Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)/Biological Science Technician (Plants)


Vacancy ID: 771029   Announcement Number: DEU-13-771029-TS   USAJOBS Control Number: 332069500

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771029
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)/Biological Science Technician (Plants)
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20. Occupational Specialties


001 Biological Science Technician (Plants)
002 Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)

21. Geographic Availability


040297021 Maricopa, AZ
053730001 Stuttgart, AR
062690019 Parlier, CA
135490277 Tifton, GA
381990059 Mandan, ND
552780025 Madison, 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 Technician (Plants) and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants), 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 growing and maintaining plants within a greenhouse; assisting with research in horticulture, agronomy, ecology, or botany; utilizing plant research laboratory techniques (for i.e., making plant tissue cultures, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial cultures, conducting Agrobacterium-Mediated plant transformation, maintaining/propagating plants in tissue cultures, using and developing molecular markers, etc.) to conduct research; and collecting, tabulating, analyzing, and summarizing data from greenhouse, laboratory, or field research.
B. I have one year of graduate level education (18 Semester hours) in horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, ecology, or botany which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience described in "A" above and (at least 6 semester hours of) horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, ecology, or botany graduate level education, 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 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 (Plants) and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants), 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 growing and maintaining plants within a greenhouse; assisting with research in horticulture, agronomy, ecology, or botany; utilizing plant research laboratory techniques (for i.e., making plant tissue cultures, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial cultures, conducting Agrobacterium-Mediated plant transformation, maintaining/propagating plants in tissue cultures, using and developing molecular markers, etc.) to conduct research; and collecting, tabulating, analyzing, and summarizing data from greenhouse, laboratory, and field research; inputting research data into computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software; searching for literature pertinent to research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory or field.
B. I have one and a half years of graduate level education (27 Semester Hours) in horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, ecology, or botany which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience described in "A" above and (at least 6 semester hours of) horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, ecology, or botany graduate level education, 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 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 (Plants) and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants), GS-0404-09 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-08 grade level in the Federal service growing and maintaining plants within a greenhouse; assisting with research in horticulture, agronomy, , ecology, or botany; utilizing plant research laboratory techniques (for i.e., making plant tissue cultures, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial cultures, conducting Agrobacterium-Mediated plant transformation, maintaining/propagating plants in tissue cultures, using and developing molecular markers, etc.) to conduct research; and collecting, tabulating, analyzing, and summarizing data from greenhouse, laboratory, and field research; utilizing computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software to manager research data; searching for literature pertinent to research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory or field; and preparing research reports for review by scientist(s).
B. I have two full years of graduate level education (36 semester hours) or a Master's degree in horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, ecology, or botany which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience described in "A" above and (at least 6 semester hours of) horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, ecology, or botany graduate level education, 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 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 possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

The following statements pertain to knowledge of the principles of plant research.

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. Collect and prepare plant and seed samples for experimentation.

5. Manage inventory of seeds, chemicals, stock solutions, etc., to prepare for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse.

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

7. Interpret variables, trends, correlations, and interrelationships among samples, data, and conditions.

8. Grow and maintain plant samples in both a field and greenhouse environments.

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

10. Assist with plant reproduction through the management of pollinators (i.e., bees, insects, etc.) or through controlled hand crossing.

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

The following statements pertain to ability to adapt, develop or improve research techniques and procedures.

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

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

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

The following statements pertain to ability to use scientific instrumentation and equipment.

15. Use specialized instrumentation (i.e., PCR machines, gel electrophoresis, bar code readers, data loggers, greenhouse controls, etc.) to gather observable, empirical and measurable evidence.

16. Use specialized equipment (i.e., combine harvesters, pesticide applicators, etc.) to conduct plant research experiments.

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

18. Conduct field and laboratory analysis of collected plant samples.

19. Perform maintenance on equipment, instrumentation and data collection equipment (i.e., tractors, combine harvesters, data loggers, etc.) to ensure functionality.

The following statements pertain to knowledge of the research project objectives to plan experimental design and execution.

20. Manage and document project progress including workloads, equipment, scheduling and accomplishments.

21. Create graphs and charts for a project report.

22. Prepare a description of methods used for a project report.

23. Assist with implementation of experimental designs to ensure statistically valid data collection.

24. Assist with developing research reports for management.

25. Assist in compiling research summaries of projects.

The following statements pertain to ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data.

26. Use electronic and microprocessor-based equipment to tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.

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

28. Maintain detailed records of experimental data.

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

30. Use spreadsheet software (i.e., Excel) to create graphic displays and data sheets.

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

32. Use spreadsheet software (i.e., Excel) to input and display scientific and/or technical data.

33. Use computer databases (i.e., Access) to enter, maintain, and modify research data in computer databases (e.g. Access).

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.

34. 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.