Status: Full-time position
Location: Ames, IA
Salary: $18.59 to $24.16 / Per Hour
Deadline Date: 3/21/13
Job Summary: Relocation expenses will not be paid. This is a temporary Pathways Internship Program appointment not-to-exceed September 30, 2013. This position is located in Veterinary Services.
The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.
Qualifications: Experience preparing, scheduling, organizing, and executing the details of a wide variety of types of limited operational projects incorporating diverse technical knowledge, e.g., limited projects requiring the application of appreciably dissimilar specialized methods, procedures, and/or techniques).
Experience coordinating with others to resolve, e.g. technical problems requiring the use of specialized, complicated techniques.
Experience applying a practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of the scientific discipline(s) supported (anatomy, microbiology, wildlife biology, animal science, and laboratory techniques) and must be adept at combining this knowledge with resourcefulness, initiative, and independent judgment in locating precedents and resolving the details inherent to application.
Experience in a laboratory setting, performing delicate manipulative work; producing exact quantitative things affected by very small errors in techniques; performing postmortem excisions of a variety of organs and glands; performing animal surgery for the excision of organs; and executing the transfer of cell cultures where speed, avoidance of contamination, and highly exacting sterile techniques were necessary.
Experience performing animal care and veterinary technician duties. Collecting biological specimens such as blood, feces, urine, tissues, and culture samples from animals and animal facilities for routine diagnostic testing in support of animal health monitoring and quality control programs. Processing carcasses and samples, assisting in minor veterinary procedures and necropsies, and overseeing the transport and disposal of biologically hazardous carcasses, bedding, and other wastes. Maintaining veterinary equipment and supplies. Assisted with field and laboratory activities associated with an outreach program similar to or in the program entitled AgDiscovery.
Duties: Duties may include but are not limited to:
Receives varied assignments designed to provide on-the-job training and experience in activities conducted by Veterinary Services.
Performs general support work related to the regulatory process of program management and/or animal health information systems.
Gathers information and collects data; data verification, tracking, coding, and entry; documents review and literature searches; coordinates projects of a limited nature; elementary statistical, quantitative or qualitative analyses; produces preliminary analytical reports.
Performs veterinary technician assistance work and observes and/or performs testing and identification activities for such programs as Animal Welfare, brucellosis, tuberculosis, and hog cholera.
Performs tasks such as contacting owners to schedule testing, identifying animals to be tested by attaching serially numbered tag to right ear and recording tag numbers and animal descriptions on blood test record forms and more.
Observes various levels of the organization so that a general understanding is gained of different organizational levels.
Works in a laboratory environment as part of a team of veterinarians and laboratory support personnel assisting in a variety of duties relative to animal disease control and eradication.
Other related duties, as assigned.
For more information on this position and how to apply please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/339192100