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Job Title: Animal Caretaker
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: New Orleans, LA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Human Resources, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Research & Development, Medical, Environmental, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Animal Caretaker

These duties include such daily routines as cleaning animal cages, feeding and watering animals, as well as observing environmental conditions such as cage conditions; handling and maintaining control of animals; catching and handling agile animals; cleaning to accomplish environmental sanitation by using hand or powered equipment to perform sweeping, scrubbing, or waxing of floors, washing walls, dusting, and disposing of waste materials.

The major types of research being conducted on these animals is behavioral. Rats and mice are tracked for their responses to stimuli and, once sacrificed, autopsies are performed.

Duties
Maintenance, care, and observance of special animals or groups of animals that require other than normal treatments, i.e., special diets, antibiotics,etc.
Catches and handles all animals for transfer, surgery, and occasionally prepares animal for surgery.
Handles and disposes of dead animals used in special and hazardous experiments
where past experience and skill is needed in disposition of the corpse.
Assists in the maintenance of animal records, the coordination of the purchase of animals for use by investigators, and performs any other normal and non-routine duties assigned in support of facility operations.
Discern when an animal is in distress, e.g., physical changes in the animal (e.g., thinning of fur, isolation, etc) thus prompting the facility veterinarian to intervene.
Observe signs of illness, common diseases, discontent or the general physical condition of animals such as Fatigue, thinning coat, isolation from other animals, lack of energy, weight loss, lack of appetite.
Look for signs of internal parasites in the stool of the animals.
Recognize reduced activity or uncoordinated movements in the animal's normal exercise
habits and movements

Work Schedule: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: /629-07275-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2018.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Animal Husbandry


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: Lifting and handling animal loads in excess of 50 pounds and restraining fractious animals without injury to the animal. Walking or standing on concrete floors for extended periods. Strength and agility to capture and restrain animals.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2018.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Animal Husbandry


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: Lifting and handling animal loads in excess of 50 pounds and restraining fractious animals without injury to the animal. Walking or standing on concrete floors for extended periods. Strength and agility to capture and restrain animals.
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