General Experience: At least 6 months of general experience. General experience is defined as: (1) any type of work that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of a biological science aid, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the biological sciences. Examples of general experience include: assisting with planting, transplanting, watering, and maintaining plants in a nursery; assisting with biological research; assisting with routine duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse.
Education: Successful completion of one year of study beyond high school that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
Combination of Education and Experience: Combination of experience and education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. To calculate, first determine your total number of semester hours, and divide that number by 30. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 6. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Knowledge of the principles of biological and agricultural research.
- Ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data.
- Ability to use scientific instrumentation.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA 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. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.