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Agricultural Research Service Biological Science Laboratory Technician in Madison, Wisconsin

Summary This position is located within United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Field Organization, Midwest Area (Peoria, IL), Vegetable Crops Research Unit in Madison, WI. The incumbent assists in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties and performs routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment. Responsibilities Collects, prepares, evaluates, and verifies samples and supporting records. Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, 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 equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures. Tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers 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-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, maintaining, and measuring plant samples in a field, laboratory, or a greenhouse environment; recording and compiling research results and data; and maintaining and modifying laboratory equipment. OR Education: One full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related. Related degrees may include Plant Science, Botany, Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Plant Genetics, Plant Breeding or other similar degrees provided that the coursework places an emphasis on plants. OR An appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as stated above. GS-7: 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 developing research techniques or procedures for collecting, maintaining, and measuring plant samples in a field, laboratory, or a greenhouse environment; compiling, preparing and verifying research data and supporting records; and maintaining and modifying laboratory equipment. OR Education: One full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related. Related degrees may include Plant Science, Botany, Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Plant Genetics, Plant Breeding or other similar degrees provided that the coursework places an emphasis on plants. OR A combination of graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the work of the position as stated 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. 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. 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. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit Agreement

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