, NEW YORK; Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA; and the States of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia
99HSBD010 Pacific Region - Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
99HSBD011 Alaska
152400003 Hawaii

Direct Deposit - All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

Equal Employment Opportunity: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodations: CBP provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the registration and hiring process, applicants should contact the office scheduling them for that portion of the process.

Physical and Environmental Conditions: The work environment includes offices, aircraft operation areas, airline passenger and cargo areas, and land ports. Periods of outdoor work may be required in snow, rain or extreme heat. Occasional period of outdoor work may be required in remote areas with no modern comfort facilities. The work may involve the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and fumigants. Protective clothing may be required such as hard hats, gloves, goggles, hearing protection and respirators.

Relocation expenses will not be paid. To compare cost of living data, calculate mortgage scenarios, or gather information on communities and school districts, please visit the website: http://www.relocationessentials.com/aff/lifecare/tools/salary/col.aspx

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