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Agricultural Research Service Incinerator Operator in Ames, Iowa

Summary This position is located within United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Centers for Animal Health (NADC) in Ames, Iowa. The incumbent serves as Operator-in-Charge to operate and maintain center natural-gas and propane/fuel-oil fired pathological incinerators for disposal of wastes that may contain infectious materials. . Responsibilities Modify or construct auxiliary equipment as necessary. Basic knowledge of pumps, blowers, air filters, steam sterilizers, electronic scales, and programmable controls. Coordinate incineration operation with research and caretaker staff to pickup solid wastes from airlocks. Operate the incinerator, monitor incinerator controls, determine when next load can be added to the incinerator, determine if incinerator is operating properly or needs to be shut down, clean and disinfect the incinerator areas. Decontaminate materials such as dirty clothing and other materials that will not be incinerated through a steam sterilizer (autoclave) before removal from the incinerator areas. Clean, disinfect, and maintain the incinerator equipment and related areas. Maintain written records and report on the incinerator, sterilizer, air filters, fuel usage, and other items as needed. Record the weight and estimated heat content of materials loaded in to the incinerator. May assist higher graded employees, receive specific instruction and supervision as necessary for the task. Skill in using maintenance and repair manuals and blueprints that are pertinent to the incinerator operation. Knowledge and experience in the use of various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and knows how to use PPE for self-protection from zoonotic diseases under research at the center. Knowledge of written biosafety protocols for personal protection and protection of the environment. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Time in grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-7 grade level for consideration for the GS-8 grade level.). In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: 05/17/2021Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a Incinerator Operator, without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration. Physical Effort:Work requires active walking, prolonged periods of standing, climbing, stooping, bending, crawling, and working in cramped positions or crowded areas. May be required to lift equipment weighing up to 100 lb. Working Conditions: Incumbent is exposed to varying abnormal and high temperatures (up to 200 degrees F while charging) and conditions both indoor and outside of buildings. Required to wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, respirators, and ear protection during normal operations. Must wear a full face respirator when working in biological control settings; facial hair restrictions may be required to comply with proper operation of personal protective equipment Works in areas where equipment is in continual operation, noise levels are abnormal and odors prevail. Subject to exposure to infectious agents, mechanical injury, gas, cuts, bruises, fumes, dirt, and grease. 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 This position does not have an 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. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information. This position is being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining Announcement Number ARS-S21Y-11092672-JL. This announcement is open to all qualified candidates. Applying to both announcements may expand the possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit Agreement

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