Biological Science Technician; Colorado

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
Fort Collins, Colorado
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This position is with the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program located in Fort Collins, CO. This program aims to minimize damage caused by feral swine to agriculture, property, natural resources, and human health and safety. This position will be assisting with sample receiving, sample triage, data management, and report generation. Additionally, this position will support a consolidation effort of archived feral swine serum samples. 1. Serves as a member of the Wildlife Services, National Feral Swine Program engaged in operational control, research, and disease surveillance and management activities. Incumbent will provide technical support for program projects by assisting to acquire supply and equipment needs, data management, mapping, handling biological samples and conducting routine diagnostic work and other monitoring activities. 2. Incumbent may be required to assist with demonstrations and training for Wildlife Services employees, cooperators, or other interested groups. 3. Work with large data sets and checking entries to ensure results correctly match with animal identification numbers. 4. Learn general support for GIS functions. 5. Prepares and submits routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data collected. 6. Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, laboratory equipment, and other equipment or tools encountered in performance of duties. 7. Duties include manipulation of data using excel spreadsheets, sending and tracking shipments, and receiving and logging archive samples. Transfer of diagnostic information received from laboratories into the Data and Results Transmission (DART) system and periodic reporting when requested. 8. Conduct data entry and management, biological specimen collection and storage, reporting procedures, field responsibilities and other technical aspects of the program.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: • Resume (include days/months/years worked, work schedule, and grade level if federal) 1) Personal information such as name, address, contact information 2) Education 3) Detailed work experience related to this position as described in the announcement including  Work schedule,  Hours worked per week,  Dates of employment;  Title, series, grade (if applicable) 4) All supervisors' phone numbers and if they may be contacted 5) Other qualifications, such as transcripts (if qualifying on education) • Transcripts (if qualifying on education, education must have been obtained from an accredited institution. Education completed in a foreign institution must include an evaluation by an organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs that it was deemed equivalent to an accredited U.S. education program, see: Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.) • DD-214 (Member 4 copy), if applicable for Veteran’s Preference • VA letter required if claiming disabled Veteran’s Preference • Current active-duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. For the GS-4 Grade Level: Applicants must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-03 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: • Ability to maintain clean an orderly laboratory space, perform routine laboratory space and equipment maintenance. • Ability to perform routine laboratory and field support to ensure success of wildlife research protocols. • Experience making reagents, assisting with laboratory assays under minimal supervision and shipping and receiving of samples. • Ability to record relevant information on data sheets and maintain reports. Education Substitution at the GS-4 Grade Level: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be in wildlife. OR Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-4 Grade Level: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications may be referred to the hiring manager for selection. Qualified candidates eligible for veterans’ preference will receive referral and selection priority over non-veterans.
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