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Pathways Intern Program Information:
This position is located in the Wildlife Health Office, Natural Resources Program Center (Center) with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Fort Collins, CO. The Center collects and synthesizes information that supports management at multiple geographic scales and informs decisions at all organizational levels. The Center also informs adaptation strategies to climate change and other environmental stressors and assists local manages and staffs on National Wildlife Refuges by providing sound, scientific protocols and data to inform management decisions. The Veterinary Intern will monitor and address wildlife health issues that could have impact on agricultural resources and public health.
Reviews scientific proposals and reports to evaluate hypotheses, research design, appropriateness of methods, probability of success, and overall importance to wildlife disease management or science
Develops the annual budget and work plan, as well as facilitating issue identification, prioritization, and effective response
Draft Service-wide plans to respond to new wildlife disease trends and the impacts they may have on livestock and human health
Establishes and maintains liaison with research and management biologists from natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, and universities who have expertise specific to wildlife diseases
Prepares reports and articles for publication in scientific literature and for presentation at professional meetings
Assists the WHO staff in providing veterinary field support for outbreak investigation, monitoring, biological sample collection and processing, surgical procedures, chemical restraint and handling of small and large animals.
Conducts biological field investigations involving wildlife populations, including population health, arthropod vector, and harvest surveys, targeted disease surveillance, and ecological epidemiology.
Assists the WHO staff in working with Regional Refuge and field Biologists to provide training in wildlife health monitoring and surveillance procedures, chemical and physical restraint and handling, and Disease Contingency Plans.
Assists the WHO Staff and the Center Director to provide technical expertise and advice on wildlife population and management issues, specifically regarding monitoring, early detection of, and response to wildlife diseases.
You must meet ALL qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59pm (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
Pathways Program Requirement:
Applicants meet the following eligibility requirement, and provide documentation such as a copy of your official transcript and/or veteran’s documentation by the closing date of the announcement to be considered:
- Current students in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service. You must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples of this experience: veterinary work or school projects documenting veterinary wildlife issues.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to the responses you submitted on the assessment section of this vacancy. Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine the category in which you will be placed. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.
Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied. Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:
Professional knowledge of wildlife management concepts, principles, practices, and field techniques to manage complex wildlife management issues that involve wildlife health.
Ability to synthesize existing information, apply new scientific findings, developments, and advances to develop recommendations that address long-term wildlife health and management needs that are national and international in scope.
Skill in working effectively with individuals, other agencies, and a wide variety of interest groups for the purpose of coordinating wildlife health efforts and resolving conflicts.
Ability to design and safely conduct under guidance a variety of disease monitoring surveys and other quantitative field investigations, including planning complex logistics in remote areas. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category determination is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must attach a completed SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required on the SF-15. LACK OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN THE AGENCY’S INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE VETERAN STATUS FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
One or more positions may be filled through this vacancy announcement.
PLEDGE TO APPLICANTS
The Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service recognize that a Government’s most important asset is its people. To attract talented people to the service of the Nation, we believe the application process should enable rather than deter job seekers. To that end, we will work to ensure a process that reflects these principles. 1) A user-friendly application process that is not unduly burdensome or time consuming. 2) Clear, understandable job announcements and instructions for applying. 3) Timely and informed responses to questions about the requirements and the process. 4) Prompt acknowledgement that their application has been received. 5) Regular updates on the status of their applications as significant decisions are reached. 6) A timely decision-making process.
After Program Completion:
Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.
To be eligible for conversion, Interns MUST:
- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
- Complete their degree or certificate requirements
- Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
- Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement, and
- Perform their job successfully.
- Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.
- In addition, students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement.
- Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Your Resume
- A complete Assessment Questionnaire
- Other supporting documents
- Photo copies of Official Transcript(s) (Unofficial copies will be accepted)
- Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 17, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, you may fax a completed cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf along with your documents using the following Vacancy ID R9-15-1233979-JH.
Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 If you cannot apply online: Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnairehttp://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
- Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
For this job announcement the following documents are required:
Photo copies of Official Transcript(s)
NOTE: Unofficial Transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for this position.
You can receive credit for education earned outside of the United States if you provide evidence that is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable)
Submitting Documents Include the 6-character Vacancy Identification Number R9-15-1233979-JH
Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application. You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page. Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Your resume must contain the basic information outlined in the usajobs website: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume.
At a minimum your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade if Federal) duties, starting and ending date (month and year), hours per week worked and salary. If you do not provide the minimum information requested above, this will prevent you from qualifying for this position.
Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: Not using the special cover page mentioned above; Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number; Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Joeanna Headen Phone: (703)358-1743 Email: JOEANNA_HEADEN@FWS.GOV Agency Information: US Fish and Wildlife Service Virginia Division of Human Capital 5275 Leesburg Pike MS-BPHC Falls Church, VA 22041
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.