Biological Science Technician (Insect)
Department Of Agriculture - Albany, CA

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Provides technical support for a plant mycotoxin research program directed to improve disease and insect resistance of foods. Assists research scientists by performing a variety of technical duties in field, greenhouse, and laboratory environment. Operates, maintains, calibrates, and modifies specialized equipment and instruments such as insect flight tunnels, pedestrian locomotion compensator, electroantennographic (EAG) recording equipment, and gas chromatographic equipment. Uses x-ray sterilization chambers or similar equipment for either insect sterilization or crop quarantine treatments.

This is a term appointment NTE 2 years, which may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:
Major Duties:
Provides technical support for a plant mycotoxin research program directed to improve disease and insect resistance of foods. Assists research scientists by performing a variety of technical duties in field, greenhouse, and laboratory environment. Operates, maintains, calibrates, and modifies specialized equipment and instruments such as insect flight tunnels, pedestrian locomotion compensator, electroantennographic (EAG) recording equipment, and gas chromatographic equipment. Uses x-ray sterilization chambers or similar equipment for either insect sterilization or crop quarantine treatments. Responsible for the management and maintenance of Navel Orangeworm and Coldling Moth colonies. Maintains, calibrates, and modifies equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures. Collects, prepares, evaluates and verifies samples and supporting records, maintains records, locates and compiles data and information from various sources. Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposes of chemical and biological waste materials. Uses computer software to record methods and procedures, tabulate and analyze data, and develop spreadsheets. May conduct literature reviews to utilize new techniques or procedures.

Wo rking Conditions and Other Considerations:
Field work may necessitate working in adverse weather conditions.

May need to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds.

Must have a valid state motor vehicle operator's license and be able to operate motor vehicles.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
INSERT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GRADE LEVEL

GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service OR 1 year of graduate education directly related to the duties of the position.

GS-8: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service OR 18 months of graduate education directly related to the duties of the position.

GS-9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level in the Federal service OR 24 months of graduate education directly related to the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

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.

4. Skill in conducting Sterile Insect Technique experiments using X-ray equipment.

Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information click here .

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference , you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

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