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This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Area, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory with one vacancy in Charleston, South Carolina.Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
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:
At the GS-06:
Qualifying experience for GS-06 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-05 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 evaluating plant or insect samples in a laboratory, field or greenhouse environment; recording or analyzing scientific data; and operating or maintaining standard scientific equipment or performing scientific techniques.
Education: Successful completion of one full year of study leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related. Related degrees may include Plant Science, Entomology or a similar biological degree with a focus on agriculture, horticulture, ecology, environmental science, genetics, plants or crops.
A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above. For example 6 months of specialized experience combined with 9 credit hours of relevant graduate level coursework.
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.
The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring running, walking, or bending. In many situations the duration of the activity (such as most of a work day) 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.
The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working with hazardous or irritant chemicals or working outdoors. The employee is required to use protective clothing such as gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves.