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Job Title:Biological Science Lab Aide

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-13-853700-TS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$24,933.00 to $32,412.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Brookings, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens.

This position is with Integrated Cropping Systems, Agricultural Research Service, USDA in Brookings, SD. The incumbent will assist in laboratory, greenhouse, and field research on the efficacy of new corn varieties and aspects of insect resistance management. The incumbent will follow procedures for investigating the biology and management of corn rootworms, and help establish field plots and traps to collect corn rootworms. The incumbent will assist with collecting research data to be computerized and verified for accuracy.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent:

  • Performs standardized routines in support of research projects(i.e., standardized tests, procedures, routines, or operations which require a general knowledge of basic biological science and the ability to know when and how to resolve problems encountered or to make adaptations in the sequencing of the tasks performed).
  • Keeps detailed records of experimental data and tabulates data using personal computers and software packages.
  • Prepares routine media, and solutions, by weighing and measuring constituents according to established methods in a laboratory.
  • Uses common laboratory equipment and apparatus such as autoclaves, sterilizers, centrifuges and homogenizers.
  • Prepares labels for specimens
  • Maintains work area in a neat and orderly manner and may wash or clean other laboratory equipment. 
  • Performs simple repetitive tasks incidental to the research project.
  • Assists in plot preparation and maintenance, plant harvesting and sample preparation and maintenance, as well as sample and seed sorting, or processing for analysis and storage.
  • May perform such duties as servicing and cleaning insect traps, keeping simple records of work accomplished, etc.
  • Performs simple repetitive tasks incidental to the research project such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, potting, and maintaining plants. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

OR

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)

OR

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.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions. 

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application
Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to
ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link: 
https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page 
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 853700.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.
1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Click here to print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:  
   - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX) 
   - Resume

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  Active Duty Service Members must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.  Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.


Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

DEU-13-853700-TS

Control Number:

339517200