Status: Full-time position
Location: Brookings, SD
Deadline Date: 1/10/14
Qualifications: Basic Requirement
degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
The qualifying degree must have included at least 24 semester hours in course work, such as agronomy, cell biology, botany, entomology, forestry, horticulture, mycology, nematology, plant pathology, soil science, or other closely related courses. Applicants who do not possess or fail to submit documentation of completion of this requirement will be found not qualified.
FOR THE GS-9/11 LEVEL
Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for this grade level.
FOR THE GS-9 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-8 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Professional knowledge of pertinent plant pest regulations, policies, and procedures of agricultural quarantine principles.
Drafting proposals or work plans and financial plans to be used for survey, sampling, control, trace back, regulatory methods development, etc.
Experience and working knowledge with integrated pest management strategies.
Planning, coordinating and conducting plant pest surveys. Anticipates program flow and direction to minimize shortages, and/or program disruption.
Working knowledge of plant pest permitting and the phytosanitary program.
Demonstrated experience with working with multiple plant pest cooperators and stakeholders to accomplish common goal(s).
Duties: Manages multiple program areas and/or a multi-faceted program (or areas for which a program will be developed), such as post-entry quarantine, gypsy moth, biological control, grasshopper/Mormon cricket, biotechnology, noxious weeds, boll weevil, or other pests.
Provides recommendations to the supervisor and staff on design and development of guidelines, operational standards, and procedures.
Drafts proposals or work plans and financial plans to be used for survey, sampling, control, trace back, regulatory, methods development and improvement, and/or eradication phases of programs or other projects.
Serves as accredited certifying official regarding export certification, which includes interpreting foreign quarantine regulations to facilitate international trade, issuing Federal Phytosanitary Certificates, and ensuring proper maintenance of the fee collection process.
Provides specialized inspection, regulation, and clearance of high risk propagative plant material and plant products and pest diagnostic identification services at plant inspection stations and/or other facilities.
Plans, conducts, and/or supervises various treatments and remedial measures, such as disinfection, sterilization, fumigation, cold treatment, hot water treatment, and irradiation of regulated articles for plant and animal pests and diseases.
Has a broad range of responsibilities under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), including reviewing permits, seizing shipments without proper documents, safeguarding seized or forfeited property, and maintaining accurate files on CITES transactions.
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