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Another Job Opening APHIS (good place to live)


Northern Minnesota
This one closer to home folks! Bismark ND not a bad place to live, lots outdoor opportunities within a days drive. If you get the job I'll be out to pheasant hunt.

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]ANNOUNCEMENT #USDA-WS-ND-16-02[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]POSITION TITLE: Airplane Pilot[/FONT]
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[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]SERIES/GRADE: GS-2181-12[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Excepted Appointment [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]LOCATION: Wildlife Services, Western Region[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Huron, South Dakota[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]SALARY: Range for GS-12: $70,192 to $91,255 [/FONT]
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[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]WHEN TO APPLY: Application will be accepted until November 10, 2015[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Mail/Fax Applications to: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Wildlife Services[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] 2110 Miriam Circle, Suite A[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Bismarck, ND 58501[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Fax: 701-250-4408[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]WHO MAY APPLY?[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]This announcement is open to all United States Citizens.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]This is an excepted service 13-month term equivalent appointment and may be extended for up to 4 years. This position is eligible for benefits. [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]This position is that of a Wildlife Service Pilot (fixed-wing), Wildlife Services (WS) Program, US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The primary purpose of this position is concerned with the pilot duties and responsibilities in support of WS and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (SDGFP) operations to protect resources and human interests from wildlife damage. [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Times New Roman Bold, serif]Summary - [/FONT]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. Join our team![/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their career with APHIS. It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur – and could range from several emergencies in a year to none over the course of many years. In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, including overtime, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description. While some emergency program support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee’s current duty station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty station location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment. Attempts to keep disruption to the employees to a minimum will be made.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Major Duties:[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]The duties may include, but are not limited to:[/FONT]

  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Pilots a fixed-wing airplane with gunner or observer on board for the purpose of locating and/or shooting predatory animals or aiding SDGFP ground crews in providing such assistance in other situations requiring aerial surveys, census, etc.[/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Ensures scheduling and completion of routine and non-routine maintenance and airworthiness of aircraft placed under their responsibility in accordance with APHIS Aviation Operations Manual.[/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Receives recurrent flight training and provides training and instruction to other WS and SDGFP personnel in the proper procedures and techniques of hunting from aircraft, safety aspects, and program policies regarding aircraft operations.[/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Performs other duties as assigned by the State Director.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Degree of Hazard:[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Assignments involve flying aircraft over unfavorable terrain. A very high degree of skill is required because of flight procedures, maneuvering and environmental factors. The incumbent must be able to navigate visually to mission area in remote areas by use of terrain features rather than standard or typical navigations equipment. The incumbent must have the ability to maintain visual contact with target animals while avoiding ground structures or terrain features. The incumbent is required to fly very precise patterns, close to the surface and at slow air speeds. Assignments or mission requirements may be further complicated by performance of a number of tasks requiring precise timing and execution. Other situations typical of this position, such as firearm usage, may result from constant diversions or division of attention from flying the aircraft and require immediate response on the part of the pilot to take immediate corrective action to avert an incident. Typical missions are flown during daylight hours under visual conditions with extreme variances of temperature, wind conditions, high density altitudes, and over unfavorable terrain, e.g., mountains, forest, or deserts with responsibility for operating from confined or isolated areas.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Qualifications:[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]To qualify, you MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the position.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Certificates and Ratings: Candidates must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating. For flight instructor positions, the FAA Flight Instructor Certificate and Instrument Rating or the military equivalent rating is also required. The pilot certificate must include the rating(s) appropriate to the work of the position to be filled.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Note: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable, e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Flight Experience: Candidates must demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements, including recent of flight experience. The categories in which candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency relate to (1) the general knowledge and skills to pilot the aircraft, and (2) the specific knowledge and skills related to the particular position being filled. Only that flight experience that is directly related to the work of the position is required for purposes of establishing minimum eligibility.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]MINIMUM FLIGHT HOUR REQUIREMENTS (applies to all applicants)[/FONT]

  1. [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Total Flight Time – 1500 hours. Flight time as pilot-in-command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement. [/FONT]

  1. [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Pilot-In Command – 250 hours. Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.[/FONT]

  1. [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Night Flying – 75 hours. [/FONT]

  1. [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Flying Time Last 12 months – 100 hours. [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]At the time of initial appointment, candidates for all pilot positions must possess a current first or second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Supervisory Controls:[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]General supervision of the WS aerial program is provided by the State Director. Major decisions concerning aircraft management will be made by the State Director in consultation with the SDGFP. Actual aerial operations are coordinated by SDGFP and/or designated ground crew member. The incumbent has considerable latitude in exercising independent judgment in terms of airplane operations and procedures. The State Director, in consultation with the SDGFP, will provide direct supervision of the incumbent and will establish overall state program objectives and policies for the incumbent. The incumbent will receive technical guidance from the Aviation Training Operations Center Manager and the Aviation Safety Officer for the WS Flight Training Program and will be in compliance with Aviation Operations and Safety requirements.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* U.S. Citizenship.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans’ documents required to receive veterans’ preference.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* After successfully passing the initial screening, the New Hire pilot may be required to enter entersthe WS New Hire/Contractor Pilot training program. The New Hire/Contractor Fixed Wing Pilot Training Program consists of a minimum 40 hours flight time, and 80 hours ground instruction specific to WS fixed wing aerial operations. Fixed-wing training shall be conducted at the WS Aviation Training and Operations Center.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Must qualify in the use of firearms after appointment and will be required to carry and use firearms in the performance of the duties of this position.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Required to fly very precise patterns close to the surface (ground level to 200 feet) at slow speeds (60 knots or less).[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Typical missions are flown during daylight hours under visual conditions with extreme variances of temperature, wind conditions, high density altitudes, and over unfavorable terrain (e.g. mountains, forest or desserts).[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Must be able to become certified by Wildlife Services for Predator Damage Management flights.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* You must have a valid SD State Motor vehicle license within 30 Days of hire.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]* Relocation costs will not be paid for this position.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]SPECIAL NOTICE: Applicants filing under this announcement will be considered for the above duty location only.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]DO I QUALIFY? [/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]To qualify, all applicants MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Special Conditions: [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]The incumbent will be required to complete a moderate risk level, minimum background investigation as a condition of employment.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif](1). Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position. (2). Experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants are required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]For the ad-12 grade level[/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif] - [/FONT][/FONT]Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal service. [/FONT]


  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Resume -[FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Your application (Optional Form (OF-612) Standard Form (SF-171), resume, or any other written format you choose to describe[/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]your job-related qualifications.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Announcement Number, Title, Series, and Grade(s) for which you are applying.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Your Full Name, Mailing Address (including zip code) and Phone Number(s) (including area codes)[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]

  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Social Security Number[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Country of Citizenship[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Documentation of Education: High School – Give name, city, state, and date of diploma or GED. College – List the names of all colleges and universities attended including city, state, major(s), and type and year of any degree received. College transcripts – A copy of your college diploma or a list of college courses with grades and credits, (indicate quarter/semester hours and GPA) MUST be submitted. [/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Work History - Describe in your own words previous work applicable to this position. (Do not submit a position description.) [/FONT][/FONT]INCLUDE DATES (M/D/Y), HOURS PER WEEK; AND, IF FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT, INCLUDE THE SERIES AND GRADE LEVEL. IF THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INCLUDED, THE EXPERIENCE CANNOT BE CREDITED.[/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Description of other experience related to this job (e.g., volunteer work).[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions (proof of registration and/or exemption required) Website: http://www.sss.gov [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  • [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Courier New, serif][FONT=Times New Roman, serif]As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]



[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]FACTOR 1: Describe any experience you have flying a single engine aircraft at minimum speed and at low altitude.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]FACTOR 2: Describe any experience you have landing aircraft on improved or unimproved landing areas such as dirt roads or fields. [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]FACTOR 3: Describe any experience you have ensuring routine or non-routine maintenance and airworthiness for aircraft under your responsibility. [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]FACTOR 4: Describe any experience that would demonstrate your ability to plan and organize work. Also describe specific experience related to data collection using various computer software programs and writing technical reports. [/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Note: The questions in Factor 1-4 of the Supplemental Experience Statement, must be answered, signed, and dated. Exaggeration or misstatements may be cause for your disqualification or later removal from the program. Aftercompleting the Supplemental Experience Statement, look it over carefully to make sure that you have answered every question. Be sure that you have given complete information about your experience. You cannot be given credit for work you do not tell us about.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]HOW TO APPLY: [/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Submit:[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]a. Complete up-to-date Application for Federal Employment (SF-171 or OF-612).[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]b. Your answers to the four Factors in the Supplemental Experience Statement and (if applicable)[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]c. A copy of college transcripts, to:[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] U.S. Department of Agriculture[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Wildlife Services[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] 2110 Miriam Circle, Suite A[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman, serif] Bismarck, ND 58501[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Failure to follow application instructions regarding filing appropriate forms and answering questions may result in loss of employment considerations for this position. All applications must be signed, dated, and received by the closing date of this announcement.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]All candidates will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]For additional information, please contact Phil Mastrangelo at (701) 355-3300 or email at p.mastrangelo@aphis.usda.gov.[/FONT]