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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: 11
* 1.I qualify for the GS-11 level because:
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 in Federal Service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position.
  2. I have 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the occupation. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of course work which may be qualifying for this position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate education or higher and specialized experience as described on the vacancy announcement.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.From the following list of tasks, select all that describe your experience and/or training in designing written interpretative and educational materials.
  1. I have designed the layout and written the text for announcements and posters promoting special events, educational, or interpretive programs.
  2. I have designed the layout and written the text for informational brochures about natural and cultural subject matter for public use. (taxonomic keys, plant identification cards).
  3. I have designed and written interpretive brochures for the general public that reveal the background stories and the hidden meaning of natural and cultural resources. (Example: I designed the layout and wrote the text for an interpretive brochure titled “Reading Between the Ruts - The Story Behind the Oregon Trail” that was distributed in a park visitor center.)
  4. I have designed the layout and wrote the text for interpretive or educational exhibits about natural or cultural resources that were viewed by the general public. (Example: I created an interpretive exhibit about tide pool stewardship for a campus Earth Day event.)
  5. I have designed the layout and written text for student workbooks or worksheets that accompany an educational program for elementary-aged students. (Example: I designed and wrote text for student logbook used to record and interpret data that was collected by 8th grade students as part of marine science education program.)
  6. I have designed the layout and written the text for teacher guides that accompany an educational program for elementary classroom teachers.
  7. I have designed and created other media and props used in educational programs, interpretive programs, or theatrical presentations (worksheets, charts, maps, etc.)
  8. None of the above.


* 3.I have experience developing and coordinating exhibit and interpretive plans, and creating and writing site-appropriate interpretive plans.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Identify the grants and agreements work you have performed as part of a job:
  1. Formulate and issue cooperative agreements with the primary purpose of providing "public support or stimulation" rather than to acquire goods or services for the "direct benefit or use" of the Government.
  2. Formulate and issue grants and provide administrative oversight of the work effort ensuring the funds are spent for their intended purpose.
  3. Implement and evaluate cooperative and challenge cost share agreements ensuring proper funding and compliance with federal regulations and agency requirements.
  4. Perform detailed cost price analysis on competitive and non-competitive agreements.
  5. Negotiate tasks and modifications for changes in price using the basic agreement.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge of Federal budget, procurement and performance reporting systems
  1. I have extensive experience in working with these systems.
  2. I have a working knowledge of these systems, but have limited experience in using them.
  3. I am not familiar with these systems.


* 6.Select the statement that best describes your experience as a Facilities Manager.
  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 the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.From the following list of tasks, select all that describe your training and/or experience in developing and presenting interpretive programs that facilitate emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the meanings inherent in natural and cultural resources.
  1. I have presented accurate, informative talks and presentations about natural and cultural resources. (Example: I led a bird identification walk.)
  2. I have presented thematic interpretive programs about natural or cultural resources. (Example: I have presented an interpretive program, which was developed by others, during which participants discovered that the social behavior of some coastal birds is very similar to social behaviors of coastal humans.)
  3. I have developed and presented thematic interpretive programs about natural or cultural resources.
  4. I have experience and/or training enabling me to provide informal interpretative services that enhance understanding and appreciation of cultural or natural resources by park visitors. (Examples: I answered questions and provided general information about tide pools to visitors while roving at Salt Creek County Park. Provided visitor information at wilderness information station.)
  5. I have experience and/or training in developing and presenting formal thematic interpretive programs that were regularly scheduled, advertised, and conducted for the general public about natural or cultural resources. (e.g. Led daily interpretive forest walks at Jedediah Smith State Park.)
  6. I have experience and/or training in developing and presenting interpretative demonstrations of historic cultural skills for the general public. (playing historical instruments, telling cultural stories, historical gardening skills, candle making, using historical woodworking tools)
  7. I have experience and/or training in developing and presenting costumed interpretative programs, theatrical presentations, or musical presentations for general public audiences. (Examples: I participated in costumed living history reenactments and costumed tours of historic buildings. I performed Appalachian music on dulcimer in community event.)
  8. I have experience and/or training in developing and presenting thematic interpretive campfire programs for general public audiences.
  9. I have experience and/or training enabling me to assist in instructing interpretive theory and delivery techniques as published and recognized by a national professional interpretive organization or agency (National Association of Interpretation, National Park Service Interpretive Competencies) to volunteers and seasonal staff. (Example: As part of my internship I assisted in instructing a workshop about “Themes, Goals, and Objectives” for volunteer staff of an art museum.)
  10. I have experience or training enabling me to work on a multi-agency team of interpretive service providers to coordinate, schedule, advertise, and present interpretive programs for the general public. (Example: As an interpreter at a non-profit history museum I presented interpretive campfire programs at local state parks and I demonstrated historic farming tools at special events including the state fair.)
  11. I have presented interpretive programs to large audiences (more than 50 people).
  12. I have presented interpretive programs to moderately sized audiences (greater than 10, but less than 50 people).
  13. I have presented interpretive programs to small groups (less than 10 people).
  14. None of the above.


* 8.Select the statement that describes your experience and/or knowledge of 19th century American history related to the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express National Historic Trails gained through formal education or self-study.
  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 the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select all of the statements from below that best describe your supervisory responsibilities and experience:
  1. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities and skill levels.
  2. I have established measurable performance goals for subordinates.
  3. I have evaluated work performance of subordinates and have counseled them.
  4. I have initiated formal performance improvement plans.
  5. I have made final selection decisions for permanent positions.
  6. I have realigned staff assignments to accommodate work or workload changes.
  7. I have heard and have resolved complaints and grievances from employees and groups of employees.
  8. I have effected minor disciplinary measures and proposed major disciplinary actions.
  9. I have initiated awards and have approved training requests for subordinate employees including budgetary requirements
  10. I have limited supervisory experience.
  11. None of the above.


* 10.Identify the responsibilities for training/leading a volunteer and/or paid workforce that you have performed on the job:
  1. Recruit docents/volunteers to staff an interpretive center.
  2. Provide training to volunteers or paid staff on work assignments.
  3. Arrange work schedules for staff.
  4. Track work assignments of staff and make needed adjustments.
  5. Make recommendations to supervisor concerning performance issues.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.From the following list of interpretive principles and delivery techniques, select all of the workshop topics for which you could provide instruction to a group of seasonal or volunteer staff members.
  1. Tilden's Principles of Interpretation.
  2. Using "tangibles" to interpret "intangibles".
  3. Interpretive themes, goals, and objectives.
  4. Questioning strategies.
  5. Visitor service standards.
  6. Formal Interpretive Presentation Techniques.
  7. Informal Interpretive Techniques (roving interpretation, providing interpretation at the information desk).
  8. Drama and/or theatrical skills.
  9. None of the above.


* 12.Select the statement that describes your experience administering and overseeing interpretive contracts.
  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 the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.I have experience researching and fabricating exhibits with historic or prehistoric artifacts for a museum or interpretive center.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select the statements that best describe your Ability to Lead People defined as follows: Inspires, motivates, guides others towards goals; coaches, mentors, challenges staff; adapts leadership styles to various situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity trust, openness, and respect for individuals by applying these values daily.
  1. Provides leadership to accomplish the goals for an organization by guiding and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of internal and external customers and stakeholder groups.
  2. Assesses the needs and develops the potential opportunities for subordinate staff; providing the staff opportunities to present their accomplishments; and promoting quality through effective use of the organization?s performance management system.
  3. Fosters environments where organizations culturally diverse employees work toward achieving organizational goals.
  4. Achieves voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapts leadership style to different situations.
  5. None of the above.