Physical Science Technician GS-1311-04/05

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This position is with the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory Great Lakes.  We are the largest DoD drug laboratory providing forensic testing for more than one million military personnel annually.  The lab is located in a brand new state-of-the-art facility along Lake Michigan on the Great Lakes Naval Station in northern Chicago. The position is with the lab's largest department, and the incumbent will be responsible for receiving, processing and storing specimens for testing in accordance with laboratory procedures.  This is a great entry level position with opportunity for advancement.  Join our team and support the DoD mission of drug deterrence and mission readiness!  Visit the following link to see all federal employee benefits: https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/

HOW TO APPLY:  In order to apply to this position you must visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/463504500 and follow the instructions under the How to Apply section of the job announcement.  Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, March 06, 2017. Applications received after Monday, March 06, 2017 may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. This is the only way you can be considered for the position.   We are unable to accept your application from the American Chemical Society (ACS) C&EN online job site.

OVERVIEW

The Physical Science Technician positions being filled from this register is with the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory Great Lakes, Illinois.

This announcement is issued to establish an inventory of eligibles for permanent positions and will be active for 1 month.  Applicant's eligibility may not be extended.  If a new inventory is needed after the expiration date, all applicants will need to reapply under the new announcement.  All positions are subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.

First cut-off date will occur on Monday, February 13, 2017.

Second cut-off date will occur on Monday, February 23, 2017.

This is a career ladder position. The incumbent in this position may be hired on at the GS-1311-04 with the full performance level of GS-1311-05 or at the full performance level of  GS-1311-05 . The incumbent hired on at the GS-1311-04 may be non-competitively promoted pending time in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the next higher/target level grade duties.

Duties

·  Inspects specimen boxes for damage and possible tampering and notes condition on custody documents

·  Accepts or rejects any specimens submitted for testing after careful examination and evaluation of urine specimen bottles, chain of custody documents and any additional material submitted.

·  Evaluates and verifies custody documents against the bottle label and assigns a unique laboratory accession number to each specimen.

·  Pours aliquots of each specimen for testing.  Upon completion of testing, stores specimens following forensic protocols.

·  Maintains elaborate and detailed custody documentation at all times to be used if necessary in a court of law.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Key Requirements

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

QUALIFICATIONS:

GENERAL EXPERIENCE GS-04: Applicants must have six months of general experience defined as (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

AND 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-04: In order to qualify for this position, your resume must demonstrate at least six months of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-03 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position such as:

·   Processing specimens for laboratory testing.

·   Verifying the chain of custody documents match the specimen labels (for completion and accuracy).

·   Ensuring specimens are properly labelled.

·   Checking for urine specimen contamination.

·    Assigning unique laboratory accessioning numbers for forensic testing.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-05: In order to qualify for this position, your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-04 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position such as:

·  Processing urine specimens for forensic drug testing by ensuring specimens are properly labelled.

·  Verifying the chain of custody documents match the specimen labels and that both are complete and accurate.

·  Assigning unique laboratory accessioning numbers to specimens for forensic testing.

·  Pours aliquots of presumptive positive specimens for confirmation.

·  Assisting with training of new employees for processing urine specimens.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may substitute the following education for the required experience, provided it demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position:

GS-04: Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school, that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.

GS-05: Applicants may substitute the following education for the required experience, provided it demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position:  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be combined to meet the total qualification requirements.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

Physical Science Technician Series, 1311

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/physical-science-technician-series-1311/

Technical and Medical Support Positions

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards  

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION CAN BE VIEWED AT https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/463504500