Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes as determined by agency policy
- Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation
- Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service)
- This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
Degree: botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany. OR
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Experience in seed anatomy, morphology and taxonomy
- Experience with plant reproduction and seed development
- Experience with seed quality components or significance of seed quality nationally and internationally
- Experience in curating seed collections and herbarium specimens
- Experience in using dissecting scopes to aid in seed identification
FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Experience with digital imaging systems to aid in seed identification and for cataloguing seed collections.
- Experience with databases for cataloging seed collections and interphasing them with the reference library.
- Experience with the equipment required for tetrazolium testing or internationally agreed methods for tetrazolium testing or conducting a tetrazolium test.
- Experience with requirements for a seed laboratory quality system or quality assurance for sampling. Examples include: purity analysis; determination of other seeds by numbers; germination test; tetrazolium test; moisture test; seed weight determination; seed vigour testing; seed analysis certificates; training tasks for analyst; or internal audit process and proficiency testing methodology.
Note: There is no education substitution for the GS-12/13 grade levels.
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Please see above for education qualification requirement information.
- Some seed samples are treated with pesticides and require specialized handling procedures and protective clothing and apparatus.
- This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
- 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 eligible 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.
- 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).
- This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Procedures on announcement number 6PQ-APHIS-MA-2018-0683 open to current competitive USDA federal employees and CTAP eligibles that may apply to both announcements to maximize opportunities for consideration since different referral criteria apply to each announcement type.
- Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
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 Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined on applicants' quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:
- Skill in identifying and taxonomy of plant pests and plant pathogens
- Ability to research, organize, and analyze data
- Knowledge of plant protection and quarantine regulatory principles and practices
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing and work productively in a team setting
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 and including removal from the Federal Service.
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