Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Department Of Agriculture - White Lake, WI

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0951000104-445G-CJ. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position has a tour of duty with a guaranteed minimum of 8 months / 18 pay periods of full-time employment. You may be placed in a non-pay status for the remaining 4 months / 8 pay periods of the season.

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

This position is located on the Oconto River Seed Orchard, which is near White Lake, Wisconsin. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Paul Berrang at 414-297-3569 email: pberrang@fs.fed.us .

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy

announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:

http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexGS.asp

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

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

DUTIES:
Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Grows tree seedlings in containers in greenhouses and in field environment to include seed preparation, growing media and container preparation, fertilization irrigation, controlling pests, weeds and diseases and maintaining proper environment in greenhouses.

Establishes and Maintains orchards, clone banks and test plantations to include planting various stock types, maintaining grafts, controlling weeds and pests, pruning, and building and maintaining fences.

Collects samples from select trees for grafting and other purposes, collects, cleans and stores seed for later use. Performs pollination duties to control seed parentage.

Safely uses tractors of various sizes, including large farm tractors to mow weeds, plow and disc fields, build fences and plow snow.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-3: Six months of general work experience that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the occupation; one year of successfully completed education above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific technical courses such as agronomy, biology, forestry, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics; and/or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, or technical school, junior college, college or university. Examples of qualifying experience are: Maintained a garden by performing activities such as planting, weeding, hoeing or raking; followed specific instructions to perform daily activities; and/or cleaned gardening and landscaping equipment.

GS-4: Six months of general work experience and six months of specialized experience which provided the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled; associate's degree or two years of successfully completed education above high school that included 12 semester hours in any combination of couses such as those shown for4 GS-3. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled such as agronomy, botany, agriculture or forestry; and/or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, or technical school, junior college, college or university. Examples of qualifying general experience are: Maintained a garden by performing activities such as planting, weeding, hoeing or raking; followed specific instructions to perform daily activities and/or cleaned gardening and landscaping equipment. Examples of specialized experience are: cut grass with lawn tractors and other types of small equipment; started, transplanted and/or irrigated seedlings and/or maintained plantings; and/or used hand tools to clean and maintain lawn tractors and gardening equipment.

GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level; bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school with major study or at least 24 hours in any combination of courses shown for GS-3. At least 6 semester hours must have been directly related to the position to be filled such as agronomy, botany, agriculture or forestry; and/or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester hours} and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. E xamples of specialized experience are: Cut grass with lawn tractors and/or operated related kinds of heavy equipment; performed industrial plant growing activities, such as starting and or transplanting plants and/or performing maintenance such as irrigation, fertilization, and/or pesticide application; Perform tasks such as fence maintenance, data collection and/or records maintenance, seed collection and/or seed processing.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIREMENTS:
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=DA33F2FE-E463-4C12-94AA-A11E00E876DB

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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