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Bitterroot Range, Montana
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 09
* 1.I meet the basic requirement for Wildlife Biologist because:
  1. I have a bachelor`s degree in wildlife biology or a related field that included 9 semester hours in mammology, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management or wildlife research courses AND 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as vertebrate/invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, AND 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological science (at least 30 semester hours) with 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology and 9 semester hours in botany as described above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 2.I qualify for the GS-09 level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND I have one year of professional experience equivalent to GS-07 in the Federal service. At this level assignments are more difficult and complex than those performed at GS-5. Work requires application of expanded professional knowledge. Examples: plan and conduct wildlife field inventories & monitoring studies, interpret data and assist in preparing wildlife management plans; preparing reports; recommend habitat management practices.
  2. I do not have the experience above, however, I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 2 years of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in wildlife biology or directly related field. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not fully meet the experience or education requirements described above, but I do meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of professional experience and second year graduate level education for a total of 1 year. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not have the experience or education (or combination) described above.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in applying the principles and concepts of wildlife management to multiple-use management?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work


* 4.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using species inventory protocols, inventory field forms and shared databases, and wildlife habitat assessment procedures to determine population and carrying capacities; assess biological diversity and landscape health; and determine habitat capability for a wide variety of animal species and ecological sites?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 5.Please select the one answer that best describes your experience in applying the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1976, as amended.
  1. I interpret and apply legislative requirements of the Endangered Species Act, and Federal/State Agreements concerning sensitive species for the purpose of species` conservation and minimizing the need to list those species under ESA in the future
  2. I interpret and apply legislative requirements of the Endangered Species Act to develop strategies for special status species, including threatened and endangered species, protection, mitigation, and conservation/recovery programs. This includes completing required consultation with Fish & Wildlife Service under ESA
  3. I use my knowledge of the legislative requirements of the Endangered Species Act of 1976 to provide information/data to natural resource specialists / professionals
  4. None of the above


6.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in applying wildlife ecology, wildlife population management, and special status species conservation strategies to develop and implement community-based ecosystem partnership plans and public land health standards?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training analyzing avian, amphibian, and reptilian biological data utilizing the principles, theories, and practices of wetland management (including knowledge of irrigation techniques) to maximize the quality and health of wetland habitats and achieve habitat management plan goals.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your computer skills sufficient to retrieve, analyze and manipulate data in plant/wildlife databases, as well as to produce reports with graphics, maps and spreadsheets.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task and/or I am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following best describes your oral communication abilities and experience?
  1. I have regularly met with various levels of top management, senior staff, and members of industry or professional organizations. I have also been successful in negotiating compromises, and obtained adoption of technical views and methods where conflicts existed.
  2. I have regularly interacted with co-workers, and coordinated with Federal and non-Federal organizations to accomplish my work. I have also conducted seminars, training, and presentations for colleagues to relay new processes and techniques or project status.
  3. I have regularly interacted with co-workers and other Federal employees within the more immediate organization regarding the issues and timeliness of the services provided.
  4. I have regularly relayed information to co-workers and other employees within the organization.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.I qualify for the GS-11 level because:
  1. I meet the basic requirement AND I have one year of professional wildlife biologist experience equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal service. Work is moderately difficult and requires considerable additional professional training. Examples: prepare wildlife portions of environmental assessments, analyze surface use proposals on Threatened & Endangered Species, plan & conduct wildlife field inventories & monitoring studies, interpret data & prepare wildlife management plans.
  2. I do not meet the experience above, however, I meet the basic requirement AND I have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology or a directly related field. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I meet the basic requirement AND I have a combination of professional experience and third year graduate level education for a total of 1 year. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not have the specialized experience or education (or combination) described above.


* 2.I meet the basic requirement for Wildlife Biologist because:
  1. I have a bachelor`s degree in wildlife biology or a related field that included 9 semester hours in mammology, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management or wildlife research courses AND 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as vertebrate/invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, AND 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological science (at least 30 semester hours) with 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology and 9 semester hours in botany as described above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in applying the principles and concepts of wildlife management to multiple-use management?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work


* 4.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using species inventory protocols, inventory field forms and shared databases, and wildlife habitat assessment procedures to determine population and carrying capacities; assess biological diversity and landscape health; and determine habitat capability for a wide variety of animal species and ecological sites?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 5.Please select the one answer that best describes your experience in applying the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1976, as amended.
  1. I interpret and apply legislative requirements of the Endangered Species Act, and Federal/State Agreements concerning sensitive species for the purpose of species` conservation and minimizing the need to list those species under ESA in the future
  2. I interpret and apply legislative requirements of the Endangered Species Act to develop strategies for special status species, including threatened and endangered species, protection, mitigation, and conservation/recovery programs. This includes completing required consultation with Fish & Wildlife Service under ESA
  3. I use my knowledge of the legislative requirements of the Endangered Species Act of 1976 to provide information/data to natural resource specialists / professionals
  4. None of the above


6.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in applying wildlife ecology, wildlife population management, and special status species conservation strategies to develop and implement community-based ecosystem partnership plans and public land health standards?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this task on the job. My work in this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training analyzing avian, amphibian, and reptilian biological data utilizing the principles, theories, and practices of wetland management (including knowledge of irrigation techniques) to maximize the quality and health of wetland habitats and achieve habitat management plan goals.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in this field on the job. My work in this field was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and I have trained others in performance of this work and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your computer skills sufficient to retrieve, analyze and manipulate data in plant/wildlife databases, as well as to produce reports with graphics, maps and spreadsheets.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task and/or I am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following best describes your oral communication abilities and experience?
  1. I have regularly met with various levels of top management, senior staff, and members of industry or professional organizations. I have also been successful in negotiating compromises, and obtained adoption of technical views and methods where conflicts existed.
  2. I have regularly interacted with co-workers, and coordinated with Federal and non-Federal organizations to accomplish my work. I have also conducted seminars, training, and presentations for colleagues to relay new processes and techniques or project status.
  3. I have regularly interacted with co-workers and other Federal employees within the more immediate organization regarding the issues and timeliness of the services provided.
  4. I have regularly relayed information to co-workers and other employees within the organization.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.If you are, or ever were, a Federal civilian employee, please indicate pay plan of the highest graded position you held:
  1. GS
  2. WG
  3. WL
  4. WS
  5. WB
  6. Other
  7. Not applicable


* 2.If you are, or were, a Federal employee who held a permanent position in the competitive service, select the highest full performance level of that position:
  1. 2
  2. 3
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6
  6. 7
  7. 8
  8. 9
  9. 10
  10. 11
  11. 12
  12. 13
  13. 14
  14. 15
  15. Not applicable


* 3.I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, human resource specialists, and other authorized employees or representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for some other sources of information, a separate specific release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Identify the following tasks you perform that demonstrate your experience in wildlife management.
  1. Population dynamics - I work with wildlife populations and the life history of a species to make recommendations to ensure that healthy, viable populations are maintained
  2. Habitat management - I identify, classify and assess wildlife habitats by type, quality, and quantity and make recommendations for appropriate wildlife species
  3. Habitat improvement - I identify, develop, and design habitat improvement projects including follow up monitoring to determine the project`s effectiveness
  4. Biodiversity - I assess the diversity of plant, animal and aquatic species to determine actual and potential diversity of species on a site area, or region and make recommendations to regain or maintain appropriate biodiversity
  5. Ecosystem management - I evaluate the interrelationships among plants, animals and their associated natural environment and make recommendations for improving conditions on a site, area, or region.
  6. None of the above


* 5.Check each of the following regulations you use to (a) administer a wildlife and threatened and endangered species program and (b) improve wildlife habitat resources on public lands.
  1. National Environmental Policy Act
  2. Endangered Species Act
  3. Federal Land Policy and Management Act
  4. State Laws/Regulations
  5. Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  6. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
  7. The Northwest Forest Plan
  8. O&C Act
  9. BLM Resource Management Plans or US Forest Service Forest Plans or similar documents
  10. None of the above


* 6.From the following list, select all that apply regarding your experience preparing and reviewing biological assessments and consulting under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
  1. I have reviewed project level biological assessments prepared by agency biologists or contractors.
  2. I have prepared and reviewed project level biological assessments involving one or more listed T&E species, and initiated and completed consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  3. I have reviewed land use plan level biological assessments prepared by agency biologists or contractors.
  4. I have prepared and/or overseen and reviewed land use plan level biological assessments involving one or more listed T&E species and initiated and completed consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  5. I have prepared and/or overseen and reviewed programmatic biological assessments for multiple land use plans and multiple listed T&E species with designated critical habitat including biological assessments prepared by contractors, coordinated with field biologists and managers and contractor to complete assessments, and formally consulted with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.The following resource program activities or land use plans typically require wildlife analysis in environmental assessments or environmental impact statements. Please select each of the areas where you have experience preparing wildlife portions of NEPA documents.
  1. Livestock grazing
  2. Forestry
  3. Mining
  4. Rangeland Improvement Projects
  5. Recreation Management
  6. Prescribed Fire
  7. Rights-of-Way
  8. Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects
  9. Watershed Improvement Projects
  10. Land Use Plans/Resource Management Plans
  11. Energy Development
  12. None of the above


* 8.Identify the following tasks you perform that demonstrate your experience in providing leadership, coordination and administration of activities dealing with wildlife management:
  1. I administer wildlife program activities within the scope and authorities of the state wildlife agency and other federal agencies` responsibilities relative to wildlife/special status species and habitat management on public lands
  2. I develop wildlife habitat improvement projects in support of land use plans, wildlife management plans, and threatened and endangered species conservation strategies/recovery plans.
  3. I perform interdisciplinary habitat monitoring, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation techniques to measure progress in achieving wildlife program goals and objectives in a field office or similar environment.
  4. I prepare and/or review land use / resource management plans to ensure (a) objectives are achieved and (b) consistency with applicable laws, policies and regulations.
  5. I develop policies and guidelines to assist staff in carrying out wildlife damage management responsibilities and compliance with National Environmental Policy Act
  6. I manage a watchable wildlife program, which involves ensuring that viewing sites are established on public lands and viewing guide publications are available to the public.
  7. None of the above


* 9.Select all of the statements below that describe the interpersonal communication skills that you routinely apply at work:
  1. Explain technical issues to a variety of individuals from within and outside of your agency or organization.
  2. Establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other organizations.
  3. Provide advice, guidance or direction to staff on regulations and procedures.
  4. Clarify requirements, exchange routine information and obtain missing information.
  5. Negotiate issues among parties with differing interests to gain agreement on changes affecting the program or work product.
  6. Resolve conflicts by persuading others to accept new conditions, procedures or techniques.
  7. Interact in situations where shifts in priorities, work assignments, or deadlines occur frequently due to delays or unexpected events.
  8. None of the above.