Animal Caretaker (Biocontainment) - Recent Graduates


Vacancy ID: 797025   Announcement Number: ARS-X13E-0023   USAJOBS Control Number: 332406400

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 797025
1. Title of Job

Animal Caretaker (Biocontainment) - Recent Graduates
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties


001 Animal Caretaker (Biocontainment)

21. Geographic Availability

Select at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


190230169 Ames, IA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Have you completed program requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctoral or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the past 2 years? Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty; however, eligibility cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree (or certification) was completed.

A. Yes
B. No

2. Do you reside within a 60 mile radius of Ames, Iowa?

A. Yes
B. No

3. Do you possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license?

A. Yes
B. No

Your resume and responses to this Assessment Questionnaire will be evaluated to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

4. Select one statement that best describes your highest level of experience as it relates to your ability to perform the duties of the Animal Caretaker (Biocontainment), WG-5048-06, position.

A. I have experience providing animal care on a full-time basis working with animals in confinement operations or research settings with herds/flocks larger than 25 animals.
B. I have experience handling emergency situations such as separating animals, administering first aid, or capturing escaped, dangerous, or contaminated animals. I have an in-depth knowledge of the species to be cared for and advise other animal caretakers on characteristics of these species or problems concerning their care. I have a basic knowledge of humane euthanasia.
C. I have experience determining on my own initiative the needs of animals cared for and providing care according to their needs, individual circumstances or special instructions. I have handled and restrained hard-to-control animals and performed such techniques as shaving, supplemental feeding via gastric tube, or applying medication. I have knowledge of the feed requirements of animals and able to select and prepare the proper feed and feed supplements as required by individual animals. I have experience comprehending and following specific written or oral instructions such as exact amounts and types of medicines animals receive.

D. I have experience caring for animals on my own initiative. I have observed animals for obvious changes in appearance and activity, and notified higher graded employees of any abnormalities found.

E. My training or experience is not reflected in the above statements, but I am willing to learn.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I know little or nothing about this.
B- I have had study or training in this.
C- I have used my knowledge or ability, but I have been closely supervised.
D- I have used my knowledge or ability on my own, under normal supervision.
E- I am consulted by other journeypersons in difficult situations, or I am called on to do unusually difficult jobs.

5. Detect gradual, accumulative, or unpredictable effects of experimental drugs used on animals.

6. Recognize normal patterns of animal behavior and determine the cause of any change, e.g. illness, pain, type of environment.

7. Provide enrichment, conditioning, and welfare for animals being housed in research facilities, farms, zoos, or kennels.

8. Provide adequate space for animals to move freely and humane restraint.

9. Recognize signs of common diseases, illness, parasites, or abnormalities such as discoloration/roughness of fur or skin, eye abnormalities, or uncoordinated movements.

10. Answer questions of lower grade employees or check unusual appearance or activities of animals brought to attention.

11. Recognize obvious changes of appearance or behavior such as excess loss of fur or feathers, refusal to feed, or reduced activity.

12. Recognize animals by color, color combinations, sex, size, tags or tattoos and locate animals mingled with other animals or those with natural camouflage.

13. Maintain records related to research experiments including such information as necropsy findings, procedures used, time of first symptoms, or summarizing information into reports.

14. Determine the cost of raising animals or maintaining inventory records of animals, feed, equipment, and other supplies for animal care operations.

15. Record and understand detailed information such as health records, lineage of animals, weights and measures, feed and liquid intake, and types of medications animals receive.

16. Read, record and report information such as color and other markings, type and amount of feed, room temperature, dates, times, and unusual appearance or activity of animals.

17. Make prompt decisions to meet emergency situations such as separating fighting animals, capturing escaped, dangerous or contaminated animals.

18. Follow special instructions such as giving medications, feeding specific diets, or following special sanitary procedures.

19. Determine the needs of animals and provide care according to the breed of animal, its age, condition, or special circumstances.

20. Follow general instruction such as providing each animal a set measure of food or liquid at specified times of the day.

21. Work under experimental conditions.

22. Direct others in practices/methods of experimental work.

23. Maintain animal facilities in a clean and sanitary condition by washing and disinfecting.

24. Maintain strict isolation to prevent undesired exposure of animals to contamination and to preserve the validity of the experiment.

25. Work with animals in isolation without endangering the animal, self, or others.

26. Work in a hazardous situation while under safeguards.

27. Follow new techniques under supervision and carry out exact procedures involving simple decisions.

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

28. If you fail to respond to this item, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.