Biological Science Technician
Department Of Agriculture - Fort Pierce, FL

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This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months (may be extended up to a total of 2 years and 11 months without further competition).

The position is located in the Subtropical Insects Research Unit in Fort Pierce, Florida. The incumbent will perform a variety of complex technical duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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

You must possess a valid driver's license DUTIES:
Major Duties:
Actively participates in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of complex technical duties, in a laboratory, field or greenhouse such as counting insects, preparing insect diets and assisting with lab bioassays. Prepares insect diets using an autoclave for sterilization, and standard techniques for working under sterile conditions in a laminar flow hood. Uses standard pipettes and balances to reliably calculate doses and rates of reagents. Uses a gas chromatograph, lyophilizer (freeze-drier) and various light microscopes. May use a scanning electron microscope and have some involvement with the use of an electroantennogram. Independently initiates action to resolve or correct technical difficulties and results, or recommends resolution to supervisor. Maintains inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, etc.; prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposes of waste material (both chemical and biological). Operates motor vehicles to move within groves and drive to experiment sites.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:
During the growing season (April - November), some long days in the field are required in hot and humid conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-07 : One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level OR successful completion of one year of graduate level education directly related to the position (i.e. entomology and/or citriculture).

GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level OR successful completion of 1 1/2 years of graduate level education directly related to the position (i.e. entomology and/or citriculture).

GS-09 : One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level OR successful completion of 2 years of graduate level education leading to a Master’s Degree directly related to the position (i.e. entomology and/or citriculture). Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1. Knowledge of the principles of biological science related to entomology and/or citriculture.

2. Skill in the use of laboratory equipment such as pipettes, balances, gas chromatograph, lyophilizer (freeze-drier), various light microscopes, an autoclave, and/or electroantennogram.
3. Ability to collect and summarize data using a personal computer and software packages.

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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