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


Vacancy ID: 771011   Announcement Number: DEU-13-771011-TS   USAJOBS Control Number: 332108900

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771011
1. Title of Job

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


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

21. Geographic Availability


053730001 Stuttgart, AR
135490277 Tifton, GA
240580021 Frederick, MD
312830109 Lincoln, NE
381020017 Fargo, ND
381990059 Mandan, ND

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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), the Agricultural Research Technician (Plants) and/or Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants), GS-0404-04 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-03 grade level in the Federal service assisting with Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; assisting with research in horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, or botany; and collecting and summarizing data from greenhouse, laboratory, or field research.
B. I have successfully completed two years of undergraduate study (60 Semester Hours) that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, plant pathology, chemistry, microbiology, statistics, ecology, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics AND have at least 6 semester hours of courses in plant pathology, microbiology, horticulture, ecology, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, 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 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, plant pathology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, ecology, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics AND have at least 6 semester hours of courses in plant pathology, microbiology, horticulture, ecology, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, or botany which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position.
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-0404-05 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 growing and maintaining plants in a controlled environment (i.e., Nursery, laboratory, field site, greenhouse, etc.); assisting with research in plant pathology, horticulture, agronomy, or botany; utilizing research equipment to conduct plant research; and collecting and summarizing data from greenhouse, laboratory, or field research.
B. I have successfully completed a full four-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree (120 Semester Hours) with a major field of study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, ecology, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, plant science, or mathematics AND have at least 6 semester hours of courses in horticulture, plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, ecology, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, and/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 pathology, microbiology, ecology, mycology, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, and botany undergraduate 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 undergraduate semester hours, and divide that number by 120. 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-0404-06 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 growing and maintaining plants within a greenhouse, laboratory, or field site; assisting with research in plant pathology, horticulture, agronomy, or botany; utilizing plant research laboratory techniques and equipment (i.e., aseptic technique for media preparation and isolation of fungi and bacteria, light microscope techniques, inoculating plants in greenhouse or field; 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 1/2 year of graduate level education (9 semester hours) in horticulture, plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, mycology, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, 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 graduate level semester hours of horticulture, plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, mycology, plant science, plant breeding, agronomy, and botany graduate level education.
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 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. Use chemicals, stock solutions, etc., to prepare solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse.

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

6. Collect plant 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).

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

8. Maintain workstation/worksite according to standards and safety rules.

The following statements pertain to your ability to use scientific instrumentation for plant research.

9. Use specialized equipment (i.e., autoclaves, sterile transfer hoods, light microscope, precision planters, hand-held and mechanized pesticide applicators, irrigation flow meters and delivery systems, stationary threshers, plant bundlers, environmentally controlled growth chambers and incubators etc.) to conduct plant research experiments.

10. Use farm machinery to plant, cultivate and harvest plants in field experiments.

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

12. Use specialized equipment (i.e., digital cameras and area imaging software, leaf area meters, light meters, soil moisture probes, remote data loggers, grain shape and color analyzers, strain gauges, infrared gas analyzers, etc.) to gather observable, empirical and measurable evidence.

13. Perform maintenance on testing and data collection equipment (i.e., precision planters, hand-held and mechanized pesticide applicators, irrigation delivery systems, stationary threshers, automated plant bundlers and plot mowers, etc.).

The following statements pertain to your knowledge of plant research or project procedures, processes, and methods.

14. Assist with creating graphs and charts for a project or research report.

15. Assist with preparing a description of methods used for a project or research report.

16. Assist with preparing preliminary data analysis for a project or research report.

17. Assist with compiling summaries of plant projects or research.

18. Assist with collecting and preparing plant and pathogen samples for experimentation.

19. Identify variables, trends, correlations, and interrelationships among research data and conditions.

The following statements pertain to your skill in the use of personal computers and software packages for data collection, analysis, and presentation.

20. Use word processing software (i.e., Microsoft Word) to maintain detailed records of experimental data.

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

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

23. Use spreadsheet software (i.e., Excel) to extract and analyze scientific and/or technical data.

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

25. Use computer databases (i.e., Access) to enter, maintain, and modify plant data..

26. Use statistical analyses software (i.e, SAS, ARM) to enter and manager research data.

27. Use word processing and presentation software (i.e., Microsoft word, Powerpoint) to prepare rough drafts of presentations or posters.

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.

28. 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.