Status: Full-time position
Location: Portal, ND
Salary: $57,982.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year
Deadline Date: 1/30/14
Date Available: 1/23/14
The Port Veterinarian serves as Veterinary Medical Officer in a regulatory and enforcement agency with the responsibility for overall station import/export operations at one or more air, ocean, or land border ports of entry/export to preclude international movement of animals, animal products, by-products, or associated materials and vectors capable of causing introduction of animal diseases.
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.
Qualifications: 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.
1.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 website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA website: http://www.avma.org OR
2.Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: (Refer to AVMA website for schools in this category.) 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); OR 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. An AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college must have accepted the 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; OR 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 individual's 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-11 LEVEL: Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for this grade level.
FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:. Inspecting, examining, and quarantining animals and birds exhibiting symptoms or evidence of communicable disease or animals which do not meet import requirements.. Evaluating the effectiveness of the import/export program for animal products and related materials.. Keeping abreast of research literature and food production practices impacting public health, preventive medicine, and animal disease control and prevention.. Regulating the import and export of animals and animal by-products.. Enforcing or modifying existing import regulations pertaining to animals and microbial agents that represent threats to human health.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of a Master's 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. Education must be obtained from an accredited college or university. Must submit transcripts if qualifying based on education.
OR RESIDENCY/POST GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of two 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 in order to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.
Duties: 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:
. Plans and coordinates medical and program procedures to deal with animals and their by-products offered for importation into the U.S. for the purpose of determining Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) and their freedom from infestation and/or infectious, contagious or communicable diseases. Evaluates and coordinates the inspection, approval and surveillance systems of establishments involved in handling restricted animals and products such as valuable breeding stock, zoo animals, exotic birds, hides, feathers, and trophies.
. Examines purebred animals declared for entry into the US under provisions of the Tariff Act to assure such animals are free from disease, are properly identified, and accompanying documents are in order. Insures all cooperating agencies and officials are kept informed and familiar with appropriate regulations and procedures relative to the entry and export of animals and their by-products or other restricted materials, and carried out accordingly.
. Inspects and coordinates inspection of animals being exported to determine their freedom from evidence of infectious, contagious or communicable disease or parasitism, and certifies such shipments meet the requirements as listed in Federal Regulations or as specified in import health agreements with countries of destination. Also oversees or monitors such exports in transit through the port(s).
. Determines, based on medical opinions and guidelines, the disposition of smuggled or otherwise ineligible animals, products, and associated materials subject to international movement. Inspects, quarantines, and releases poultry and birds offered for entry. May operate and manage USDA-owned bird quarantine facilities including care and feeding, maintenance, sanitation, procurement of supplies, disease control and treatment, disposal and disinfection, and safety. Advises brokers, airline and shipping officials and personnel, importers and exporters, cooperating Federal, State, and local officials, and the public on applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
. May supervise and train lay inspectors or Animal Health Technicians who work under their supervision. Supervises and trains Veterinary Medical Officers as the needs of the service require.
. May represent the agency before public and private livestock groups and individuals for the promotion of disease prevention, control, and eradication programs. Evaluates and recommends modification of inspection procedures and facilities in coordination with U.S. Customs Service to accommodate changes in requirements and to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
. Maintains contacts with foreign and domestic professional and industry officials to monitor and evaluate significance of potential disease situations at points of origin and adapts surveillance modifications.
. Develops, maintains and directs safe, humane care and treatment of animals to insure adequate, sanitary inspection facilities and operations. Interprets agency memoranda, regulations, and guidelines; assures uniform enforcement; reviews new veterinary medical literature and may attend continuing education seminars. May enforce the Horse Protection Act, including licensing and inspecting dealers and exhibitors, registering and inspecting research facilities, and investigating complaints and alleged violations.
. May serve on an emergency disease eradication task force which has responsibility for instituting immediate quarantine, diagnostic controls, and eradication measures to effectively localize and eliminate the epidemic. May be responsible for cooperative State/Federal programs in an assigned area.
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process. .You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
.We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
.This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
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You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. •Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
.College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
.DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
.Other required documents may include:
.CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
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