Videos Duties HelpDuties Summary If selected for this position, you will be responsible for coordinating and conducting complex and sensitive investigations concerning violations of federal statutes and regulations falling within APHIS' jurisdiction. This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without re-announcing.) For more details click: Term Appointments Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to: Plans and conducts investigations involving federal statues governing the international/interstate movement and handling of plant/animal products and regulation of genetically-engineered products. Plans and conducts investigations involving federal statues governing the humane treatment of animals. Plans and executes strategies for conducting witness interviews. Identifies instances when an investigative subpoena is necessary and appropriate, develops a request to justify the issuance of the subpoena, and develops a draft subpoena. Conducts through and comprehensive investigations while managing a large case load, prepares narrative-based, written reports of investigation with supporting evidentiary exhibit. Travel Required 75% or less - Travel for training and work assignments may be required. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 12 Who May ApplyThis job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. Job family (Series) 1810 General Investigation Requirements HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment US Citizenship is required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 Subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period. Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application. Special Conditions: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service). Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor. In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter. Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level. FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Experience finding facts, follow leads, research records, gather evidence, analyze, organize and interpret evidence that involves large data sets, conduct link analyses to determine if adequate evidence exists to establish a relationship among alleged violators, testify in court and build strong cases through the application of sound investigative processes. Experience researching and acting on international and federal law. Experience establishing effective communications with all types of people and organizations; e.g., members of regulated industries, program customers, and other federal, state and local law enforcement entities. OR Completion of 1 year of graduate-level education (18 semester hours) leading toward a degree in Biology, Criminal Justice, or Political Science. OR Superior Academic Achievement: To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Experience planning and conducting investigations and is regularly assigned other projects concerning violations of federal laws and regulations governing the international and interstate movement of cargo. Formulates daily plans, manages available resources through supervisor's involvement. Experience Interviewing persons having knowledge of alleged violations; communicates findings through the preparation of reports of investigation. Work is reviewed for consistent legal interpretation/adherence to policy and effectiveness in achieving overall program objectives. Experience testifying in legal proceedings. OR Completion of a Master's degree or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a degree in Biology, Criminal Justice, or Political Science. FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Experience planning and conducting complex investigations and is occasionally assigned other projects of increased complexity and/or sensitivity concerning violations of federal laws and regulations governing the international and interstate movement of livestock, poultry, and agricultural products; the manufacture and distribution of veterinary biologics; the regulation of genetically-engineered products; and the humane treatment of animals. As cases progress, investigations may grow dramatically in scope and complexity, may cross jurisdictional lines, and may take on other complicating factors. Experience providing technical advice and guidance to lower-grade investigators regarding investigatory techniques and the resolution of jurisdictional conflicts with other enforcement entities. Incumbent is expected to possess experience in the technical aspects of investigations. In this context, the incumbent applies his/her own initiative in devising methodologies and plans for completion of the investigations or other assignments, within prescribed time frames. Interviews persons having knowledge of alleged violations; communicates findings through the preparation of reports of investigation. Work is reviewed for consistent legal interpretation/adherence to policy and effectiveness in achieving overall program objectives. Experience coordinating with all interested parties especially during complex or multi-region or international investigations. Testifies in legal proceedings. OR Completion of a Ph.D., equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a degree in Biology, Criminal Justice or Political Science. TRANSCRIPTS are required if: You are qualifying for the position based on education. You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education. You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-07/09/11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions 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; religious; 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. Education Please see above for education qualification requirement information. SDL2017
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