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Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Science Research Technician in Ames, Iowa

Summary

This position is located within United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Field Organization, Midwest Area (Peoria, IL), Plant Introduction Research Unit in Ames, IA. The incumbent assists in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment, and performs routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment.

Responsibilities

Collects, prepares, evaluates, and verifies plant or seed samples and supporting records.

Maintains inventory of chemicals, supplies, and equipment for use in the laboratory, field or greenhouse facility, and safely disposes of waste material (both chemical and biological).

Maintains records and locates and compiles data and other information from various sources.

Keeps detailed records of experimental data.

Maintains, calibrates and modifies field and laboratory equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.

Tabulates and summarizes data using personal computers, relational databases, and software packages.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: GS-5:

Qualifying experience for GS-05 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-04 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 assisting with agricultural experiments related to plants or seeds; operating equipment used for plant or seed propagation; and collecting and summarizing data using computers and word processing software. OR Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study above the high school level leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as chemistry, statistics, biology, plant science, agronomy, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related. Related degrees or courses may include agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology or plant sciences. OR A combination of education and specialized experience. GS-6:

Qualifying experience for GS-06 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-05 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 assisting with agricultural experiments related to plants or seeds; making observations related to the plant status or growth and development; operating equipment used for plant or seed propagation; and collecting and summarizing data using computers, word processing software, or relational databases. OR Education: Successful completion of one full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related. Related degrees or courses may include agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, or plant sciences. OR A combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described above. 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. 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. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking or bending. In many situations the duration of the activity (such as most of a work day) contributes to the arduous nature of the job. In other situations, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination. Work Environment: The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working with contagious diseases or irritant chemicals or working outdoors. The employee is required to use protective clothing such as gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves.

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