European Cherry Fruit Fly-Plant Protection Aide (GS-3)
Limited Appointment (temporary position)- Full Time
Positions are available in the following New York localities:
Determined based on education, locality, and experience
WHO MAY APPLY: This announcement is open to all United States citizens.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: This is a Limited Appointment lasting up to 180 days per year. These positions can also be extended for additional years, but no more than 180 days may beworked per year.
OVERVIEW:APHIS is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues. Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is a program within APHIS which safeguards U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural products. Join our team and gain valuable experience working in the field to stop this invasive species from harming our nation’s agriculture. Find a link to the PPQ websites to learn more about our programs at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/ecff/cherry-fruit-fly and https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/plant-pest-and-disease-programs/pests-and-diseases/box-tree-moth.
Duties may include: contacting landowners, tenants, farmers, nurserymen, orchardists, commercial facilities, municipal authorities and others to secure permission to conduct survey and inspection responsibilities; inspecting trees for exotic plant pests; trapping insects on private properties, nurseries and other situations; identifying and marking trees for treatment or removal; assisting with/conducting treatments and conducting follow-up inspections; collecting survey and inspection data using a provided government-owned electronic device; and maintaining daily records of work completed. The incumbent must be willing to commute to and from the vehicle parking station, operate a government owned vehicle while conducting duties, and use GPS or other approved tools to navigate. Must be willing to work independently or as part of a team in a field environment and in collaboration with cooperating agencies. The incumbent will be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions typical of Northwestern New York, with expectations to work outdoors throughout the May- October survey season. Typical environmental conditions may include: cold, heat, sun, rain, snow, wind, biting/stinging insects, dogs, domestic/wild animals, poison ivy, etc.
GS-3: Six months general experience OR Successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 4 semester hours in courses listed below.
GS-4: Six months general experience & six months specialized experience OR successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 8 semester hours in courses listed below OR a combination of experience and education.
GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 (see examples below) OR 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with 16 courses related to the occupation OR a combination of experience and education.
Courses: Biology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Zoology, Botany, Forestry, Chemistry, Agriculture, or Physics.
General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.
Specialized Experience: GS-4: Inspecting nursery plants for the presence of a specific plant pest. Surveying areas for specific plant pests or for the presence of alternate plant hosts. Developing rough maps showing control or eradication treatment completed, areas surveyed, or pest finds located. Performing survey control or eradication procedures in a local pest control program. Answering questions regarding plant pest control procedures, harmful side-effects of pesticides to other living organisms, etc. Inspecting vehicles in the enforcement of plant quarantine regulations. Performing laboratory work involved with raising and/or sterilizing various insects.
GS-5: Working knowledge of plant pests including signs and symptoms of infestation. Contacting stakeholders, (i.e., landowners, tenants, managers, etc.) to obtain permission to conduct surveys on private property. Using maps to locate commercial and residential properties for survey. Collecting data from daily survey and treatment records. Experience involving tree identification.
Mail to: USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Attn. Meaghan Gallagher
801 Richfield Street Building A Lockport, NY 14094
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