Agricultural Science Research Technician

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 19, 2017
Closes
Sep 19, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, located in Beltsville, MD.

The mission of the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory is to determine principles and practices integral to the development of sustainable agricultural systems. Multi-disciplinary research investigates agro-ecological processes underlying the functioning of sustainable systems. The incumbent will expand these investigations through the use of microplots in a long-term cropping systems trial.

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period.


    •  Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license as a condition of employment

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

    At the GS-6:

    Qualifying experience for GS-6 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-5 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience collecting soil, plant, and gas samples in field plot research projects focused on organic and conventional crop rotations; performing analysis of collected samples; and working in computerized systems for recording, compiling and reporting research results.

    OR

    Education: successful completion of at least one full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters’ or equivalent graduate degree, related degrees include Agronomy, Crop Science, and Soil Science.

    OR

    A combination of education and experience as described above.

    At the GS-07 level

    Qualifying experience for GS-7 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-6 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience collecting soil, plant, and gas samples in field plot research projects focused on organic and conventional crop rotations; performing analysis of collected samples; working in computerized systems for recording, compiling and reporting research results; and conducting statistical analyses using modern statistical analysis programs.

    OR

    Education: successful completion of at least one full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters’ or equivalent graduate degree, related degrees include Agronomy, Crop Science, and Soil Science.

    OR

    A combination of education and experience as described above.


    Special Working Conditions or Other Job Requirements:

    Must possess a valid driver’s license.

    Must have the ability to lift 50lbs and work outside during variable weather conditions.

    More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    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.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    Biology 
    Research 
    Manages and Organizes Information

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    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://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=9EDAC66B-D34C-481E-A078-A7C300AE9CDE

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