Pest Controller

Hampton, Virginia
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time

Collects and identifies disease carriers such as but not limited to, different types of mosquitoes, lice, fleas, scorpions, wasps, fire ants, poisonous snakes, raccoons, and bats.

Interprets building plans and blueprints to locate and avoid building structural supports, electrical wiring, ventilation ducts, etc., when planning applications within the walls, ceilings, or floors of buildings.

Plans work sequences and conducts trouble-shooting inspections of buildings and grounds for evidence of conditions conducive to damage and infestation by insects, rodents, predatory animals, and other pests.

Uses wrenches, pliers, screw drivers and similar hand tools to perform operator maintenance on application equipment. Changes nozzles, valves, and hoses; adjusts .and calibrates nozzle settings; and lubricates motors, pumps, and agitators.

Utilizes suitable Integrated Pest Management (1PM) control methods to reduce and control hazards to public health, stored products, structures, and vegetation. Selects, mixes, and applies restricted and general use pesticides to control a wide variety of insect, vertebrate, and plant pests including those not commonly recognized and often hard to find.

Locates and identifies pests in stored products; determines the appropriate pesticide toxicity, chemical solutions, baits, physical characteristics, lifecycles, and feeding habits associated with a wide variety of pests; and plans and carries out appropriate pest control measures.

Ability to operate spraying and dusting equipment which requires the use formulas and guidelines to insure proper balance of pesticides; and the selection of equipment and setting of controls to allow for wind, terrain, and population conditions.

Knowledge of Federal and State laws and requirements which deal with the mixing, application, and disposal of restricted use pesticides.

Possess and must maintain an active certification in 7A General; 7B Wood Destroying; 3A Ornamental; 3B Turf; 8 Public Health.

Other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Saturday through Wednesday 11:00am-7:30pm. May be required to work Federal Holidays, other shifts, and overtime depending on mission requirements and staffing.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not applicable
Position Description Title/PD#: Pest Controller/PD024990
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/29/2021.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards .

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
  • Chemistry
  • Compliance
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Database Administration
  • Inspect
  • Materials
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Technical Competence

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Work assignments require moderate to strenuous effort. The incumbent must climb, bend, stoop, crawl, and stand on concrete or metal surfaces; and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods: and frequently lift parts and equipment weighing up to 20 pounds, and occasionally may lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds with the aid of mechanical lifting devices or assistance from other workers.

Working Conditions: The work is accomplished both inside and outside in all areas of a structure to include but not limited to under a building, attics space, mechanical and electrical rooms. When working outside, the incumbent is exposed to hot sun for extended periods of time and occasionally to bad weather. Inside work is often accomplished in structural areas with minimum ventilation and/or limited access. Some work is accomplished under buildings and within crawlspaces which have wet or dusty conditions with minimum ventilation and/or limited access. The incumbent mixes substances and applies pesticides while wearing respirators, gloves, and other personal protective equipment designed to nullify the risk of exposure to toxic dust and sprays which might damage his/her health. Damage to health may occur if appropriate safety procedures are not followed. Discomfort may be experienced while wearing protective clothing, respirators, goggles, or face masks for extended periods of time. The incumbent may be ·exposed to poisonous insects, reptiles, and plants and to wild and rabid animals.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Financial disclosure not required.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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