Vacancy ID: 826118   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CVM-13-DE-826118   USAJOBS Control Number: 335754300

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please select the response below that best indicates how you meet the basic education requirement for a GS-0487 Animal Scientist position.

A. I have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in animal science, dairy science, poultry science; or a related discipline or field of animal science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and agricultural sciences, and 20 semester hours in animal science, of which 10 of the required 20 semester hours in animal science must have been in courses dealing with the breeding, feeding, production, and management of livestock, and the care and preparation of their products.
B. I have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in the basic biological and agricultural sciences, including a minimum of 20 semester hours in appropriate animal science subjects, as described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not have the education and/or experience described above.

2. Do you have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, that included evaluating the adequacy of animal food labeling for compliance with appropriate laws and regulations; researching and reviewing safety and nutritional toxicology substances used in ruminant feeds; and evaluating safety and nutritional characteristics of novel substances used in animal foods including pet food?

A. Yes (this specialized experience must be reflected in your resume)
B. I do not possess the experience described above.

For each of the items below, select the one statement that most accurately describes your experience and capability using the scale below.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

3. Conduct technical review of animal food labeling to determine if compliant with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

4. Review experimental data and literature to determine if animal food label claims are scientifically supported.

5. Provide written recommendations to management on the adequacy of data to support new label claims for animal food.

6. Respond to inquiries regarding appropriate labeling and use of ingredients in animal food.

7. Provide advice on the adequacy of directions regarding the use, contraindications, warnings, and precautions for food additive petitions.

8. Review utility data submitted by sponsors of food additive petitions.

9. Prepare written scientific reports on toxic principles of substances/contaminants present in animal food.

10. Conduct scientific reviews of animal nutritional, biochemical, and physiological data for use of new and novel animal food ingredients.

11. Participate in meetings with industry scientists and other officials.

12. Present recommendations to supervisor or higher level officials based on scientific data.

13. Provide advice to stakeholders on appropriate labeling regulations and the use of ingredients in animal food.