Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
FOR THE GS-4 LEVEL: Applicants must have six months of general experience AND six months of specialized experience that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position or that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience is work related to the position and is normally work performed in a controlled environment, which demonstrates:
-Directly applying science-based principles to laboratory work, preferably with insects but similar work with other living organisms is relevant.
-Performing insect rearing or care tasks as part of a laboratory course for college credit, serving as a laboratory technician or assistant working with living plants or insects, collecting insects from the field, and other similar types of experience.
OR Two years of study above high school that included at least 12 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 in biology, entomology, botany, or agriculture. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
FOR THE GS-5 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-4 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
-Performing, with or without guidance, some or all of the aspects of insect rearing in an insect mass-production or research setting.
-Working with and caring for insects, including procuring insect host material, setting up and maintaining insect rearing enclosures, cleaning laboratory surfaces and equipment, etc.
OR A four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree years 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 in biology, entomology, botany, or agriculture. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
FOR THE GS-6 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
-Independently performing all aspects of insect rearing duties in an insect mass-production setting.
-Procuring and performing quality control on insect host material, performing all aspects of care for greenhouse-grown plant material, setting up and maintaining insect rearing enclosures, maintaining a safe and sanitary laboratory environment, performing quality control on insect material in the laboratory, etc.
OR A half year (or 9 semester hours) of graduate education in biology, entomology, botany, or agriculture. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
-You are qualifying for the position based on education.
-You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-4/5/6 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Technical and Medical Support Positions
-As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
-Work is performed primarily in field settings, but office and laboratory work is also required.
-Drives automobiles (automatics or standards) or small trucks (pickups or vans) in the performance of duties.
-Field sites may be forested, agricultural, or residential and can be uncomfortably hot, cold, windy, or wet. Movement through uneven or even rugged terrain is essential.
-Use of or work near dangerous equipment (e.g. chain saws, wood chippers, lift truck, etc.) will be required.
-Laboratory work requires standing for long periods of time as well as some bending, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 40 pounds and may be dusty or uncomfortable with possible exposure to plant or insect allergens.
-May perform sedentary work on a computer for several hours at a time.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
-Ability to perform field plot and/or greenhouse support work
-Knowledge of entomology and insect rearing
-Ability to perform scientific work, including the application of scientific principles and procedures, as they apply to a lab setting
-Ability to follow written protocols, collect and record scientific data, and maintain records
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.
Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
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