TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2008-174

ISSUED   AUGUST 27, 2008

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

DOMESTIC ANIMAL HEALTH INSPECTOR

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Domestic Animal Health Inspector

51110

S6

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 26, 2013, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will assist state and federal veterinarians implementing animal and poultry health and disease control programs by traveling to field locations to take blood, tissue, and other diagnostic samples from domestic animals and poultry; helping to restrain domestic animals; and explaining to farmers and animal owners the provisions of animal health regulations as they affect their operations.  You will inspect animal dealers, pet shops, poultry hatcheries, auctions, and renderers to ensure compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements and regulations for sanitation, carcass disposal, and proper record keeping.  You will perform work with considerable independence in an assigned region for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  You will need to periodically use protective clothing and equipment to guard against infection and the spread of disease.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Necessary Special Requirements

You must possess a valid Class C driverís license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

You must possess current certification as a Poultry Technician or have the ability to gain certification during the probationary period.

 

Minimum Requirements

Graduation from an approved Veterinary Medical Technology Training program and   2 years of experience in the raising or handling of animals used for a variety of commercial purposes including food animals and farm animals; OR a bachelorís degree in Biology, Animal Science, Dairy Science, Poultry Science, or a closely related area with at least 16 credits in animal science; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 

Clarification of Requirements

You may substitute related education for the required experience or appropriate experience for the required education.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Domestic Animal Health Inspectors are state wide positions based out of 7 regional offices of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  These offices are located in Meadville, Crawford County; Montoursville, Lycoming County; Tunkhannock, Wyoming County; Gibsonia, Allegheny County; Altoona, Blair County; Harrisburg, Dauphin County; and Creamery, Montgomery County.

 

Lists created by this test will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

PA Department of Agriculture

Office of Human Resources

2301 North Cameron Street

Harrisburg, PA  17110-9408

Telephone:  (717) 787-1065

Internet:  www.agriculture.state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.  You will have a maximum of 2 hours to complete the test. 

 

The test will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Animal Science

35

Written Communication/Effective Expression

15

Investigative Techniques

15

Reading Comprehension

10

Interpersonal Relations

10

Total

85

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commissionís Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us or submit your completed paper application to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-

 

Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us  

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources Office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section

 

of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."