USDA technician job announcement

David Horvath horvathd at fargo.ars.usda.gov
Tue Feb 10 14:55:21 EST 2004


Just an additional note about the location.  Yes it does get rather 
cold here, but Fargo is an excellent place to raise a family. The 
schools are primarily neighborhood type and very good, there are 
three hospitals in town so helathcare is excellent, and there is 
virtually no significant crime or gand activity.

Dave Horvath
USDA/ARS/RRVARC
Fargo, ND 58105
701-239-1255


Announcement Type:  ALL SOURCES/ALTERNATIVE MERIT PROMOTION
Position Title: Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)
Series/Grade: GS-0404-5/6/7
Promotion Potential: GS-9
Salary: GS-5, $26,195 - $34,052 per annum
           GS-6,  $29,198 - $37,957 per annum
           GS-7,  $32,447 - $42,177 per annum
Type of Appointment: Permanent Full-Time
Location of Position: USDA, ARS, NPA
                              Plant Science Research
                              Fargo, North Dakota
Announcement Number: ARS-X4W-146
Opening Date: February 16, 2004
Closing Date: March 08, 2004
Area of Consideration: All U. S. Citizens

APPLICATIONS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED FROM USDA SURPLUS AND FEDERAL 
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES IN THE COMMUTING AREA.

DUTIES: Incumbent actively participates to support a research program 
to investigate molecular mechanisms involved in regulating dormancy, 
growth and development in plants.  Specifically, the incumbent 
participates in planning and conducting experiments on the study of 
bud dormancy in perennial weeds such as leafy spurge.  Standard 
molecular techniques are used to identify genes and signals 
regulating bud dormancy and growth.  Incumbent participates as a team 
member with the scientist in most phases of the research, including 
the development or adaptation of new techniques, maintenance of 
laboratory equipment and supplies, preparation of solution and 
reagents, maintenance and harvesting of plants from greenhouse or 
growth chamber.  Incumbent keeps exact records of experimental data, 
compiles and analyzes the data using personal computer and software 
packages.

QUALIFICATIONS: GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to 
the GS-4 level in the Federal service OR successful completion of a 
full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a 
major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of 
courses such a biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, botany, 
physics, agriculture or mathematics.  At least 6 semester hours must 
be in plant science.
GS-6: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level 
in the Federal service OR 6 months of graduate education directly 
related to the duties of the position.
GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level 
in the Federal service OR 1 year of directly related graduate 
education.  Specialized experience is that which has equipped the 
applicant with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: (1) 
Knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of molecular 
biology.  (2) Ability to collect, interpret and summarize data.  (3) 
Knowledge of plant science.  (4) Skill in aseptic techniques for 
culturing bacteria and plants.

YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE WILL BE EVALUATED AGAINST THE 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs) AS OUTLINED UNDER SPECIALIZED 
EXPERIENCE.  A SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED UNDER 
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ENSURE ADEQUATE 
CONSIDERATION IN THE EVALUATION PROCESS.




APPLICATION INFORMATION

HOW TO APPLY:  Send a resume, Curriculum vitae, Optional Application 
for Federal Employment (OF-612), or SF-171, to the Contact address 
listed below.  The following information is required to evaluate 
applicant qualifications and to determine  if applicants meet legal 
requirements for Federal employment:

- Announcement number, title, and grade(s) for the position

- Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening 
phone numbers (with area code)

- Social security number

- Identify country of citizenship (U.S. citizenship is required)

- Veterans' Preference (If applicable--see "Veterans' Preference" 
below for required forms and documentation)

- Highest Federal civilian grade held (if applicable)

- Current Federal employees must submit their most recent performance 
appraisal.

- Current Federal employees and reinstatement eligibles should submit 
an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify competitive 
eligibility.

- Highest education level achieved.  Specify:
   -- Name, city, state, zip code (if known)
   -- Date or expected date (month/year) of completion of degree requirements
   -- Type of degree received
   -- Graduates of foreign universities must include proof of foreign 
education equivalency to an accredited U.S. college/university

- Copy of college transcripts or list of college courses (if required 
under QUALIFICATIONS or if applicable to the position).

- Paid and nonpaid work experience related to the position.  For each 
work experience include:
   -- Job title
   -- Series/grade (if Federal employment)
   -- Duties and accomplishments
   -- Employer's name and address
   -- Supervisor's name and address
   -- Starting and ending dates
   -- Hours per week
   -- Salary
   -- Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

- Job-related:
   -- Training courses (title and year)
   -- Skills (e.g., other languages, typing speed, computer 
software/hardware, tools, etc.)
   -- Certificates/licenses (current)
   -- Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- All status candidates who wish to be considered under both 
alternative merit promotion and non-status competitive examining must 
submit two (2) complete applications.  When only one (1) application 
is received, it will be considered under the alternative merit 
promotion procedures if the applicant is a current or former Federal 
employee with reinstatement eligibility.

- Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent of 
their experience, education, and accomplishments.  This may include 
factors such as number of credits in directly related subjects, grade 
point average, relatedness of work experience, and any other evidence 
of ability to do the work of the position.  For current and former 
Federal employees, the performance evaluation may also be taken into 
consideration.  Please be sure that your application or resume 
contains all of the information we need to determine if you are well 
qualified.

- This position is being filled in accordance with the Alternative 
Merit Promotion system.  All merit promotion principles remain in 
effect.

- Relocation Expenses: Payment of relocation expenses will be 
determined in accordance with P&P 412.5 Recruitment and Retention 
Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, which may be 
found at www.afm.ars.usda.gov/divisions/hrd/hrdhomepage/empopp.htm 
and click on Policy on Payment of Relocation Expenses under General 
Information.

- USDA surplus/Federal displaced employees must submit documentary 
evidence of eligibility.  Well qualified surplus and displaced 
employees within the local commuting area will receive selection 
priority as provided by OPM regulations.  Well-qualified means the 
applicant meets the basic qualification and eligibility requirements 
and all selective placement factors; is rated above minimally 
qualified against the knowledge, skills, and abilities or quality 
criteria; and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the 
position upon entry.  Applicants must submit the following:
   -- a copy of their RIF Separation Notice (for displaced employees) 
OR Certification of Expected Separation or other documentation 
identifying you as surplus;
   -- evidence of full performance level of current position;
   -- a copy of their most recent performance appraisal; and
   -- a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel 
Action, to verify reassignment eligibility.

- Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have 
registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) 
to be eligible for a Federal job.

- Financial Disclosure.  Federal employees are subject to 
prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in 
which they have a financial 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.
      [ X]	may be required to submit a financial disclosure report.

- If applications do not contain all of the requested information, 
applicants may lose consideration for the job.

- If applicants make a false statement in any part of their 
application, they may not be hired; may be fired after they begin 
work; or may be fined or jailed.

- Applicants will not be notified of the status of their application 
until a final selection has been made.

- Applications submitted via Government envelopes will not be accepted.

- APPLICATIONS MUST BE
   [X]  POSTMARKED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT
   [ ]  RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.


SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES:  If you meet the basic eligibility 
requirements and you are eligible for a noncompetitive appointment (a 
list of who may be eligible for noncompetitive appointments can be 
found at www.usajobs.opm.gov/a1.htm, please indicate the type of 
special appointment you are seeking on your application and follow 
all other instructions in this announcement.  If you do not indicate 
the type of special appointment you are seeking, you will be 
considered under competitive procedures.  If you wish to be 
considered under both noncompetitive and competitive procedures, 
please submit two (2) complete applications.


VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  If applicants served on active duty in the 
United States military and were separated under honorable conditions, 
they may be eligible for veterans' preference.  To claim 5-point 
veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214, 
Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof 
of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, attach an 
SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference, plus the 
documentation required by that form.  For further details, call the 
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at 912-757-3000.  Select 
"Federal Employment Topics" and then "Veterans."  Or, dial OPM's 
electronic bulletin board at 912-757-3100 or visit their VetGuide web 
site: www.opm.gov/employ/html/vetguide.htm.

EEO STATEMENT:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits 
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of 
race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, 
political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. 
(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with 
disabilities who require alternative means for communication of 
program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should 
contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600(voice or TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office 
of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence 
Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice 
or TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to 
applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a 
reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring 
process or have questions/concerns regarding reasonable accommodation 
and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring 
process, please contact Sue Dixon, ARS, Civil Rights Staff, 
202-690-0372 or DC Relay Service: 202-855-1234 (TDD).  The decision 
on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

CONTACT:

For a copy of this vacancy announcement and/or applications forms, 
call 301-504-1482.

For specific questions regarding this vacancy only, call:

Location contact: Eileen Aipperspach (701 ) 239-1204

Name and phone number of Human Resources Servicing Specialist
Sharon E. Wilson (301) 504-1567
Submit applications to:

USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Human Resources Division
ATTN.: Western Services Branch ( ARS-X4W-0146)
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-5106

FAX applications to: 301-504-1535
E-MAIL applications to: scirecruit at ars.usda.gov (If submitting 
applications via E-mail, be sure to mail or fax other required 
documentation such as college transcripts, SF-50, most recent 
performance appraisal, and/or DD-214/SF-15 separately and include the 
vacancy announcement number of the position.)

For employment information and current job opportunities:

INTERNET ADDRESS: www.ars.usda.gov
DIAL-A-VACANCY: 301-504-1482
DC RELAY SERVICE: 202-855-1234 (TDD)
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