Job Title:Museum Technician (Zoology)
Job Announcement Number:13R-JW-298171-DEU-NMNH
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|Monday, April 01, 2013 to
Monday, April 15, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full-Time, Permanent -
|1 vacancy in the following location:|
Washington, DC, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
This position will provide technical support for research in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology (IZ) of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. The primary duty station is at the National Museum of Natural History (NHB) in Washington, DC, but work may be at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD for periods of a week or more. The technician may be asked to participate in fieldwork periodically, traveling to offsite and even international locations that involve extended time aboard research vessels and in remote, possibly rugged, undeveloped locations.
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- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
- May need to complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) at the GS-5 level that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. The experience consists of: sorting, processing and cataloguing specimens of a wide variety of non-insect/arachnid invertebrates; applying a wide variety of preservation techniques; developing and maintaining databases containing collection information and morphological and molecular data; producing images of microscopic to large specimens using digital photography, photomicroscopy and scanning electron microscopy; and preparing (embedding, sectioning and staining) histological thin sections and producing digital archives of resulting sections. Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Or Education: One full academic year of related graduate level education or superior academic achievement may be substituted to meet the experience requirements. Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and completed proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
- Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
- If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations should be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites http://www.naces.org/, http://www.fceatlanta.com/, or www.ies.aacrao.org to obtain these evaluations.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.
All applicants must meet the required Screen-Out-Factor to be minimally qualified.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: Ability to identify a wide variety of invertebrates.
The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
- Knowledge of invertebrates and the basic methods of handling small, delicate specimens.
- Knowledge of collections database software.
- Knowledge of digital photography and associated image processing software.
- Knowledge of preparation and photography of histological thin sections.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed. To preview questions please click here.