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Agricultural Science Research Technician with USDA-ARS in Urbana, Illinois

Type of position Permanent, full-time
Employer USDA-ARS
Location Urbana, Illinois
Salary $49,549 – $71,146 per year
Closing date of competition 7/1/2022
Date position available 6/17/2022
Description of duties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Urbana, Illinois, invites
applications for an Agricultural Science Research Technician (Plants) position GS-8/9
($49,549.00-$71,146.00 per annum). A technician is needed to assist the national collection of
soybean germplasm (announcement ARS-S22Y-11537140-SG). The ideal candidate has
experience planting, monitoring, and harvesting field grown row crop plant material. This is a
competitive, permanent appointment and U.S. citizenship is required. Vacancy announcement
and where to apply can be found on the USAJobs website:
https://www.usajobs.gov/job/660639600. Closing date for applications is July 1, 2022. The
USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

 

Duties

  • Collects, prepares, evaluates, and verifies samples and supporting records.
  • Independently initiates action to resolve or correct technical difficulties and results, or recommends resolution to supervisor.
  • Searches for literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse.
  • Tabulates, statistically analyzes, and summarizes field data using personal computers and software packages.
  • Adapts, modifies, or develops new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research collection.

 

Qualifications sought
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below:

GS-08
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: Qualifying experience for GS-08 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 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 or analyzing plant or soybean research samples; recording and analyzing scientific data related to plant or soybean research; performing routine scientific techniques involving plants; and using a variety of specialized equipment.
OR
Education: Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related to the position. Related degrees may include horticulture, agronomy, botany, plant breeding, plant pathology, or plant physiology.
OR
A combination
 of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.

GS-09
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: Qualifying experience for GS-09 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-08 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 contributing to the planning and development of procedures and experiment techniques related to plant or soybean research; collecting and analyzing plant or soybean research samples; and documenting data and developing scientific reports.
OR
Education:
 Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related to the position. Related degrees may include horticulture, agronomy, botany, plant breeding, plant pathology, or plant physiology.
OR
A combination
 of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.

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 workday) 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.

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.

 
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and transcripts; cover letter optional
Submit to Please apply at the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/660639600
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