Physical Science Technician
Physical science technicians at the Department of the Interior assist scientists in the collection, preparation, and analysis of data.
This position is represented at the following bureaus
The ideal candidate is someone with skill in finding, organizing, and summarizing information. They should be able to get along well with others in a team setting.
Work may be performed in a variety of settings, including office, field, and laboratory.
Minimum Education Requirements
Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Technical and Medical Support Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.
Career Level Requirements
Responsibilities by Level
- Calibrates or installs technical equipment
- Prepares samples for analyses
- Prepares tables, maps, plots, or other data displays
- Gathers technical data, statistics, or maps from external sources
- Assists scientists on field phases of data collection or field observation projects
- Conducts measurements of physical properties of samples
- Uses geographic information system (GIS) techniques to archive or graphically present data
- Assists in preparing manuscripts
- Participates in the design, testing, calibration, and installation of instrumentation systems
- Advises others on instrumentation installation to ensure reliability of measurements
- Trains other technicians on field, laboratory, or office tasks
- Performs reconnaissance of structure, utilizing plans, drawings, and site visits
- Modifies instrumentation systems to meet program or project specifications
- Prepares reports on test results
Strengths by Level
AccountabilityHolds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Attention to DetailIs thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
ComplianceKnowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Creative ThinkingUses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
FlexibilityIs open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Information ManagementIdentifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information or information management systems.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Interpersonal SkillsTreats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Oral CommunicationExpresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Organizational AwarenessKnows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Problem SolvingIdentifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
ReasoningIdentifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
TeamworkEncourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
Technical CompetenceUses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.Show Tool TipEntry 1-5Mid 6-7Journey 8-9Senior 10-13
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