Biological Science Technician (Insect)


Vacancy ID: 787709   Announcement Number: ARS-D13W-0011   USAJOBS Control Number: 331342900

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 787709
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Technician (Insect)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level you are willing to accept for this position.
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Please review the descriptions of the specialty codes listed below in order to determine how you would like to be considered for this position.  You may make more than one selection as applicable.  You will only be considered under the options selected, so please choose carefully.

001 – ALL U.S. CITIZENS:   You may apply under open competitive procedures if you are a United States citizen or national.

002 - NON-COMPETITIVE:  You may apply under non-competitive procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for; or former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for.  You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.)  Do not submit SF-50s for awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.

2. Veterans eligible for a
Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA).  You must submit a copy of your DD-214.  NOTE:  VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

3.
30% or more disabled veterans.  You must submit your DD-214 and a completed SF-15.

4. Military spouses whose 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.  For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit: 
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.

5. Persons with disabilities eligible for a
Schedule A appointment.  You must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. 

 

6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers.  You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.

7. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved
Interchange Agreement.   


001 DEMO-All U.S. Citizens
002 Non-Competitive

21. Geographic Availability

Select at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


060020001 Albany, CA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following questions are used to determine your non-competitive eligibility. If you requested consideration under non-competitive procedures (in the Occupational Specialties section) and do not provide answers to these questions, you will be rated ineligible.

1. Are you a current or former competitive service Federal employee with career or career-conditional status who holds/held a position with a full performance level of GS-09 (or higher)?  If you answer yes, you must submit a copy of your SF-50 (block 24 must include tenure code 1 or 2, block 34 must include a 1, and the full performance level of your position must be documented).

A. Yes
B. No

2. Are you a veteran eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)?  You are eligible for a VRA appointment if you:  are in receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition, OR are a disabled veteran, OR are in receipt of an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation, OR are a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years), AND separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge). If you answer yes, you must submit a copy of your DD-214.

A. Yes
B. No

3. Are you retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more OR do you have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more? If you answer yes, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, a completed SF-15 and supporting documents.

A. Yes
B. No

4. Are you eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on an authority that is not described in the three previous questions (i.e. persons with disabilities, military spouse, returning Peace Corps volunteers, employees covered by an OPM approved interchange agreement, etc.)?  You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.

A. Yes
B. No

Your response(s) to the question(s) below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Biological Science Technician (Insect) position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

5. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience for the GS-7 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) ability to rear and maintain Navel Orangeworm and Coldling Moth colonies, including moth gender and mating status, (2) ability to use and maintain insect flight tunnels, pedestrian locomotion compensator, electroantennographic (EAG) recording equipment, and gas chromatographic equipment, (3) ability to conduct and evaluate laboratory and field experiments on the responses of insect to semiochemicals, including attraction, mating disruption, and spray applications, and (4) skill in conducting Sterile Insect Technique experiments using X-ray equipment.

B. I have 1 year of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position and demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities described in option A above.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and directly related graduate level education as described in options A and B above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

D. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

6. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience for the GS-8 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) ability to rear and maintain Navel Orangeworm and Coldling Moth colonies, including moth gender and mating status, (2)ability to use and maintain insect flight tunnels, pedestrian locomotion compensator, electroantennographic (EAG) recording equipment, and gas chromatographic equipment, (3)ability to conduct and evaluate laboratory and field experiments on the responses of insect to semiochemicals, including attraction, mating disruption, and spray applications, and (4)skill in conducting Sterile Insect Technique experiments using X-ray equipment.

B. I have 1½ years of graduate level education that are directly related to the work of the position and demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills and abilities described in option A above.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and directly related graduate level education as described in options A and B above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%. To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours, and divide that number by 27. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

D. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

7. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience for the GS-9 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) ability to rear and maintain Navel Orangeworm and Coldling Moth colonies, including moth gender and mating status, (2)ability to use and maintain insect flight tunnels, pedestrian locomotion compensator, electroantennographic (EAG) recording equipment, and gas chromatographic equipment, (3)ability to conduct and evaluate laboratory and field experiments on the responses of insect to semiochemicals, including attraction, mating disruption, and spray applications, and (4)skill in conducting Sterile Insect Technique experiments using X-ray equipment.

B. I have 2 full years of graduate education or a master's degree that is directly related to the work of the position and demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills and abilities described in option A above.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and directly related graduate level education as described in options A and B above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours, and divide that number by 36. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

D. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

8. Do you have one or more of the following: (1) a GPA of 2.7 or higher for a high school diploma or a degree from an accredited junior college, college, university or other baccalaureate institution; or (2) a GPA of 3.0 or higher in your major field of study for a degree from an accredited junior college, college, university or other baccalaureate institution; or (3) a GPA of 2.7 or higher for at least 24 semester hours of directly related course work (i.e. entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant genetics) above the high school level? If you answer yes, please submit a copy of your transcripts.

A. Yes
B. No

9. Are you a member of a national honor society (other than a freshman honor society) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies?

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered yes to the question above, provide the name of the national honor society in the space below.

10. Have you completed all requirements for an advanced degree (beyond the baccalaureate) from an accredited institution in a directly related field of study such as entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, or plant genetics? If you answer yes, please submit a copy of your transcripts.

A. Yes
B. No

11. Do you have experience operating, maintaining, calibrating, and modifying specialized equipment and instruments such as insect flight tunnels, pedestrian locomotion compensator, electroantennographic (EAG) recording equipment, and gas chromatographic equipment; using x-ray sterilization chambers or similar equipment for either insect sterilization or crop quarantine treatments; managing and maintaining moth or insect colonies; and maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered yes to the question above, please indicate in the space below where this experience may be found in your resume (i.e. employment dates, employer, and position title).

12. Are you a veteran with a compensable, service-connected disability of 10% or more? If you answer yes, please submit a copy of your DD-214, a completed SF-15, and supporting documentation.

A. Yes
B. No

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

13. If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.

B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.