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Biological Science Laboratory Technician

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This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Federal Full-Time, Temporary NTE 4 Months The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery." Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation May need to complete a Probationary Period Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Assists with scientific, programmatic, and data management, as required, including implementation of ForestGEO census protocol to measure woody stems.
Assists with the implementation of forest monitoring protocols at SERC, including seedling plots, extensive and intensive dendrometer band protocols, sapflow and experimental watering protocols, dead wood surveys and other investigations that might be required.
Identifies, properly tags, and assigns proper map locations of stems included in the census as well as assisting in the creation of an appropriate data collection format.
Assists with data management activities, including a quality assurance program for all work performed for the ForestGEO census.
Assists in the training of other technicians, interns, and volunteers and manage and organize daily field and laboratory activities.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The incumbent should be prepared for prolonged periods of physically active field sampling and some sedentary laboratory and office work. There will be periods of prolonged standing and walking over rough terrain. Incumbent should be experienced and able to operate motorized vehicles. These activities will require exposure to extremes of weather, prolonged heat and cold, wetness, stinging and biting insects, poisonous plants, and other similar hazards. Proper precaution should be taken to ensure safety against environmental hazards and exposure to the elements. The incumbent must be able to lift and carry loads weighing up to 50 lbs, and to operate hand tools. Travel to other time zones and habitats may be required.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment is both a typical office and laboratory setting and the field environment of the terrestrial settings of the Chesapeake Bay and other similar regions. Incumbent should be prepared to spend considerable time outdoors and should be prepared for exposure to conditions of extreme heat and cold, poisonous plants, stinging insects and inclement weather. Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
Knowledge of Forest Ecology to identify Eastern US tree species year-round.
Knowledge of the proper techniques associated with measuring tree diameter, and other generally-accepted monitoring methods.
Knowledge of ARC-GIS software, and its application in the ForestGEO census.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans'' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
To preview questions please click here. Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as completing field and laboratory tasks as they relate to forest ecology.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Or Edu cation: One full year of graduate level education in courses such as biology, dendrology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, general or plant ecology, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position.
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
You must apply for this position online through the ''Apply Online'' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; _ OR _ You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Your application package should include the following documents:
Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran''s Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing @ ; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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