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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 one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience.
  2. I have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctors degree or 3 years of graduate education leading to such a degree in a directly related field. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I have an equivalent combination of the education and specialized experience described above. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.When faced with tight deadlines, changing priorities and conflicting responsibility, which of the following best describes your work style.
  1. I thrive with the challenge. I am at my best when working under pressure.
  2. I adapt well to changing needs. I re-prioritize workloads and coordinate with others to get the work done.
  3. I work best in a structured environment although I can adapt to emergency situations on occasion.
  4. I do not adapt well to conflicting situations and priorities. I like to know what is expected of me at all times.
  5. I have not had experience working in an office with this type of structure.


* 3.Select the statement that best describes your experience, education and training in archeology or in a directly related professional field:
  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. I am considered an expert in this field; or I have trained others working in this field or am normally an individual who is consulted by other professionals to assist them in this field because of my experience.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your experience in working with multiple disciplines such as wildlife, cultural resources, recreation, range management, or minerals in the interdisciplinary natural resource planning process?
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education, training, or experience in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in accomplishing 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 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. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Indicate your level of experience in leading a restoration program in a multiple use environment, where restoration must be complementary with uses such as energy development and grazing.
  1. I have led a restoration program in a multiple use environment, balancing responsible development with restoration and conservation.
  2. I have not led a program, but have been involved with a restoration program in a multiple use environment, balancing responsible development with restoration and conservation.
  3. I have led a restoration program where the organization focus has been on conservation and restoration.
  4. I have not led a program, but have been involved with a restoration program where the organization focus has been on conservation and restoration.
  5. I have not been involved in restoration projects.


Grade: 12
* 1.I qualify for the GS-12 level because: I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.When faced with tight deadlines, changing priorities and conflicting responsibility, which of the following best describes your work style.
  1. I thrive with the challenge. I am at my best when working under pressure.
  2. I adapt well to changing needs. I re-prioritize workloads and coordinate with others to get the work done.
  3. I work best in a structured environment although I can adapt to emergency situations on occasion.
  4. I do not adapt well to conflicting situations and priorities. I like to know what is expected of me at all times.
  5. I have not had experience working in an office with this type of structure.


* 3.Select the statement that best describes your experience, education and training in archeology or in a directly related professional field:
  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. I am considered an expert in this field; or I have trained others working in this field or am normally an individual who is consulted by other professionals to assist them in this field because of my experience.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your experience in working with multiple disciplines such as wildlife, cultural resources, recreation, range management, or minerals in the interdisciplinary natural resource planning process?
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education, training, or experience in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have used professional knowledge in accomplishing 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 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. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Indicate your level of experience in leading a restoration program in a multiple use environment, where restoration must be complementary with uses such as energy development and grazing.
  1. I have led a restoration program in a multiple use environment, balancing responsible development with restoration and conservation.
  2. I have not led a program, but have been involved with a restoration program in a multiple use environment, balancing responsible development with restoration and conservation.
  3. I have led a restoration program where the organization focus has been on conservation and restoration.
  4. I have not led a program, but have been involved with a restoration program where the organization focus has been on conservation and restoration.
  5. I have not been involved in restoration projects.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select all the statements from below that best describe your experience working as a supervisor, team lead, project manager or reviewing the work of others.
  1. I provide general standing instructions on recurring assignments by indicating what is to be done, applicable policies, procedures and methods to follow, data and information required, quality and quantity of work expected, priority of assignments, and deadlines.
  2. I establish qualitative and quantitative measures for the performance and outcomes of the unit.
  3. I provide specific instructions for new, difficult, or special assignments including suggested procedures, sources of information including the location and type of written material that may be used as an aid in completing the assignment.
  4. I review the work of others for missing or incompatible information.
  5. I assure that finished work and methods used are technically accurate and in compliance with established instructions, methods, procedures, and deadlines.
  6. I assign work with standing instructions on objectives, priorities, and deadlines and provided guidance for unusually involved situations.
  7. I evaluate completed work for overall technical soundness and conformance to agency policies, legal, or system requirements.
  8. I assess the level of customer service provided by my organization.
  9. I provide training to other employees or provide assistance to others who need help with assignments not specifically covered by general instructions or regulations.
  10. None of the above.


* 2.Select each of the statements that apply regarding your experience with project management.
  1. Identify project goals through communication with customers.
  2. Develop product specifications/requirements, and methods and estimate costs.
  3. Plan and execute project work, coordinating with all affected/associated parties.
  4. Report on project progression and completion.
  5. Resolve conflicts and problems related to planning and execution of projects.
  6. Monitor activities to assure that projects are implemented and desired outcomes are achieved.
  7. Serve as project lead or coordinator of a team.
  8. Other.
  9. None of the above.


* 3.Identify the following tasks you have performed in communicating and interacting with others.
  1. Serve as a technical liaison between various government agencies, Indian Tribal Governments, contractors, and external customers.
  2. Communicate planning and NEPA activities and procedures to customers such as special interest groups, other officials, Indian tribes, and the general public.
  3. Present briefings at workshops and public meeting.
  4. Use leadership and negotiation techniques when working with a variety of officials and groups of people with diverse backgrounds and differing views on resource management policies and approaches to multiple-use planning on public lands.
  5. Provide technical reports to audiences with different levels of understanding.
  6. Maintain close contact with other professional groups to advance the interests of public land planning and environmental activities.
  7. Serve as a spokesperson at meetings on public land planning, environmental, or inventory coordination, concepts or problems.
  8. Provide planning and NEPA program oversight to interdisciplinary teams in implementation of public land use plans.
  9. Other.
  10. None of the above.


* 4.Select the statements that best describe your Ability to Build Coalitions/Communication defined as follows: Persuades others; develops networks and coalitions; gains cooperation from others to obtain and share information and accomplish goals; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions; builds consensus through give and take.
  1. Uses persuasion to change the decision, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level management, congressional staff, internal and external customers, and stakeholders, including local unions.
  2. Brings opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a wide range of office activities, or the public
  3. Collaborates with key individuals (e.g., higher-level managers, congressional staff, and union officials) to implement a new controversial program or initiative; represents the organization and its policies as chair of intra- or inter- office committees to build consensus.
  4. Represents the organization in negotiations with key managers, congressional staff and/or union officials; negotiates with other groups within the organization to obtain resources and/or services; negotiates with internal and external groups to facilitate programs or partnerships.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.I have experience providing technical information to the general public or co-workers in the following manner(s):
  1. To individuals on a one-on-one basis
  2. To small groups of less than 20
  3. To groups of more than 20
  4. At conferences or informal meetings
  5. In a training session
  6. None of the above


* 6.Please check each of the following that describes your experience in developing mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects to historic properties.
  1. I have developed detailed site recording and in-field artifact analyses.
  2. I have experience using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.
  3. I have performed archival and historic research.
  4. I have developed and implemented a research design for data recovery.
  5. I have overseen Historic American Building Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) recordation.
  6. I have carried out ethnographic research and/or oral history.
  7. I have evaluated affected historic properties and developed treatment plans to mitigate adverse effects.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.I have experience in determining the significance of cultural resources in the following geographical area(s) of the United States:
  1. Eastern United States
  2. Rocky Mountains
  3. Southwest
  4. Intermountain West
  5. Pacific West
  6. Great Plains
  7. Great Basin
  8. None of the above


* 8.Indicate the following regulations, programs, policies or topics you have interpreted and/or applied on the job:
  1. Federal Land & Policy Management Act (FLPMA)
  2. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  3. Mineral Leasing Act (MLA)
  4. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  5. Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  6. Court decisions related to natural resource planning and environmental analysis.


* 9.Indicate the following policies, regulations, guidelines or statutes you have used in association with public land management.
  1. Migratory Bird Treaty
  2. BLM Policy for Special Status Species
  3. Endangered Species Act
  4. BLM Water Rights Policy
  5. Standards and Guidelines for Rangeland Health
  6. Minerals Management including 3809 Regulations
  7. Applicable Policies, Statues or Guideline for Recreation Management
  8. Livestock Grazing Regulations
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select all the statements which best describe your ability to give oral presentations.
  1. I have provided briefings to all levels of management on a wide variety of subjects and topics of interest.
  2. I have provided presentations or oral reports to co-workers, supervisors, groups or management.
  3. I have experience as part of a team giving individual presentations and/or oral reports to supervisors, groups or management.
  4. I have provided information over the phone to government and non-government personnel.
  5. I have training in how to conduct oral and written presentations and/or reports.
  6. None of the above


* 11.Select all of the following areas where you have had experience in writing or preparing documents
  1. General correspondence in draft format
  2. General correspondence in final format
  3. Information Bulletins
  4. Information Memorandums
  5. Reports in draft format
  6. Reports in final format
  7. Editing documents for technical correctness
  8. Editing documents for correct use of grammar
  9. I have prepared field notes and inspection reports.
  10. I have drafted technical reports, written correspondence or memoranda.
  11. I have prepared written findings for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation.
  12. I have taken formal training in written communication but have limited experience in writing.
  13. I have no formal experience or education in person to person communication or writing skills.