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Job Title:Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Hiring Organization:Central Plains Resource Management

Job Announcement Number:DEU/MP-14-996323-AF

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 $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to Wednesday, December 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Akron, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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

This position involves field plot research to evaluate brassica oilseeds for establishment and success in dryland cropping systems of the Central Great Plains region. Incumbent will assist an agronomic research team in field plot oilseed stress trials. The job involves careful data collection of various plant and crop phenotypic measurements of oilseeds planted in winter and spring trials established at the USDA-ARS Central Great Plains Research Station in Akron, Colorado.

Who May Apply: You may apply if you are a US Citizen or National, current or former career/career conditional Federal employee with competitive status, VEOA eligible, or are eligible for a non-competitive hiring authority (i.e. 30% or more Compensable Veterans, Schedule A, reinstatement eligible, interchange agreements, etc.). You may apply as an Open Competitive candidate if you are a US Citizen.

THIS IS A TERM POSITION NOT TO EXCEED 13 MONTHS WITH A POSSIBLE EXTENSION UP TO FOUR YEARS.

The successful candidate must be able to work for extended periods of time outside in dusty, hot, cold or windy conditions. Conditions in the spring can be cold and windy as well.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

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 be possess or be able to obtain a current and valid driver's license

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will:

  • Assist in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment.
  • Keep detailed records of experimental data.
  • Perform routine and recurring methods of phenotypic data collection using a variety of specialized field equipment (LAI, NDVI measurement).
  • Utilize computers and software packages to tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize data.
  • Collect, prepare, evaluate, and verify sample quality and supporting records.
  • Maintain sample records and locate and compile pertinent information from various sources to include in the records.
  • Maintain an inventory of chemicals for research and experiments.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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NOTE: Applicants claiming education to qualify MUST submit supporting transcripts. Failure to do so will result in a rating of ineligible.

GS-05:

Specialized Experience: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties under close supervision: making plant or crop measurements under field or greenhouse conditions or experience with field plot maintenance and establishment; assisting in one or more phases of the agricultural research process by performing a variety of technical duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment; modifying techniques and procedures to satisfy the needs of research projects; operating farm field plot equipment like tractors, planters, harvesters and sprayers; utilizing computers and software packages to tabulate, statistically analyze, graph and summarize data; preparing solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse; and safely disposing of biological and chemical waste materials.

 

-OR-

Education: Four full years of education leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as agronomy, soil science, crop science, weed science, biology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, physics, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled.

 

-OR-

Combination: A combination of the specialized experience and education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%.

GS-06:

Specialized Experience: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties under supervision: making plant or crop measurements under field or greenhouse conditions or experience with field plot maintenance and establishment; assisting in one or more phases of the agricultural research process by performing a variety of technical duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment; operating farm field plot equipment like tractors, planters and sprayers; modifying or developing techniques and procedures to satisfy the needs of research projects; maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures; utilizing computers and software packages to tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize data; preparing solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse; and safely disposing of biological and chemical waste materials.

 

-OR-

Education: One full semester (9 semester hours) of graduate education in Soil Science, Crop Science, Weed science, biology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, physics, mathematics, or a field directly related to the duties of this position.

 

-OR-

Combination: A combination of the specialized experience and education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%.


Preferred candidate will have a degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Science or a related field.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures: One year or 52-weeks at the GS-04 level is required for the GS-05. One year or 52-weeks at the GS-05 level is required for the GS-06. (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION)

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 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:

  • Technical Research Support
  • Biological Research Techniques and Procedures
  • Research Activities and Equipment Use
  • Chemical Procedures in the Field

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, December 04, 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 996323. 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 a 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.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA): If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility. Generally, this will be your Member 4 copy of the DD-214.

Active Duty Service Members: You 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.

Merit Promotion: If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 which indicates you have competitive status and performance appraisal. Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level. Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Non-Competitive Authorities: Military spouse (Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move,2) has a 100% disability rating, or 3) died while on active duty); Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment; Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment; Interchange Agreements and other Miscellaneous Authorities. To be considered under special hiring authorities, you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility. For further information click here

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: Education outside the U.S. must be specially documented, please CLICK HERE for more information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
Call or e-mail us with your questions
Thank You, MO
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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/MP-14-996323-AF

Control Number:

355735800