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Biological Science Technician

Company: USDA Agricultural Research Department
Location: Brookings
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

Biological Science Technician
Open & closing dates: 2/25/2020 - 3/25/2020
Work schedule: Full-Time
Salary: $43,683 to $62,894 per year
Announcement number: ARS-S21Y--OAD
Control number:
Summary
This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Plains Area, Integrated Cropping System Research Unit in Brookings, SD.

The incumbent will support the development and management of regionally adapted oat varieties, and the quantification of benefits from integrating oat and other crops into regional cropping systems.
Responsibilities

  • Actively participates in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of complex technical duties, including data collection and curation, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment.
  • Adapts, modifies or develops new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project, especially related to sensing or non-destructive sample collection.
  • Maintains, calibrates and modifies complex/specialized equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.
  • Maintains inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, seeds, and plant material. Travel Required
    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
    Requirements
    Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a US Citizen or US National
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
    • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at Qualifications
      Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

      Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

      At the GS-07:

      Qualifying experience for GS-7 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-6 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience collecting, maintaining, and measuring biological samples related to agronomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, or soil science. Experience includes recording, compiling, and interpreting research results and data using sensor-based, mobile, or related non-destructive technologies and validated by the destructive collection of physical samples; and associated computer systems including geographic information systems.
      OR

      Education: One full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related. Related degrees may include agronomy, plant sciences, agricultural engineering, natural resources management, soil science, ecology, or related disciplines.

      OR

      A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.
      At the GS-08:

      Qualifying experience for GS-8 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-7 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience participating in a biological science research project related to agronomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, or soil science which includes collecting, evaluating and verifying destructively and non-destructively collected soil and plant samples; operating, calibrating and modifying laboratory equipment including unmanned aircraft systems, ground-based mobile or static sensors, and data processing software including geographic information systems, image analysis, or programming languages; and assisting in the development and improvement of techniques and procedures within the experiment process.

      OR

      Education: Two full years of graduate level education or a Master's degree, if directly related to the position. Related degrees may include agronomy, plant sciences, agricultural engineering, natural resources management, soil science, ecology, or related disciplines.

      OR

      A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.

      Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
      Education
      Additional information
      Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

      Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.
      How You Will Be Evaluated
      You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
      Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy 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 (KSA) or competencies:
      • Biology
      • Research
      • Applies Technology to Tasks Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

        Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
        Required Documents
        The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
        • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
        • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards..... click apply for full job details

Keywords: USDA Agricultural Research Department, Sioux Falls , Biological Science Technician, Professions , Brookings, South Dakota

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