Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal) GS-5T6
Department of Veterans Affairs - Portland, OR

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VacancyID:
833377

The

Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans

.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are

I

ntegrity,

C

ommitment,

A

dvocacy,

R

espect and

E

xcellence (“

I CARE

”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to

http://www.va.gov/jobs/

.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
NOTE

: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed (13 months). Term appointments are non-status, non- permanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.

This position is located in the Department of Research and Development, Medical Research/Veterinary Medical Unit, at the VA Medical Center/VAMC in Portland, OR.

This position will be working at the GS-5 grade level in order to gain experience and establish a career ladder developmental position which would allow progression for the promotion at the full performance level from the target GS-6 grade level. This GS-5 position is distinguished from the target GS-6 position primarily in the complexity of the assignments and the nature of supervisory control. You will receive instruction when new and unusual assignments are received. Your completed work will be reviewed for technical accuracy, soundness of judgment and adherence to established policy. While performing at this grade level it is expected that you will perform the major functions of the position at the full performance level but with significant oversight. The major duties and responsibilities of this position are similar to those described below but with less than the full range and they include:

  • Provide animal care and maintenance such as feeding, cleaning, and caring for all
laboratory animals in assigned rooms.

  • Monitor the general health of animals.
  • Order and receive animals from approved vendors.
  • Administer analgesics as necessary.
  • Euthanize animals as necessary.
  • Keep detailed accurate records of genetic selective breeding projects, including
mating records, records of birth and weaning.

  • Maintain equipment, rooms and supplies in association for the Assessment and
Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care/AAALAC inspection readiness at all times.

  • Monitor environmental conditions in animal rooms.
  • Operate all Animal Facility equipment in the appropriate manner.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Possess one (1) year of specialized experience (equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service) gained while performing research activity or performing contol program work, and also includes providing animal care and maintenance such as feeding, cleaning, and caring for all laboratory animals in assigned rooms, monitoring the general health of animals, order and receive animals from approved vendors; administer analgesics as necessary, and euthanize animals as necessary; keep detailed accurate records of genetic selective breeding projects, including mating records, records of birth and weaning; maintain equipment, rooms and supplies in Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care/AAALAC inspection readiness at all times; monitor environmental conditions in animal rooms; operate all Animal Facility equipment in the appropriate manner.

OR

Possess the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 60 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those related to the sciences needed to perform the work of this Biological Science Laboratory Technician position ( i.e. chemistry, biology, sttaistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, or mathematics).(TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

Possess equivalent combination of education and specialized experience (as described above) directly related to the work of the Biological Science Laboratory Technician position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • ABILITY TO PROVIDE ANIMAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE
  • ABILITY TO DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF FACILTIY OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT
  • ABILITY TO MAINTAIN ACCURATE RECORDS
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is a combination of sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping and lifting. You may be required to stand for long periods of time and may be required to lift weights of up to 60 lbs. for short periods of time.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this

checklist

to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "

SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

," (go to

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp

.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to

http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp

). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this

checklist

or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service

at: 3710 SW US VETERANS

PORTLAND, OR 97239-2999

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the

VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

(ICTAP) and

Career Transition Assistance Plan

(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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