Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Biological Science Laboratory Technician in Phoenix, Arizona
Summary The incumbent serves as Biological Science Laboratory Technician at a laboratory or work unit within Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science and Technology (PPQ S&T) and is responsible for carrying out complex task, analyses, evaluations, studies, and diagnostics using a variety of sophisticated technologies in support of scientific studies. Responsibilities The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to: Applying the principles of entomology with regards to regulatory/phytosanitary science. Applying the principles of biological control to manage insect pests. Using sampling methods to identify insect species and life stages, quantify abundance, distribution, and insect-related damage assessments used in biological control and integrated pest management. Using taxonomic keys and working with Orthoptera. Collecting, data quality control, and electronically storing data on insect life stages and life history traits. Data collection for research studies, statistical analysis, data summary statistics, and reporting Establishing experimental field plots, and study sites in natural ecosystems. Field work in natural ecosystems for extended periods of time 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. FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 grade level) that demonstrates: Experience in applying the principles of entomology with regards to regulatory/phytosanitary science, including - the principles of biological control to manage insect pests. Experience in using sampling methods to identify insect species and life stages, quantify abundance, distribution, and insect-related damage assessments used in biological control and integrated pest management. Experience using taxonomic keys and working with Orthoptera. Experience in collecting, data quality control, and electronically storing data on insect life stages and life history traits. Experience with data collection devices, such as GPS and weather recording instruments that demonstrate knowledge of data collection methods used in research studies, statistical analysis, data summary statistics, and reporting. Experience with field work in natural ecosystems for extended periods of time that include establishing experimental field plots, and study sites in natural ecosystems. OR Successful completion of 18 semester hours of graduate level education or internship in biology, chemistry, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, or agriculture, or in a field directly related to the position, may be substituted for the specialized experience at the GS-7 level. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. TRANSCRIPTS are required if: This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. You are qualifying for the position based on education. You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-07 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. 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. First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected. . Promotion Potential: 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.