Biological Science Laboratory Tech/Agricultural Science Research Tech/Biological Science Tech


Vacancy ID: 771095   Announcement Number: DEU-13-771095-CPF   USAJOBS Control Number: 331787400

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771095
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Laboratory Tech/Agricultural Science Research Tech/Biological Science Tech
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address


4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade


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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


001 Biological Science Technician
002 Biological Science Laboratory Technician
003 Agricultural Science Research Technician

21. Geographic Availability

Applicants may select a maximum of 5 locations for which they wish to be considered.
060980113 Davis, CA
063070065 Riverside, CA
080020121 Akron, CO
121080111 Fort Pierce, FL
176850143 Peoria, IL
190230169 Ames, IA
240100033 Beltsville, MD
282455151 Stoneville, MS
296430143 Portageville, MO
373750183 Raleigh, NC
381020017 Fargo, ND
381990059 Mandan, ND
411610059 Pendleton, OR
484140303 Lubbock, TX

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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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 Technician, and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician, and/or Agricultural Science Research Technician at the GS-4 grade level. 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 6 months of general experience performing progressively responsible clerical, office, or other type of work that demonstrates my ability to acquire the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position to be filled as well as 6 months of specialized experience performing the following tasks: under close supervision, assisting in one or more phases of research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment; assisting with the use of a variety of equipment to record instrument readings, collect samples, and take measurements; and updating records and inventories of chemical and biological materials.
B. I have successfully completed 2 years (60 semester hours) of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, agricultural technology, or mathematics. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
C. I do not possess the required amount of experience or education listed above, however I do have an equivalent combination of education and experience may be qualifying. For example, 6 months of the general experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 1 year of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) as specified above equals 100% of the total requirement. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
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 Technician, and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician, and/or Agricultural Science Research Technician at the GS-5 grade level. 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 year (12-months) of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: under minimal supervision, assisting in one or more phases of research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment; using a variety of equipment to record instrument readings, collect samples, and take measurements; maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures; handling and managing biological samples; and keeping detailed records and maintaining an inventory of chemical and biological materials.
B. I have successfully completed 4 years (120 semester hours) of study above high school that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, agricultural technology, or mathematics. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
C. I do not possess the required amount of experience or education listed above. However, I do have an equivalent combination of education and experience may be qualifying. For example, 6 months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 1 year of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) as specified above equals 100% of the total requirement. Note: Only undergraduate education in excess of the first two years (60 semester hours) may be combined with experience at the GS-5 grade level (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
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, and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician, and/or Agricultural Science Research Technician at the GS-6 grade level. 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 year (12-months) of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: with little to no supervision, assisting in one or more phases of research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment; independently utilizing a variety of equipment to record instrument readings, collect samples, and take measurements; overseeing the maintenance, calibration, and modification of equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures; handling and managing biological samples; and tabulating, statistically analyzing, and summarizing data using a personal computer and software package.
B. I have completed one semester (9 semester hours) of Graduate level education in any combination of the following courses: biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, agricultural technology, or mathematics. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
C. I do not possess the required amount of experience or education listed above, an equivalent combination of education and experience may be qualifying. For example, 9 months of the specialized experience described above (75% of the experience requirement), and 3 semester hours of Graduate level study from an accredited institution (33% of the qualifying education) as specified above exceeds 100% of the total requirement. Note: only Graduate level education may be combined with experience at the GS-6 grade level (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

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.

4. Assist in one or more phases of research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment

5. Manage an inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, and biological materials to prepare solutions and reagents for use in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse setting.

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

7. Ensure all work areas within a laboratory, greenhouse, or field environment are orderly, clean, functional, and operated safely.

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

9. Determine appropriate methods and procedures for conducting research.

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

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

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

13. Test new research techniques and/or procedures to determine viability of use.

14. Assist with preparing preliminary data for a project report.

15. Maintain detailed records of experimental protocols and/or procedures.

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

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

18. Create worksheets and graphic displays using spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel).

19. Enter, maintain, and modify research data in computer databases (e.g. Access).

20. Utilize specialized equipment to conduct either biological research experiments (i.e. balances, autoclaves, homogenizers, spectrophotometers, etc.) or agricultural field research experiments (i.e. seed drill, tractor, plot combine, yield monitor, seed cleaner, scale, etc.).

21. Calibrate and modify equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.

22. Determine the types and frequency of tests, observations, etc., to be made and the type of data to be recorded.

23. Use specialized equipment (i.e. microscopes, pH meter, EC meter, spectrophotometer, GPS receiver, yield monitor, etc.) to gather observable, empirical and measurable evidence.

24. Maintain laboratory instruments (i.e. balances, autoclaves, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, DNA sequencer, gas chromatographs, infrared analyzers,

etc.) and/or agricultural equipment (i.e. tractors, seed drills, sprayers, fertilizer applicators, tillage implements, etc.).

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.

25. 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.