GS-06: Possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Research activity or control program work; Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; Work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling their own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would qualify as specialized experience. Specialized Experience specific to this position is experience in a research animal laboratory that includes basic husbandry (feeding, watering, housing and handling laboratory animals), and animal record keeping; ~OR~ Successfully completed one-half year (9 semester hours) of graduate level education from an accredited institution. Course work must be directly related to the work of a Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal). Note: Transcripts (official or unofficial) are required at the time of application. Education cannot be credited without this information; ~OR~ Possess an equivalent combination of experience and education as described above to meet the specialized experience requirements. Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) with your application. Education cannot be credited without this documentation.
This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The selective placement factor for this position is: Do you have experience handling a variety of research animals using the correct restraining technique as required by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC)?
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Narrative responses are not required.
- Knowledge of the practices, principles and procedures governing laboratory animal science, laboratory animal husbandry and animal record keeping.
- Skill in communicating with a wide range of individuals at multiple levels both in written and verbal format.
- Ability to perform performance and maintenance checks and services on various machinery.
- Ability to perform prescribed treatments and procedures such as vaccinations, administering oral/topical medications, perform standard laboratory tests and obtain biological samples, tissues and fluids.
- Experience in Microsoft.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Carrying and lifting heavy objects such as moving animal cages, racks, animal bedding, and bags of feed weighing over 50 pounds on a daily basis. Work requires regular and recurring moderate risks and discomforts which require special safety precautions, and involves working around moving parts, carts, machines, and with contagious diseases and irritant chemicals.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.