Animal Caretaker Supervisor

Beltsville, Maryland
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Research Animal Services with one vacancy in Beltsville, MD.

The position is located in the Multi-Species unit and serves as the manager and supervisor over a staff responsible for the research swine and poultry program used by Agricultural Research Service research scientists, the University of Maryland and other Federal agencies to perform research work.
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  • As a working supervisor, performs the duties of animal care staff in their absence or as otherwise required.
  • The work involves feeding, housing, cleaning, monitoring for disease or illness, sample collection, working with researchers, and keeping detailed records
  • Responsible for supervising a staff involved in the care, feeding, breeding, and management of mainly swine and secondarily poultry and laboratory animals used in research studies.
  • Oversees the maintenance of facilities and equipment in proper operating conditions.
  • Organizes staff into the most effective units to accomplish designated objectives such as the breeding, feeding, housing, care, treatment of swine and poultry.
  • Maintains accurate records on feed intake, body weight, breeding, health, animal supply and inventory, etc. necessary to effectively manage the unit.
  • Determines resources such as manpower and materials, and recommends to supervisor ways to accomplish work operations, changes in equipment, facilities, etc.
  • Observes all safety and security regulations, requirements, and protocols.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
  • Commercial Driver's License Required.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds with the aid of applicable equipment.
  • Pre-employment physical is required.
  • Must be able to obtain certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) or a related specialty certification.


In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:
10/22/2019Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a, Animal Caretaker Supervisor with the ability to lead or supervise (Screen Out). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in animal holding facilities where natural and man made environment extremes (i.e., rain, snow, ice, sunlight, heat, cold, and high humidity) are present.Because this is an exigency position, the incumbent is expected to report for duty when the facility is closed due to hazardous weather, heightened threat levels, natural disasters or budget shutdown. Work may involve discomforts such as having to spend long periods of time on concrete or slippery floors, exposure to bites, scratches, kicks,disagreeable odors, allergens, and animal wastes from diseased or distressed animals.

Physical effort:
May work with animals infected with zoonotic diseases and therefore required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks or respirators, eye and ear protection,boots, gloves, and coveralls. Various forms of respiratory equipment must be worn when working with certain infectious agents, chemicals, and animal allergens. PPE provides necessary protection against biological and chemical hazards, but may increase the risk of accidents due to decreased vision, hampered communication, limited mobility and dexterity. Physical well-being may be compromised by the prolonged usage of the PPE and may lead to labored respiration, heat stress and dehydration.Work may be performed daily in the presence of hazardous chemicals such asformaldehyde, virucidal and bacterial disinfectants and detergents.Pre-employment physical is required. Participation in the BARC Occupational Medical Surveillance Program (OMSP) is required.


Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.

This is a bargaining unit position

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, specifications; other than blueprints
  • Ability to Lead or Supervise
  • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Dexterity And Safety
  • Knowledge of Materials
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Use of Measuring Instruments

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
  • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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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