Animal Caretaker NA-05

Fort Detrick, Maryland
Mar 31, 2023
Apr 07, 2023
Full Time

  • Provide care of all animals, including horses and various household pets kept at the stables, kennels and/or petting Zoo.
  • Exercises animals by turning out or walking on a leash as required or following a specific schedule.
  • Observes animals to be continually aware of appearance, behavioral or health changes, takes corrective action and informs management, veterinarian personnel or owner as necessary.
  • Performs various maintenance and repair tasks when necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required.
  • Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-Verify) check.
  • Satisfactorily complete all pre-employment background checks in accordance with AR 215-3.
  • Complete a Tier 1 background investigation for a Common Access Card for physical access to federally controlled facilities.
  • This position has been designated as a testing designated position (TDP). Incumbent of a TDP is subject to a random drug test that occurs without suspicion that a particular individual is using illegal drugs.
  • Ability to lift items occasionally weighing up to 70 pounds.
  • Ability to bend, climb and work in tiring and awkward positions.
  • Ability to use greater strength and agility to capture and restrain stronger or more active animals.


Knowledge of animals' characteristics needs and behavior, and skill in observing, handling and caring for animals. Able to follow complex instructions, ability to maintain records.

The experience above MUST be clearly reflected on your resume to be considered eligible for this position.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: Incumbent must be thoroughly familiar with the care, grooming, feeding, and maintenance of animals, must be able to quickly detect signs of ill health of animals by observing changes in behavior or appearance and to take emergency action until veterinary help is available. They are familiar with special feed requirements, different types of deed and feed supplements, and apply this knowledge to increase and decrease the amounts of feed for over or underweight animals or to change diets for young, pregnant, or nursing animals. Must be able to perform routine maintenance required on the stalls, kennels or premises.

Additional information

Initial Cut-Off Date:
  • Thursday, February 9th, 2023 (Applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST). Applications received by the initial cut-off date will be reviewed and possibly referred to the Selecting Official. Subsequent referrals to the Hiring Manager will occur as additional vacancies become available or at the request of the Hiring Manager.
Area of Consideration:
  • The Area of Consideration for this vacancy announcement is for US Citizens and Non-US Citizens who reside within the local commuting area of Fort Detrick, MD. (Military Spouse Preference (MSP) and Involuntarily Separated Military Preference (ISMP) eligible candidates are included in the area of consideration.
Manual Applications:
  • If you are unable to apply online, you may submit your application package using a manual application method. Please contact the NAF Human Resources Office or representative listed on this job announcement to request a copy of the manual application form. All completed manual application forms (along with resume and other supporting documentation) must be received no later than 12:00 noon by 12/18/2023 in order to process your application in a timely manner. Please note that neglecting to respond to the job-related questions may result in an ineligible rating.
Allowances, Incentives, and PCS Costs:
  • Allowances, differentials, or incentives will not be paid.
  • Payment Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government's interest.
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