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Biological Science Technician (Soils)

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Department Of Agriculture Sweet Home , OR 97386

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is assigned a variety of moderately complex and recurring technical duties, individually or as a crew member or leader, in support of soil resources.

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Independently, or as a crew leader, performs a variety of routine and moderately complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to the soil resource. Assignments support field projects and program planning activities.

Evaluates soil physical and chemical conditions in the field based on established protocols. Conducts routine laboratory procedures in the processing of soil samples.

Organizes and tracks field data and equipment. Drafts data summaries, and ensures quality control of entered data. Provides leadership to subordinate crew members and may assist with the development of soil survey mapping.

Assists in layout of field experiments, pilot projects, and specific soils projects. Assists in determining validity of survey or evaluation techniques.

Suggests improvements of methods and techniques. Compiles and summarizes data obtained from biological surveys.

Assists with fire suppression activities when needed.

Is fully responsible for compliance with safety rules and regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0404 Biological Science Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


No Additional Requirements


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.

Specialized experience is defined as: Participated in soil related projects using established methods, techniques, and procedures. Identified and used basic principles of soil resources to assess readings and measurements taken, tests executed, observations made, work completed, samples collected, etc. to understand and relate the significance of the results to the resource program objective.

Participated in field work projects related to soil resources such as the processes, methods and techniques associated with work in soil resources to resolve the full range of irregular or problem situations when performing a wide variety of either highly interrelated tasks or nonstandard assignments. Applying skill to use a variety of field instruments and equipment to collect soil resource data and information that can be used for further analysis.

GS-06 there is no substitution of education for this position.

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.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


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Biological Science Technician (Soils)

Expired Job

Department Of Agriculture