Department of Agriculture - Austin TX
Internship Category: Paid
- Participates in the formulation and administration of the broad national and international plans, policies, and objectives of APHIS, particularly those affecting Import/Export.
- Participates in developing, directing, and effectuating field operations to detect, control, and eradicate animal diseases, and enforce Federal regulations and quarantines to control the movement and importation of regulated livestock and poultry.
- Assists with the administration of national policies and procedures within assigned areas by providing authoritative scientific leadership and guidance, establishing benchmarks for operational performance, evaluating the import/export operation of port offices, and analyzing and monitoring user fee budgets and other resources needed to operate port offices.
- Develops and maintains relationships with state and industry officials, international representatives for the animal industry, and all other individuals in assigned areas.
- Assesses the impact of national programs and strategies at the local level and recommends changes or new program initiatives to respond to changing agricultural, producer and consumer needs.
- Evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of the import and export programs for live animals, organisms, vectors, select agents, animal products, by-products, or associated materials via feedback to and from the PPRS staff, foreign country officials, producers, importers, District Directors, Service Center Directors, Port Services Directors, and Port Veterinarians.
- Provides authoritative expertise on diseases of national and international significance to ensure uniform and accurate application of national policies and procedures.
Job family (Series)
0701 Veterinary Medical Science
- Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine (Dvm)
- Veterinary Medicine, Doctors Of (Dvm)
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period
- Valid state driver’s license is required at the time of application
- Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
- Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).
- This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA Supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probation period.
- In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
- Travel to foreign countries may be required to carry out assigned duties.
- Occasional, infrequent assignments require visits to secured areas, such as import centers, laboratories, etc., where protective gear may be required.
- Travel to field locations will be required; further, this position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency (extensive periods may be designated for overnight details).
- If selected, an official college transcript showing a conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school or college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education will be required prior to entering on duty.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA web site has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA web site: http://www.avma.org
OR Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: a) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); b) Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); c) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduates final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g. residency or graduate program).
In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below: a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE; b) Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; c) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.
Waiver Provision: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individuals country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.
Please Note: Current employees, regardless of the series occupied, DO NOT have to meet the English language proficiency requirement. These candidates are covered under the In-service Placement Provisions if they meet the minimum education and experience requirements.
FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Experience with a combination of veterinary, scientific, and/or regulatory responsibilities which involve development of new or improved approaches applicable to a wide variety of regulatory functions, inspection activities, or scientific evaluative processes.
- Knowledge and expertise in areas that include disease exclusion, export certification, domestic and exotic animal disease status, and of general production husbandry parameters which may affect the export of live animals, germplasm, one-day hatching eggs, animal products, and animal bi-products.
- Experience with a combination of veterinary, scientific, and regulatory responsibilities which involve development of new or improved approaches applicable to a wide variety of regulatory functions, inspection activities, or scientific evaluative processes.
- Experience with veterinary science sufficient to provide authoritative analysis of critical issues involving rapid technological changes in the discipline at the national and international level.
OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of a PhD degree in an area of specialization including, but not limited to: animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or other sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position .
OR RESIDENCY/POST GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL. Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position. Applicants should provide a certificate or letter documenting the completion of this program.
OR BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL- Specialty boards that are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) certify eligible candidates as specialists in specific veterinary medical fields. Veterinarians who successfully complete all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization may qualify for the GS-13 grade level. Applicants should provide a certificate or letter documenting their diplomate status.
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Please see above for education requirement information.
- This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ . To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
- Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
- Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
- E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
- It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Direct Hire Authority has been granted government-wide for specific positions due to a severe shortage of candidates. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements. Your application will be reviewed to confirm you possess the education and/or experience described in the qualifications section. The vacancy specific questions are to obtain more information about your experience relative to the job being filled. 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.
- General Veterinary and Microbiology Skills and Accomplishments
- Communication Skills-Interpersonal, Oral, And Written
- Ability to Prioritize Work, Meet Deadlines, Lead Others and Manage Programs/Projects
- Ability to Diagnose and Treat Abnormal Animal, Livestock, Bird, and Poultry Conditions and Contagious Diseases
- Knowledge of Animal Regulatory Requirements, Inspection, Diagnostic and Enforcement Techniques Including Quarantine, Biologics, and Importing /Exporting
- Knowledge of the regulations, policies and procedures for the importation of animal products, animal by-products, related risk materials and the handling of international garbage
- Conflict Management
- Developing Others
- Human Capital Management
- Leveraging Diversity
- Other Supervisory Competencies
Note: 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 lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
To view the application form, visit: https://aphis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=4EBBD96A-D805-4A69-8FDA-A93E00A01354
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust – Background Investigation
The following documents are required. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure/downtime, etc. Encrypted/digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- Resume including: 1)job information for which you are applying 2)personal information 3)education 4)work experience including: schedule & hours worked per week, dates of employment; title/series/grade if applicable 5)supervisors phone number for each period listed, whether or not we may contact them for reference checks and, 6)other qualifications.
- Proof of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Degree or Equivalent:
Legible transcripts showing conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school/college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (COE). An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application. As an alternative, proof of possession of a current permanent unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or territory of the U.S. can be submitted as provisional proof of eligibility.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools not accredited by the AVMA COE must submit DVM transcripts & required documents (i.e., proof of ECFVG certification; or copy of Veterinary license; letter documenting acceptance into an advanced degree/post graduate/residency/graduate program at an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school; AND an English proficiency score report with acceptable minimum scores, from TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL) that prove basic qualification as stated in OPM’s qualification standards.
Applicants substituting education/advanced training for specialized experience must submit: 1)unofficial transcript showing conferred master’s degree in qualifying specialty or 2)letter/certificate documenting completion of at least 2 years of an internship/residency/fellowship in a specific discipline/specialty. All education must have been successfully completed/obtained from an accredited school/college/university.
All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
- DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Although veterans’ preference doesn’t apply under Direct Hire Authority, applicants are encouraged to provide documentation of eligibility. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter & an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged/released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service.
- If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/
- Other required documents may include:
- CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
- Worker’s Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
- Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the HR Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency’s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency’s staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This position is located in the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) National Import Export Services (NIES). The selectee serves as the Assistant Director of Port Services responsible for the oversight of import and export operations at assigned ports of entry. This includes assisting with the oversight of all international movement, through the assigned ports, of live animals, organisms, vectors, select agents, animal products, by-products, or associated materials capable of causing the introduction of diseases to animals, birds, and poultry.
Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
75% or less – Travel for training and work assignments may be required 75% or less.
Who May Apply
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US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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