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-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:
-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.
FOR THE GS-7 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-6 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
-Independently conducting laboratory work for an insect mass-rearing program and/or designing and performing scientific studies of insects or insect rearing in a mass-rearing or similar setting.
-Planning or directing projects aimed at improving efficiencies, quality control, or other process improvements in an insect mass-production setting with a federal, state, and/or university laboratory.
-Developing work plans for field, greenhouse, and/or laboratory work for supervisory approval and use by staff members to conduct daily or otherwise scheduled duties.
-Preparing detailed laboratory reports, such as the results of specific investigations or projects (similar to those outlined above), wherein the candidate performed statistical analysis of data independently or as directed by supervisor.
-Writing detailed laboratory work or accomplishment reports to managers/supervisors as well as preparing posters or oral presentations covering this work.
-Directing the work of other technicians as a project or team leader, including directing the work of others, even where the work plan was developed by supervisor or manager.
OR One year (or 18 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-6/7 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 in field, laboratory, and office settings.
-Field sites may be forested, agricultural, or in residential areas and can be uncomfortably hot, cold, windy, or wet. Movement through uneven/even rugged terrain is essential.
-Use of or work near dangerous equipment (e.g. chain saws, wood chippers, lift truck, etc.) is required.
-Laboratory work requires standing for long periods of time and some bending, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 40 pounds. Laboratory may be dusty or uncomfortable and include exposure to plant or insect allergens.
-Use of protective equipment or clothing is required for some tasks and may create some discomfort.
-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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