Supervisory/Veterinary Medical Officer (PHV)
Department Of Agriculture - United States

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  • PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH FOOD SAFETY AND DEFENSE *
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory Agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). We protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

** Please Note Important Information about this Open Continuous Announcement **

This announcement has been amended to add "Training as a Condition of Employment" (TCOE) requirements. The Open Period of this announcement has also been updated (opening and closing dates have been changed). If you have already applied to Job Announcement Number VMO-264332-09, you do not need to reapply to this announcement.

This is an open continuous announcement which will be used to collect applications from applicants and will be used to fill vacancies as they become available.

You will be allowed to complete the online questionnaire and application process only ONCE in a 12 month period. Your application is valid through the closing date of the announcement unless otherwise notified.

We are not able to predict if or when vacancies will be filled in specific geographic areas. You will be contacted when a position matching your geographic preference becomes available and you are among the best qualified applicants being considered for a position. You may select up to ten (10) states/geographic areas for consideration.

• Do you want to make a difference in helping protect our nation’s food supply?

• Are you interested in improving public health?

• Does working in meat and poultry establishments interest you?

FSIS IS CURRENTLY OFFERING SOME AMAZING RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES INCLUDING A TIERED SIGN ON BONUS IN SELECT LOCATIONS OF UP TO $50,000 OR EVEN MORE!!!

FSIS Recruitment Incentives provides details of the current recruitment incentives available.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to seek a greater leadership role and responsibility in public health. If you are a new, mid career, or experienced professional interested in a Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) career, this job is for you! Our mission is to protect the consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products moving interstate in commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

FSIS operates under the Public Health Human Resources System (PHHRS), a Pay Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project. For more information click PHHRS . The AP-0701-03 is equivalent to GS-9/11 and the AP-0701-04 is equivalent to the GS-12/13. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Relevant specialized education (See Qualification/Evaluation)
This Position Has a Training as a Condition of Employment Requirement
Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (See www.sss.gov)
Occupational Questionnaire, Resume, DVM Transcripts (See How to Apply)
Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation DUTIES:

FSIS will pay travel and transportation expenses to the first post of duty for our newly hired veterinarians. This incentive is available to new Federal appointees and only includes the actual costs incurred as a result of the employee's travel and transportation of household goods to the first post of duty.

Our Public Health Veterinarian's are valued members of a dynamic team. Most importantly, you are in a pivotal role from day one and your work has visible impact. You will be:

• planning, organizing, coordinating and adapting the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/or processing establishments;
• ensuring establishments meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations;
• overseeing other consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such as proper labeling and packaging;
• serving as team leader who works with and supervises other public health professionals to ensure establishments under our jurisdiction comply with sanitation standards and properly implement systems that control hazards from entering the food supply;
• enforcing Federal meat and poultry inspection procedures prior to slaughter and throughout the entire establishment, including humane handling, ante-mortem inspection, post-mortem inspection, processing operations, veterinary dispositions, and transportation and distribution of meat, poultry, and egg products to markets and retail stores.

This position has a training program requirement as a condition of employment. If selected, you must successfully complete a 10-week training program at designated locations which will require travel outside the duty location for an extended period. The Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) training is necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of a PHV to further the mission of the Office of Field Operations and FSIS. You must begin the training within 90 days of the effective date of your selection, and you must successfully complete it within 12 months of the effective date of your selection. If you are a new hire with FSIS and you fail to successfully complete the training, you will be terminated from Federal Employment. If you are not a new hire to FSIS and have moved into a Public Health Veterinarian position from another type of position in FSIS, you will either be removed from Federal service; returned to your former position (depending on availability and the needs of the Agency); or if qualified, be offered another position at the same or lower grade than the position held immediately before accepting the covered position.

To assist in your understanding the work environment where the majority of our VMO's and Food Inspectors work, click Ante-mortem post-mortem video QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position has a specialized education requirement.

You must have a DVM degree (or will receive your DVM degree within the next nine months) from an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school. If you have a degree from a foreign veterinary medical school, that is not accredited by the AVMA, click on this REQUIREMENTS link. If you are selected for a position, you will be required to have official transcripts sent directly from your college, to our Human Resources Office.

You will start at either the AP-0701-03 or AP-0701-04. To qualify at the AP-0701-04, you must have:

At least one year of post DVM specialized veterinary experience that demonstrates the ability to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required of the position; or
A Master's degree, from an accredited college, in an area of specialization; or
Successfully completed two years of an internship, residency program or fellowship training program in a discipline related to this position.

The Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0700/0701.asp

Medical Requirements: This position requires a pre-employment physical. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard to themselves or others. These positions require good vision (including color vision), hearing, touch and eye-hand coordination. Applicants who use a prosthetic or mechanical aid that satisfactorily compensates for an impaired function will be considered. (Current employees of the Food Safety and Inspection service may already have a pre-employment physical)

Functional Requirements/Environmental Factors: Veterinary Medical Officers, Food Inspectors and Consumer Safety Inspectors (slaughter) are involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry and post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry. This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly. Workstations and walkways can be extremely narrow and slippery. Excellent stability and balance is required. Frequent physical activities such as walking, climbing, standing, and kneeling are required, including climbing and walking on catwalks. Various environmental conditions, ranging from sub-freezing temperatures to frequent summertime temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees are common, with extreme humidity.

Inspection activity requires rapid, constant repetitive motion with both hands and wrists. Red meat viscera inspection requires the palpation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives. Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of abnormalities that make a product unfit for human consumption.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate your application package based on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume and your supporting documents. The Questionnaire collects information on your education, training and experiences in the veterinary field. To preview the Questionnaire click View Occupational Questionnaire

BENEFITS:
Incentives : Working for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; life insurance; health insurance; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Details of the current recruitment incentives our Agency may be able to offer can be found at Recruitment Incentives . The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here Federal government benefits OTHER INFORMATION:

We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/PSF.jsp Travel : Some positions will require travel from establishment to establishment
during the work week and/or day. This position may require travel away from
home for 1 - 5 nights per month.

Promotion Opportunity : If selected at the AP-3 level and the position has promotion potential to the AP-4, you may be promoted to the AP-4, upon completion of 12 months of satisfactory performance. The majority of our positions are full performance level AP-4 (GS-12/13); however we do employ some
full performance AP-3 (GS-9/11) veterinarians.

Veterans’ Preference : To receive preference, you must provide documentation (such as a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, Member 4 copy is preferred, or if you have not yet received your DD-214, you may submit other written documentation from the armed forces certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the documentation was signed. Prior to appointment, applicants must provide a copy of their DD-214, that includes beginning and ending dates of service and character of discharge. Applicants claiming 10-point preference, must submit a signed Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and must also submit a copy of the required supporting documentation (such as an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that you have a service-connected disability, other acceptable documents are listed on the SF-15). For additional information: Feds Hire Vets

Selective Service : If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See Selective Service

Background Investigation : Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and granting of a federal suitability or security clearance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture participate in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary,the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. What is E-Verify? Why is it required?

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) . The ICTAP and CTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For those instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest score on the best qualified list. CTAP and ICTAP eligible's must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent) and one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) noting current position (or position at separation), grade level, and duty location or equivalent that documents separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Please click here for additional information on CTAP/ICTAP: Employee's Guide to Career Transition

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