Job Responsibilities : Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal)
Salary : $53,433 – $69,462 a year
Company : US Geological Survey
Location : Remote US
Educational requirements : Graduate
Work Environment: The senior technician utilizes abrasive and potentially hazardous chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting and is required to use personal protective equipment such as scrubs, safety glasses, coveralls, boots, exam gloves, and respirators. The technician uses equipment that has the potential to cause heat-related injuries (such as an autoclave, cage washer, and incinerator). Work is often done in an isolated area where contact with other employees is limited.
Conditions of Employment
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
- Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
- More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
- Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
- A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
- Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-9 level:One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level.
Examples of GS-9 level experience could include: 1. Manage detailed and accurate records and checklists that document husbandry practices to comply with regulatory requirements. 2. Worked in an Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL2) or higher-level containment facility for at least 1 year. 3. Manage staff training, schedules and duties of animal husbandry and research staff. 4. Develop budgets, manage accounts and inventories; assess and track charges. 5. Coordinate animal research projects with scientists to ensure protocols effectively align resources, staff and schedules. 6. Develop, assess and improve husbandry practices for research animals, wildlife, or zoo
**OR applicants may substitute successful completion of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a master’s degree or possession of a master’s degree in the biological sciences or other field of study directly related to the work of this position for the required 1 year of specialized experience if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of this position.
**OR applicants may substitute a combination of appropriate specialized experience (as described above) and appropriate graduate level education (as described above) that is beyond the first 1 1/2 years of progressive graduate study to meet the qualification requirements.
- 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.