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Old 02-10-2004, 11:42 PM
David Horvath
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Default USDA technician job announcement

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
Fargo, ND 58105

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


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

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.



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

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

- 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


- 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

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

- 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 [Only registered users see links. ]
and click on Policy on Payment of Relocation Expenses under General

- 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.


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 [Only registered users see links. ], 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: [Only registered users see links. ].

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.


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: [Only registered users see links. ] (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: [Only registered users see links. ]
DIAL-A-VACANCY: 301-504-1482
DC RELAY SERVICE: 202-855-1234 (TDD)
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