Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Animal Caretaker in Gardnerville, Nevada

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Summary

This position is part of the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex. As a Animal Caretaker you will be responsible for performing a variety of fish culturist activities with a specific production cycle which includes the release of fish and a down period.

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Responsibilities

Physical Demands: This position requires regular and recurring heavy physical effort involving frequent lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying fish, supplies, and materials varying weights, sizes, and shapes up to 75 pounds, and occasionally between 80-100 pounds is required. The work involves standing in place or stooping for extended periods of time and frequent immersion of hands in cold water. Manual dexterity and quick reflexes are required for handling live fish.

Work Environment: Work is performed both outdoor and indoor. Outdoor work is performed in varying weather conditions and temperatures with exposure to wet and slippery surfaces, strong and unpleasant odors, drafts, loud noise, dust, and dirt. Muscle strain, cuts, scrapes, and bruises are likely. Incumbent is subject to greater possibility of injury while handling large fish coming out from under the anesthetic at unforeseen moments in enclosed and constrained confines area where the ability to move fast and decisively is critical.

Hatchery Alarm Response: You are required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned. Alarm must be responded to timely in order to ensure Hatchery specimens remain viable.

As an Animal Caretaker (Fisheries), you will perform fish culture work which involves breeding, rearing, and/or growing Lahontan cutthroat trout at a fish hatchery, deciding what care is required or following special instructions, and performing various other duties in support of the program. You will be actively involved in the entire production cycle of the hatchery from egg care, after-hatching, raising and feeding of fry, to rearing and release of fish, and subsequent harvesting of new eggs to continue the cycle. Major duties include:

  • Caring for fish, spawning, eggs, fry and feeding fish throughout the rearing cycle;

  • Monitoring the appearance and behavior of fish for changes indicative of disease, discontent, or environmental distress, and remedying or reporting the problem;

  • Recording, computing and summarizing data on fish, such as size, weight, age, sex, mortalities and quantities and formula of food fed;

  • Maintaining equipment and fish culture facilities, including cleaning tanks, raceway, and ponds.

  • During spawning and incubation processes, measuring chemicals, monitoring water flows, monitoring adult fish behavior, culling dead fish and recording appropriate data. Operating spawning and anesthetic hoists, applying and monitoring anesthetic levels;

  • Performing activities related to preservation and fertilization of eggs, including care, feeding and incubation; feeding fish, including monitoring and adjusting feed cycles.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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5048 Animal Caretaking

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • A valid state driver's license is required in order to comply with state and federal regulations and service policies for operating motor vehicles
  • Incumbent is required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned.
  • Work requires working evenings, weekends and holidays.
Qualifications

By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation.

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/

Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the position and the Assessment Questionnaire in order to be rated qualified for consideration. To be qualified candidates must meet any screen out element(s) listed at an "acceptable" level, and must achieve an average rating of at least "acceptable" on all of the elements. Only education, training, or experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.

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.

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Additional information

**This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R8-19-10337386-SY-MP for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area)** from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

  • FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 11/16/2018.
  1. A PCS move is not authorized.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Ability to do the work of an Animal Caretaker without more than normal supervision (Screen-Out)

  • Technical practices (observing and monitoring fish)

  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment

  • Dexterity and safety

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:

  • Best Qualified: High proficiency and comprehensive level.

  • Well Qualified: Overall competency.

  • Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications for the position, but fails the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
  2. Other supporting documents:
  3. Cover Letter, optional
  4. Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
  5. Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  6. If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Apply
  1. Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
  2. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
  3. You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/16/2018 to receive consideration.
  4. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  5. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  6. After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  7. You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
  8. You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
  9. Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
  10. To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10337385 To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

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Agency contact information
Shaunna Young
Phone

503-736-4770

Email

shaunnayoung@fws.gov

Address

Division of Human Resources Division of Human Resources 2800 Cottage Way Sacramento, CA 95825 US

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Next steps

Once you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted by the customer office.

You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account as we will not be responding to inquiries about the status of applications as long as the system has been updated.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515899600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/02/2018 to 11/16/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WG 5

Salary: $19.60 to $22.84 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time