This position is located within the Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Area, Cotton Structure and Quality Research Unit, in New Orleans, LA. In this position, you will operate and perform various textile machinery and processes for research involving the improvement of measurements of cotton fibers or properties for cotton quality.



In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: 07/17/2023. Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a, Textile Equipment Operator without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration. Physical Effort The work requires walking or standing from four to six hours per day and working in strenuous positions, such as crawling under machines, squatting, bending or from prone position while operating and adjusting the various machines. Additionally, it is also necessary to assist in the installation and removal of textile equipment weighing several thousand pounds and to move and/or convey 500 pound bale of cotton. Compressed air, hand trucks, chain falls, and other items are used for expeditious and safe handling of material and equipment. Working Conditions Work is performed in both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned areas with adequate lighting, and around equipment that have high speed moving parts driven with gears and belts. May be exposed to dust and cotton lint and the possibility of accidents while assisting in the movement of textile equipment and due to the operation of power-driven equipment and work around machinery. However, due to the proper observance of safety measures, the accident rate is kept to a minimum. The machinery and equipment are adequately equipped with appropriate safety devices.

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