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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Lead Sample Processing Technician in Ames, Iowa

Summary As the Lead Sample Processing Technician you will responsible for receiving and processing diagnostic specimens submitted to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, coordination of animal testing for import/export, receiving and processing veterinary biological products submitted to the Center for Veterinary Biologics for testing, and ensuring the accuracy of the database from which serials are selected for testing and released to the market. Responsibilities The duties may include, but are not limited to: Performs pre-screening and initial assessment to mitigate interruptions in operations as a result of contaminates, explosive, or incendiary devices received in order to maintain safety of personnel. Insert Major Duty/Responsibility Here Inspects all submissions and the accompanying paperwork for agreement and accuracy in identification and labeling. Identifies and corrects inaccuracies. Identifies type of sample received, determines testing required and sample priority then assigns to proper laboratory section for testing. Determines billing status of submission and assigns the appropriate billing code. Delivers samples to the appropriate testing, storage, or shipment location as necessary. Enters and maintains submission information into various databases. Reports testing results to the appropriate personnel as needed. Creates and maintains appropriate logs of sample status and sample tracking in accordance with Quality Management standards. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. TIME-IN-GRADE: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. FOR THE GS-7 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-6 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Working in a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Monitoring, controlling, or maintaining the quality of products or services in quality assurance and related areas. Identifying, classifying, processing, storage and destruction of hazardous waste such as; formaldehyde, live viruses, mercury or thimerosal. Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level. 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. Education This position does not have an education qualification requirement. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or RPL eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.