Job Title: Agricultural Science Research TechnicianJob Announcement Number: ARS-D13E-0088
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Agricultural Research Service
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/ Per Year
Monday, May 13, 2013 to
Friday, May 17, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Term NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
State College, PA United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table
Our mission is to support environmentally and economically sustainable farming in the northeastern U.S. by improving agroecosystem management. Major research efforts include: 1. Developing fundamental information for establishing, maintaining, and managing diverse forage and grazing lands, recognizing ecosystem services beyond the traditional forage, food, and fiber production to include emerging services such as carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas mitigation, and bioenergy production. 2. Developing fundamental information linking agricultural management with water quality and developing management practices and strategies that balance production and agroecological services. 3. Using experimental measurements, model development, and whole farm simulation to evaluate system interactions and improve farm management effects on air, soil, and water quality.
Candidates must have a valid state CDL Class B drivers license with hazmat endorsement.
Candidates must have a Certified Pesticide License Category 18.
This is a TERM position not to exceed 13 months. This position may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition.
- You 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
DUTIES:Back to top
Typical, but not all-inclusive, duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
Assists in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment, common to the assigned area of work of agronomic field crop management.
Performs routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment, including farm tractors, forage harvesters and/or pesticide applicators.
Maintains, calibrates and modifies equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.
Collects, prepares, evaluates, and verifies samples and supporting records; maintains records and locates and compiles data and other information from various sources.
Keeps detailed records of experimental data. Tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers and software packages.
Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposes of waste material (both chemical and biological).
Keeps work-site in a neat and orderly manner.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
GS-5: Applicants must have one year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study OR at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position.
Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of the basic principles of agricultural as they relate to agronomic field crop production.
2. Skill in operating equipment such as tractors and forage harvesters.
3. Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
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:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.