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United States Department of Agriculture (Penfield) Plant Protection Aide in Penfield, New York

WHO MAY APPLY: This announcement is open to all United States citizens. TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: This is a Limited Appointment lasting up to 180 days per year. These positions can also be extended for additional years, but no more than 180 days may be worked per year. OVERVIEW: APHIS is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues. Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is a program within APHIS which safeguards U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural products. Join our team and gain valuable experience working in the field to stop this invasive species from harming our nation's agriculture. Find a link to the PPQ website here and learn more about our program: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/the-threat/europeancherry-fruit-fly/cherry-fruit-fly DUTIES: Duties may include: contacting landowners, tenants, farmers, nurserymen, orchardists, commercial facilities, municipal authorities and others to secure permission to conduct survey and inspection responsibilities; inspecting trees for exotic plant pests; trapping insects on private properties, nurseries and other situations; identifying and marking trees for treatment or removal; assisting with treatment procedures and conducting follow-up inspections; collecting survey and inspection data using a provided government-owned electronic device; and maintaining daily records of work completed. The incumbent must be willing to commute to and from the vehicle parking station, operate a government owned vehicle while conducting duties, and use GPS or other approved tools to navigate. Must be willing to work independently or as part of a team in a field environment and in collaboration with cooperating agencies. The incumbent will be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions typical of Northwestern New York, with expectations to work outdoors throughout the May-October survey season. Typical environmental conditions may include: cold, heat, sun, rain, snow, wind, biting/stinging insects, dogs, domestic/wild animals, poison ivy, etc. SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the selective service Must have a valid driver's license Must be able to work alone and/or in teams in remote locations. Must possess or be able to learn basic insect pest and tree identification skills. Must be able to travel overnight occasionally.

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