Animal Caretaker

National Park Service
Yosemite National Park, CA
United States
Job Description
Summary The Pacific West Region is recruiting for summer seasonal Animal Caretaker, WG-5048-5 positions intended to assist permanent staff with Animal Caretaker field work. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is April/May but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April - May 2024. Responsibilities Feeding, watering, cleaning facilities (barn, corrals, stalls,etc.). Ensure stock receive proper feed ratio and nutrition during times of heavy work and low staff. Provide visual inspection of livestock to determine general physical condition and shoes are properly in place. Provide minor first aid to stock, applying salves to sore spots, cuts, bruises; care for injuries, swelling, under guidance of supervisor or packer; recognize more serious injuries, illness and the coordination of medical care (notifying supervisor or veterinarian). Ability to drive a truck towing a three-horse trailer on winding, mountain roads in all weather conditions. Physical Demands: The incumbent must possess good coordination and endurance for hiking, leading pack string and operation of vehicles, equipment and power/hand tools. The incumbent will be subjected to some degree of strain when operation vehicles and equipment for extended periods of time over rough surfaces and uneven grades. The incumbent frequently lifts, pushes, pulls, and carries items weighing 50 pounds. On occasion, the incumbent may lift and carry tools and materials weighing up to 100 pounds. The incumbent may be required to walk up to 20 miles per day, over steep and/or rough trails. Working Conditions: Work is performed in elevation ranges from sea level to 8000 feet. Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind and extreme temperatures (hot/cold). Terrain is often rugged and steep with unsure footing. Hazards include falling limbs/trees/rocks, rough terrain, snow slides and unpredictable interaction with stock animal. Work requires strenuous hiking and physical effort in the management of stock animals. Incumbent will be required to spend up to eight consecutive nights camping in a backcountry setting. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. If selected, you must also submit, and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Must possess and wear appropriate attire for working around livestock. You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work. Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program. Qualifications Ability to do the work of a Animal Caretaker (Packer) without more than normal supervision (Screen out). Work history demonstrates work experience as an Animal Caretaker, performing the following duties: providing for daily care of horses and mules by feeding and watering; grooming and saddle horses and mules; cleaning barns, stalls and corrals; administering minor first aid to horses and mules; performing visual checks on horses and mules to determine general condition of health; loading and unloading horses and mules from trailers; driving trucks with horse trailers on public roads. Additional information on the specific qualification requirements for this position are found in the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations. It is available for review on OPM's web site at: If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors. Volunteer Experience: 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. ICTAP/CTAP Statement: Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special prior­ity selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all competencies. Education There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions. Additional Information For questions about this position please contact: Jessica Crow Email: phone: 209-347-7323 For questions about applying or the application process, use the contact at the end of the page. Government housing may be available for this position. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. A Recruitment Incentive May Be Authorized for a newly selected employee when appointed to a permanent, temporary, or term position. A Federal employee who is transferring to the National Park Service from another component, bureau or Federal agency and who does not meet the conditions under 5 CFR 575.102 is not eligible for a recruitment incentive. Non-Competitive Rehire Eligibility: Temporary seasonal employees can only maintain their non-competitive rehire eligibility if they work no more than a combined total of Temporary NTE less than 1040 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their established service year. Accordingly, non-competitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b][7]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision (NPS). If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months and have already worked the maximum temporary appointment less than 1040 hours during that period, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1040 hours in your established service year will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility. The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1040 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1040 hours, unless granted an exception by OPM. Employment may be terminated at any time due to fluctuations in funding levels, project needs, employee performance, or other considerations. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.