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    Monster Government Solutions (MGS) will be performing scheduled maintenance between Saturday, September 16th, and Monday, September 18th, 2017. You may not be able to complete the application process during this time. The scheduled maintenance will end 6:00 a.m. ET, Monday, September 18th.

    This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF), National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL) with one vacancy located in Pascagoula, MS.

    This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

    The ZP-2 is equivalent to the GS-07/09. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.

    This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-SF-2017-0023, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

    * A one year probationary period may be required.

    * Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    * This position is not in the bargaining unit.


    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Microbiologist, ZP-0403-2, FPL 3 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

    This position has a selective placement factor: Substantive experience conducting microbiological testing and analysis of seafood products or bi-products for pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms.

    *Your application materials must clearly demonstrate this experience. Failure to do so will result in your application being marked as ineligible.

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    As a Microbiologist, you will perform the following duties:

    • Conduct analyses of microbiological (pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms) and biochemical hazards in seafood products and bi-products, such as fish meal and fish oil, using microbiological techniques, including aseptic handling of samples, media preparation, plate counts, MPNs, and molecular analytical techniques.
    • Assist in quality control/quality analysis of laboratory case files to ensure proper documentation and completion in compliance with established procedures.
    • Comply with the NSIL ISO 17025 program and requirements, lab quality and safety, hazardous materials and waste policies and procedures.
    • Compile and analyze data using various computer software packages and prepares reports as required, ensuring precise and detailed records of sample custody and analytical data.
    • Conduct inventories of laboratory supplies, instruments, and equipment in order to maintain the readiness of the microbiological analysis functions of the laboratory.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Up to 10% of domestic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    * Status Candidates - Current Federal employees with competitive status or Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

    * CTAP/ICTAP eligibles;

    * Veterans under VRA, VEOA or 30% Disabled and certain Military Spouses;

    * Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A);

    * Peace Corps, Vista (AmeriCorps) eligibles;

    * Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or other special appointing authority.

    Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    0403 Microbiology

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478873700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.