Biological Science Technician - Pathways Recent Graduates
Department Of Agriculture - Washington, DC

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The Agricultural Research Service is seeking qualified recent graduates to perform technician duties as an Herb Garden Intern for the Gardens Unit with the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Driver's license required

DUTIES: As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will:
  • Assists the Herb Garden curator in the development and maintenance of the plant germplasm collection.
  • Performs general gardening tasks that provide proper environmental conditions for germplasm including watering, mowing, mulching and weeding.
  • Maintains proper greenhouse conditions including correct nutritional regimens and environmental variables.
  • Perform routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment.
  • Collect, prepare, evaluate, and verify samples and supporting records; maintain records and locate and compile data and other information from various sources.
  • Keep detailed records of experimental data and plant inventories.
  • Keep work-site in a neat and orderly manner.

Other Considerations:

The work schedule during growing season is Tuesday-Saturday.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Eligibility Requirements :

Applicants must be within 2 years of completion of program requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctoral or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree (or certification) was completed.

Basic Requirements :

GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal Service OR successful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathmatics. At least 6 semester hours must be directly related to the position (e.g. microbiology, botany, pest management, etc.).

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

1. Knowledge of the basic principles of horticulture or botany.

2. Knowledge of garden maintenance and development such as weeding, propagation, planting, watering and/or pest management.

3. Skill in the use of garden maintenance equipment such as a lawn mower, leaf blower, loppers, and pruners.

4. Ability to collect and summarize data using a personal computer and software packages.

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements.

BENEFITS: For an overview of benefits that may be offered to Federal employees, please visit: .

OTHER INFORMATION: Recent Graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. To be eligible for conversion, the Recent Graduate must:
  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • have successfully completed all requirements of the Program;
  • have demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program; and
  • meet the OPM qualification standard for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
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.

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).

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