The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Assigns and reviews the work of staff to ensure timely performance, soundness, and value.
Selects, modifies, and supervises the application of serologic techniques for the detection of antibody proteins in the serums of diseased animals.
Develops standard protocols, provides training, certifies proficiency, supervises the examination of check tests, and recommends the removal of unsatisfactory laboratories.
Provides consultation to veterinarians in the field concerning herds affected with virus diseases, makes trips to laboratories in the United States or internationally for training and problem solving.
Develops and supervises difficult and complex virologic techniques not available in other laboratories for detection of unusual viral diseases.
Recognize laboratory and field needs of APHIS and provide information and guidance in solving problems by appropriate recommendations and well-designed experiments.
Conducts and participates in training schools and seminars by giving lectures and demonstrations and conducting discussion groups.
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
Testing Designated Position: Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
Conferred Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree with application. See "Education" section below for more details.
Immunizations may be required.
CJIS investigation required.
2 openings. Telecommuting is allowed. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: DH-10834723-20-VS
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.
To protect agricultural health, APHIS is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to defend America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases. For example, if the Mediterranean fruit fly and Asian longhorned beetle, two major agricultural pests, were left unchecked, they would result in several billions of dollars in production and marketing losses annually. Similarly, if foot-and-mouth disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza were to become established in the United States, foreign trading partners could invoke trade restrictions and producers would suffer devastating losses.
In the event that a pest or disease of concern is detected, APHIS implements emergency protocols and partners with affected States t...o quickly manage or eradicate the outbreak. This aggressive approach has enabled APHIS to successfully prevent and respond to potential pest and disease threats to U.S. agriculture.
To promote the health of U.S. agriculture in the international trade arena, APHIS develops and advances science-based standards with trading partners to ensure America's agricultural exports, worth more than $50 billion annually, are protected from unjustified restrictions.
In response to needs expressed by the American people and Congress, APHIS' mission has expanded over the years to include such issues as wildlife damage and disease management; regulation of genetically engineered crops and animal welfare; and protection of public health and safety as well as natural resources that are vulnerable to invasive pests and pathogens. While carrying out its diverse protection responsibilities, APHIS makes every effort to address the needs of all stakeholders involved in the U.S. agricultural sector.