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Job Title:Physical Science Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X14W-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 to Thursday, December 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1311-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sidney, MT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens, current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and persons eligible under special hiring authorities

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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

The Agricultural Science Research Technician provides support for a Research Agronomist in the Agricultural Systems Research Unit (ASRU) of the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL). General responsibilities are to assist with research in irrigated cropping systems soil, water and nutrient management. The mission of the ASRU at NPARL is to develop ecologically based strategies, technologies, and products for sustainable irrigated and dryland agricultural production systems for the Northern Great Plains.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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:

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The incumbent will participate as a team member with the scientist in all phases of the research process and assumes full technical and operational responsibility for specific phases of the research. Assists in planning and conducting team research in soil, water and nutrient management for irrigated cropping systems aimed to maximize input efficiency and minimize environmental impact. Independently manages day to day research activities based on objectives outlined by the supervisor. Operates plot equipment, installs and repairs field instrumentation and maintains field plots. Contributes to the planning of various steps in experiments and to interpretation and documentation of findings. Selects appropriate methods and procedures for carrying the project plan to completion. Operates and maintains a variety of highly specialized complex equipment which must be calibrated and synchronized to achieve desired results. Keeps exact, detailed records of experimental data. Collects, prepares, evaluates and verifies samples and supporting records. Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, and safely disposes of waste materials (both chemical and biological). Supervises temporary employees so as to efficiently accomplish field and laboratory research tasks. Independently initiates action to resolve or correct technical difficulties or recommends potential resolutions to the supervisory. Works effectively in both individual and team-based settings using shared resources and cooperative practices. 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-04 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 in an appropriate field of physical science, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics. 

 

GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-05 level in the federal service OR 6 months of graduate education directly related to the work of the position such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics. 

 

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-06 level in the federal service OR one full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.  

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1. Knowledge of agronomy, soil science, and/or environmental science in relation to modern irrigated farming practices.

 

2. Skills in operating and maintaining specialized equipment such as combustion-type elemental analyzers (e.g., LECO CN analyzer), automated continuous-flow analyzer (e.g., Lachat), data logger, plot harvesting equipment, etc.

 

3. Ability to manipulate data in worksheets such as Excel in order to record, organize and tabulate experimental 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.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.

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. 


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:

Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information click here.

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered.  VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service.  Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible.   You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

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 they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality 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.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation:  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).

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, December 12, 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.  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.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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 984532.  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. 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 (OF-612 will not be accepted)

Supporting documents (if applicable):
   - Transcripts or list of college courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking
   - SF-50 that includes title, series, grade and tenure (if you are a current or former Federal employee)
   - Most recent performance appraisal (if you are a current Federal employee)
   - Veterans' documentation (DD-214, SF-15, etc.)
   - Documentation providing proof of non-competitive eligibility
   - CTAP/ICTAP documentation

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.

Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tracey Brown
Phone: (301)504-1533
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: TRACEY.BROWN@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-X14W-0003

Control Number:

354117600