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Plant Pathologist (Identifier)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Atlanta, GA
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Plant Pathologist (Identifier)

##### Department of Agriculture

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


- ##### Open & closing dates

07/09/2019 to 07/15/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 9

- ##### Salary

$54,095 to $70,319 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Atlanta, GA

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in
accordance with agency policy.

##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

Identifiers provide expertise in pest biology, taxonomy and risk
analysis as a recognized specialist and consultant. They also
reviews, evaluate and suggest modifications of inspection or
trapping methodologies and approaches as an enhancement to plant
pest and plant disease surveillance systems.

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:
- Identifies or verifies identification of plant pests, such as
plant pathogens (i.e., bacteria, fungus) and identifies and
isolates nematodes.
- Develops and maintains specimen collections of plant pests
pertinent to programs in the incumbent?s area of coverage.
- Monitors samples submitted for identification, pest
interception, survey data, and pest detection techniques.
- Maintains, develops, and supplements information on taxonomy,
hosts, distribution and other related information pertaining to
intercepted and/or survey plant pests.
- Determines options for quarantine actions to be enforced by DHS
and PPQ.
- Consults with and advises Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
State departments of agriculture and other cooperators on the
identity and biology of and procedures for detecting plant
- Develops training modules and appropriately illustrated
identification aids and works with national program staff to
deliver training to PPQ, DHS and State employees.
- Works with local and regional regulatory personnel to analyze
and characterize pest risk of pathways, contributing critical
expertise on pest biology, taxonomy and detection methods.
- Assists in providing oversight of laboratory support staff.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0434 Plant Pathology

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- You must be a US Citizen or US National
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered
or exempt
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation
and/or fingerprint check
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless
previously served.
- Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are
required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to
their financial institution
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To
learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
- Valid state driver's license is required at the time of
- Must be able to perform work while wearing a respirator while
overseeing fumigations.
- There are regular and recurring risks associated with working
around and with chemicals.

### Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements
by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized
experience and/or education, as defined below.

**A. Degree:** plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline
that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant
science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.

**B. Combination of education and experience:** Courses equivalent
to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or
additional education.

**FOR THE GS-9 LEVEL:** Applicants must have one year of specialized
experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level) that may have been
obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal)
sectors which demonstrates:
- Practiced principles and methodology used in plant pathology,
with an emphasis on classification/taxonomy.
- Ability to communicate with groups from diverse backgrounds.
- Use of diagnostic protocols for regulated and other important
plant diseases.
- Knowledge of specific exotic plant pathogens as a part of pest
detection program
- Ability to detect, identify and characterize microscopic plant
pathogens of a wide variety plant genera.
- Knowledge of advanced equipment and techniques to conduct a
broad range of testing for plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria, and
- Familiarity with Plant Protection and Quarantine activities.

2 years of graduate-level education leading to a master's degree in
Plant Pathology or a related discipline.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying
for this grade level.

**TRANSCRIPTS** are required:
- This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a
specific field to be basically qualified.
- You are qualifying for the position based on education.
- You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of
experience and education.
- This education must have been successfully completed and
obtained from an accredited school, college, or university

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 Professional and Scientific 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 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

### Additional information

- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority
List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
(ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply
as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection
priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet
the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well
qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies
listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed
through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP
applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a
possible 100.
- First time hires to the federal government normally start at the
lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
- This position is eligible for telework within the local
commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee
participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of
Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA
policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum
qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best
Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories,
applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection
priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined
based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they
possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or

- Compliance Inspection
- Pathology
- Research

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire,
will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification
requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the
job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your
responses to all the questions addressing experience and education
relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best
qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting
documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your
qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more
accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may
affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal
documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action
up to including removal from the Federal service.

To preview the application questionnaire, please visit:

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Not Required

##### Drug test required


##### Position sensitivity and risk

Moderate Risk (MR)

##### Trust determination process

Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

- Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to
be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible
software, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted documents
will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents
may result in loss of consideration.

- Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name,
address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work
experience related to this position as described in the major
duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of
employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other
qualifications; and 5) supervisors name and phone number for
each work period listed and whether or not they may be contacted
for reference checks.
- If education is required or you are using education to qualify,
you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An
unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it
includes your name and the necessary course information;
however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit
official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must
have been successfully obtained from an accredited school,
college or university. If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have
been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education
has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program. For further information, visit the following:
Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English
or include an English translation.
- If claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a DD214,
Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of
service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently
on active duty you must submit a certification of expected
discharge or release from active duty service under honorable
conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is
submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the
appropriate military branch and include the dates of military
service. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to
appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive
veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated
based on the material(s) submitted.
- If claiming 10-point veterans' preference you must provide the
DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the
proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15
Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should
be included but is not required. Failure to submit these
documents could result in the determination that there is
insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point
preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit
- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP
priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation
notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of
function or directed reassignment to another commuting area,
notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting
separation (as applicable), last performance appraisal that is
at least fully successful or its equivalent, and your most
recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location
with your application per 5 CFR 330.
- Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of
inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR
Separation SF-50.
- Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of
disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the
last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard
Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5
U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability
retirement annuity from a military department or National
Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you
begin. You must complete this application process and submit all
required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on
the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you
during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday -
Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency
Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate
method. All hardship application packages must be complete and
submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the
announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to
request this.

**Step 1:** Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have
one) at It is recommended that as part of your
profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when
the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up
this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your
USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

**Step 2:** Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into
your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to
ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that
are directly related to this position in order to verify that
qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your
responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online
questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will
Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

****Step 3:**** Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to
complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional
documents that may be required. You can update your application or
documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into
your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the
position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.

**NOTE**: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous
submission, which means the previous document is no longer available
to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than
replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old
document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded
documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system as
there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be
transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will
have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may
combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs)
into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application.
Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files
will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of
the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC
or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital
signature, or other encryption to open.

### Agency contact information

### APHIS Human Resources

##### Phone


##### Email

##### Address

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 410
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

If you set up your USAJobs account to send automatic email
notifications, your will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the
submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was
successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for
consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. Your
application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility
and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing
referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or
interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your
USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make
a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Atlanta, GA