GEN ENGR Job in Manhattan, Kansas – Department of Agriculture



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GEN ENGR – Manhattan, Kansas
Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Job ID: 622624
Start Date: 09/28/2022
End Date: 10/20/2022

Qualification Summary
Work Environment: The work involves everyday risks and discomforts with risk of irritant chemicals and
biological agents when visiting research laboratories, facility operations and animal facilities. Work may require working beyond normal
work hours during an emergency and entering biocontainment areas may be required. Conditions of Employment: Motor Vehicle or Commercials Driver’s License Required. Drug Test Required. SAC and full background investigation required for positions working with BSL-3 (or higher) agents, or in BSL-3/BSL-4 facilities. Supervisory Responsibilities (EEO Statement). Financial Disclosure Required. Department of Justice (DOJ) Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval is required. Respirator fitting and certification is required. To comply with USDA personnel security requirements and requirements of the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) for access to
information and areas with Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT), including Tier One Select Agents at NBAF, the incumbent must
meet the following: Pre-employment and random testing of substances of abuse. Participation in and adherence to the facility’s Occupational Health Program. Participation in and adherence to the facility’s Personal Reliability Program. The ability to obtain/maintain favorably adjudicated Background Investigations or Security clearances (required by USDA). This position would be classified as Critical-Sensitive (Tier 5) requiring eligibility for access to classified information at the TS/SCI level. This position requires the highest level of personal accountability, to minimize the inherent ability within that position to act independently, without detection, to compromise or exploit the design, installation, operation, or maintenance of critical infrastructure systems at NBAF. This position oversees management positions in key programs within the NBAF facilities, the compromise of which could result in exceptionally grave damage to the NBAF mission and national security. The position is responsible for significant life-critical/mission-critical systems at NBAF, such that compromise, or exploitation of those systems would cause exceptionally grave damage to an essential Government operation. The incumbent also has access to spaces housing biological select agents or toxins and other hazardous materials, with the ability to independently compromise or exploit that access. The position has unlimited access to and control over unclassified information, which may include private, proprietary, or other controlled unclassified information where the unauthorized disclosure of that information could cause exceptionally grave damage to national security. The mission of NBAF includes research, diagnosis, and training for animal diseases foreign to the United States (U.S.) for the purpose of protecting American agriculture and domestic food sources from their potentially devastating effects. NBAF is vital to successfully protecting U.S. agriculture from the intentional or non-intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases such as Foot-and-Mouth disease. The position supports the biocontainment facilities and may require entry into biosafety level (BSL) 3, 3 enhanced, 3 Ag and BSL-4 labs. The incumbent must demonstrate the physical and psychological capability to conduct normal duties that are appropriate to their position. To prevent the transmission of disease out of biocontainment and retention of the position, the incumbent must meet the following medical standards in a pre-employment medical examination conducted after the receipt of a preliminary job offer and on a periodic basis: Ability to shower out of biocontainment one or more times per day. Not have any skin condition which would prevent showering one or more times per day. Body piercings must be able to be removed prior to entry. External medical assist devices must have the ability to be removed prior to entering or not impede the ability to enter biocontainment, and the individual must still be able to shower out safely without assistance. Ability to follow instructions regarding decontamination from biocontainment. Any medical condition which could create an unsafe environment for the individual or his/her co-workers, such as: insufficient control of a medical disorder which could result in sudden loss of consciousness; and inadequate vision and hearing required for safety in a laboratory environment. Medical confidentiality will be maintained by the examining physician and only fitness for duty determination will be indicated. The incumbent will be required to pass periodic fitness for duty physicals. In addition, a medical clearance will be required in the event that it becomes necessary to enter an area where an air purifying respirator or other respiratory protection is required. A baseline blood sample may be required for employees entering and working in the biocontainment facilities. For the health and safety of the incumbent and to prevent the spread of disease, immunization against diseases being studied at NBAF may be required where the vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness under the provision of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended 21 USC 321-392. Due to the contagious nature to livestock of Foot-and-Mouth disease, and other diseases under study at NBAF, biosafety protocols specify a personal quarantine for employees working on specific infectious agents in designated areas of NBAF. As a condition for employment, all personnel entering these areas at NBAF shall not be in contact with specific susceptible animals and their premises away from NBAF for a period of five (5) days after leaving the area. Currently, restricted species are cattle, sheep, goats, deer, other ruminants, and swine. Contact with horses, birds (agricultural and pet birds) and rabbits are normally permitted, but restrictions may be placed on staff working with or near infectious agents affecting these species. Restricted livestock or other restricted animals may not be housed on the premises where the employee lives and where the quarantine cannot be enforced. Employees who violate this requirement may be removed from employment or subject to other disciplinary actions. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and education, as defined below. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Basic Requirements 0801 Series at the GS-15 Applicants must meet the basic requirements listed below in the “Education” section in addition to the minimum qualifications. AND All applicants must meet the following minimum qualification requirements: Minimum Qualifications for 0801 Series at the GS-15 Specialized Experience: For the GS-15, this includes one year of experience comparable to the GS-14 which is directly related to the work of this position, and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is: Designing, developing, and implementing strategic plans for the management of facilities. Managing short-term and long-term budgets. Leading multidisciplinary teams dedicated to facilities management. Resolving conflicting program and engineering requirements. Developing and implementing organization asset oversight and management utilizing an asset management system such as Maximo. Assuring organization conformity with Federal laws and regulations relating to the acquisition of land, buildings, spaces, and structures by purchasing and leasing. Supporting the organization in development and implementation of energy reduction efforts and energy contracts.

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