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Job Title: Plant Protection and Quarantine Aid/Technician

Expires: 03/25/2016
Job ID: 4436925
School Job ID: IVCC

Job Title: Plant Protection and Quarantine Aid/Technician

Job Type: Full Time, Internship, Part Time
Majors Wanted: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Communications, Computer Information Systems, Horticulture/Floriculture/Landscape Management, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), NursingĀ 
Job Targets Wanted: Agriculture; Government; Horticulture
Special Skills Wanted: Send the completed application and forms to: Laura E. Khan

Location: Central Illinois, IL

Salary: $12.33-$13.84

Job Description: The USDA is seeking qualified and self-motivated individuals to work as seasonal Gypsy Moth Trappers, setting, servicing and removing traps throughout a multiple-county area within Illinois. Additional duties include: plan routes, follow trap assignment maps, assemble gypsy moth traps, contact property owners, prepare weekly reports, collect and record accurate data, use Global Position System (GPS) unit, upload trapping data to database , communicate regularly and as directed by supervisor, assist with additional survey programs as needed. The following abilities are important: work independently, prioritize work, good verbal communication skills, ability and willingness to interact with public, learn simple insect identification, practice safe driving habits, drive up to approx. 250 miles per day, work outdoors in rugged terrain and commitment to work through the season. These positions require very responsible individuals. LOCATION: Three positions in Central and Southern Illinois: Bid Unit 80- covering counties or portion of counties including McLean, Livingston, Woodford, Tazewell, Peoria, Stark, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall. Bid Unit 81- covering counties or portion of counties including Livingston, McLean, Piatt, Dewitt, Champaign, Ford, Macon Iroquois and Vermilion. Bid Unit 86- covering counties or portion of counties Macon, Piatt, Moultrie, Champaign, Douglas, Vermillion, Edgar, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Jasper, Crawford, Richland and Lawrence. Work vehicle may be provided. Average daily driving requirement is 100-250 miles. WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, 8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday DATES: Summer positions start early to middle May and end middle to late August. Dates are approximate depending upon weather and other conditions. Work will last 12 weeks over a 16 week period. A 3-4 week unpaid furlough will be required after trap set. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non merit reasons such as race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. .

Job Requirements: EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Grade GS-3: Successful completion of one year of study, above high school, that includes at lease 4 semester hours in courses such as biology, plant pathology, entomology, zoology, botany, forestry, chemistry, agriculture or physics. Grade GS-4: Successful completion of two years of study, above high school level, that includes at least 8 semester hours in the course work mentioned above. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AS FOLLOWS General Experience: 6 months - (1) Any type of work which demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience which provided a familiarity with the subject matter or process of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized Experience: 6 months - Experience which is in the occupation of the position to be filled; in a related occupation; or in one of the specialized areas within that occupation, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position upon entry. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Applicant must have a valid state driver's license and a good driving record. Applicant must be able to communicate verbally in a tactful way to a diverse public. Applicant must live in assigned trapping area.

Application Instructions: 1. Complete Resume or OF 612 (Optional Form for Federal Employment). http://www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/index.shtml#other 2. Complete Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment). visit www.opm.gov/forms 3. Complete Availability & Driving Record To obtain call or E-mail Laura Khan below at 217-398-1724 or Laura.Ettema-Khan@aphis.usda.gov 4. Submit college transcripts

Contact: Laura Ettema Khan
Address: 1817 South Neil St., Suite 105, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-398-1698
Fax: 217-298-1732
Email: Laura.Ettema-Khan@aphis.usda.gov

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