Biological Science Lab Tech/Biological Science Tech/Agricultural Science Research Tech (Soils)


Vacancy ID: 771037   Announcement Number: DEU-13-771037-AMN   USAJOBS Control Number: 331840700

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771037
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Lab Tech/Biological Science Tech/Agricultural Science Research Tech (Soils)
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20. Occupational Specialties


001 Biological Science Technician (Soils)
002 Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Soils)
003 Agricultural Science Research Technician (Soils)

21. Geographic Availability


185200157 West Lafayette, IN
312830109 Lincoln, NE
552880073 Marshfield, WI

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

This assessment section includes questions to determine if you are in the area of consideration for this vacancy. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS MAY RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING. Please choose A (Yes) or B (No) for each of the following items to identify which of the following descriptions applies to you.

A- Yes.
B- No.

1. Are you a U.S. Citizen or National?

2. Are you a current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago? This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.

3. Are you a Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)? You must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214.

4. Are you a 30% or more Disabled Veteran? You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

5. Are you a military spouse? Military spouses are eligible if their 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. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.

6. Are you eligible for a Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment? Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.

7. Are you eligible for a Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment? Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

8. Are you eligible under an Interchange Agreement or other Miscellaneous Authorities? Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

1. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the requirements for the Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Soils), and/or Agricultural Science Research Technician (Soils) GS-0404-05 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting with research in a field, greenhouse, or laboratory environment related to soils, agronomy, or environmental science; maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment used for soil, plant, water, gas, or waste; and keeping records of experimental data.
B. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as soil science, environmental science, agronomy, natural resource management, biology, chemistry, statistics, botany, physics, agriculture, geology, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of soils, agronomy, or environmental science. Note: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the requirements for the Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Soils) GS-0404-06 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting with research in a field, greenhouse, or laboratory environment related to soils, agronomy, or environmental science; maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment used for soil, plant, water, gas, or waste; and collecting, tabulating, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software.
B. I have half a year of graduate level education (9 semester hours) in soil science, environmental science, agronomy, natural resource management, biology, chemistry, statistics, botany, physics, agriculture, geology, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of soils, agronomy, or environmental science. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

3. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the requirements for the Biological Science Technician (Soils) GS-0404-07 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting with research in a field, greenhouse, or laboratory related to soils, agronomy, or environmental science; operating and maintaining equipment used for analysis or monitoring of soil, plants, water, gas, or waste; collecting, tabulating, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software; maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposing of waste material; and operating field or plot-scale equipment such as tractors and planting, tillage, harvesting, and manure application equipment.
B. I have one year of graduate level education (18 Semester hours) in soil science, environmental science, agronomy, natural resource management, biology, chemistry, statistics, botany, physics, agriculture, geology, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of soils, agronomy, or environmental science. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

4. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the requirements for the Biological Science Technician (Soils) GS-0404-08 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting with research in a field, greenhouse, or laboratory related to soils, agronomy, or environmental science; operating and maintaining equipment used for analysis or monitoring of soil, plant, water, gas, or waste; collecting, tabulating, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software; maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposing of waste material; searching for literature pertinent to research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse; and operating field or plot-scale equipment such as tractors and planting, tillage, harvesting, and manure application equipment.
B. I have one and a half years of graduate level education (27 Semester Hours) in soil science, environmental science, agronomy, natural resource management, biology, chemistry, statistics, botany, physics, agriculture, geology, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of soils, agronomy, or environmental science. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

The following statements pertain to your knowledge of the principles and practices of soils, agronomy and biological science.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

5. Research literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse.

6. Initiate action to resolve or correct technical research difficulties and/or results.

7. Perform collection and organization of soil, biological, or environmental quality data as part of research or a research project according to instructions and standardized procedures (e.g., recognition of valid data, data quality assessment and appropriate storage).

8. Follow detailed sampling and laboratory procedures to ensure compliance with quality control/quality assurance guidelines.

The following statements pertain to your skill with research techniques, procedures, and experiments.

9. Collect and prepare soil, plant, water, gas, or waste samples for experimentation.

10. Adapt, modify or develop new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project.

11. Conduct field and laboratory experiments in soils, agronomy, or water quality.

12. Maintain detailed records of experimental data.

13. Interpret variables, trends, correlations, and interrelationships among research data and conditions.

The following statements pertain to your knowledge of safety, quality control, and use of specialized equipment.

14. Manage inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, etc., to prepare solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse.

15. Dispose of waste material (both chemical and biological) according to rules and regulations.

16. Use specialized equipment (e.g. soil or water quality monitoring equipment) to conduct field research.

17. Perform maintenance on testing and data collection equipment (e.g. soil testing equipment, dataloggers, and soil or water quality sensors or instrumentation).

18. Calibrate and modify complex/specialized equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.

19. Operate field- or plot-scale equipment such as tractors and planting, tillage, harvesting, and manure application equipment.

The following statements pertain to ability to analyze and summarize experimental data using software programs.

20. Use computers and software packages to tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.

21. Transcribe research data from forms or devices into a computerized database.

22. Use spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel) to extract and analyze scientific and/or technical data.

23. Input and display scientific and/or technical data into spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel).

Certification of Understanding - Select the appropriate answer to the statement below. Failure to provide an answer will result in your not being considered for this position.

24. 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 and that responding "No" or providing no response to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I understand the information provided above and certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith.
B. No, I do not certify this information and do not wish to be considered for this position.