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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: 12
* 1.I qualify for the GS-12 because:
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal service, responsible for planning, implementing, and/or administering a natural resource program in a public lands environment.
  2. I do not have the specialized experience described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.ECQ 2 LEADING PEOPLE Select all of the statements below that best describe your ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals.
  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 promotion potential opportunities for subordinate staffs; motivates employees by sharing credit for successful accomplishments (e.g. giving them opportunities to present their work); and recognizing employees through effective use of the organization's performance management and awards systems.
  3. Serves as formal and informal mentor for staff; gives employees latitude to plan and perform work; maintains open communication.
  4. Fosters culturally diverse work organizations to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  5. Achieves voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapts leadership style to different work situations.
  6. None of the above.


* 2.ECQ 3 RESULTS-DRIVEN Select all of the statements below that best describe your ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
  1. On own, develops ideas, programs, etc. that have an impact on a wide range of activities within the organization.
  2. On own, identifies opportunities to develop services within or outside the organization taking risks to pursue a benefit, advantage or savings for the organization.
  3. Anticipates and identifies potential or actual problems relating to the achievement of program goals and provides corrective actions and/or develops contingency plans.
  4. Develops leadership and professional skills by participating in professional, management or community activities, or serving on multi-functional committees.
  5. Takes initiative to organize the workload, balancing the interests and needs of clients and readjusting/adapting the workload and priorities to unforeseen demands and emergencies.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Indicate your level of proficiency as it relates to budget processes such as Budget Planning Submission (BPS), Annual Work Plan (AWP), Preliminary Target Allocations (PTA), and Management Information System (MIS).
  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.


* 4.Select all the statements that best describe your experience using Annual Work Plans or similar budget processes to prepare and monitor a program budget.
  1. I routinely prepare and monitor a program budget, including tracking expenditures and accomplishments.
  2. I routinely use an automated budget system to prepare and monitor a program budget.
  3. I routinely prepare documents associated with a program budget, including at least two of the following: budget directives, annual operating reports, stewardship reports, Public Land Statistic reports, program performance reports.
  4. I routinely identify out-year budget needs and strategic program priorities for a program.
  5. I routinely coordinate a program budget with other program budgets to develop integrated priorities and capture cost efficiencies.
  6. I routinely use my budget and program knowledge to evaluate and compare the cost effectiveness of program activities implemented.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select the statement that best describes your role in the budget process:
  1. I have experience with all phases of a Budget Development and Execution Process.
  2. I provide annual budget requirements for an organizational program. I am responsible for tracking expenditures throughout the year and provide reports as required.
  3. I develop the annual budget for an organization or program in collaboration with program leads.
  4. I provide input to organizational budgets on a project basis. I estimate project cost, track expenditures, and provide final expenditure reports as required.
  5. I request funds at the time expenditures are made.
  6. I have little input in the budget process.
  7. I have no experience with the budget process.


* 6.Indicate your level of experience in comparing actions against land use planning decisions for consistency:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. This task has been as 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.


* 7.Select all of the following program areas where you have technical knowledge:
  1. Energy - Minerals
  2. Wildlife and Fisheries
  3. Forestry
  4. Fire & Fuels Management and Suppression
  5. Aviation
  6. Realty and Land Conveyance
  7. Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping
  8. Engineering
  9. Information Technology
  10. Administration (Support Service, HR/EEO, Budget, Safety and Acquisition)
  11. Natural Resources
  12. Public Affairs/Communications
  13. Range Management
  14. None of the above.


* 8.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.


* 9.Select the statement that best describes your experience applying ecosystem based management in a rangeland environment which meets the ecological, economic and social requirements necessary to achieve healthy and sustainable natural systems.
  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 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.


* 10.Indicate the statement that best describes your experience with protest, appeals and litigation associated with NEPA documents.
  1. I have independently handled protest, appeals and litigation process with Solicitors.
  2. I have experience in handling protest, appeals and litigation process.
  3. I have assisted with handling protest, appeals and litigation process.
  4. None of the above


* 11.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.


* 12.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.


* 13.Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate orally.
  1. I have significant experience speaking to large groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising top management about topics that are controversial in nature or significant mission or program changes.
  2. I have significant experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers about topics that affect changes in programs and/or policy.
  3. I have experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers one-on-one about topics that affect changes in work schedules and/or processes.
  4. I have some experience verbally advising supervisors and managers one-on-one about topics that affect changes in work schedules and/or processes.
  5. I have no knowledge or experience with this type of work.


* 14.Select all the statements that best describe your writing experience.
  1. I prepare analytical reports and briefing papers for use by Directors/Managers of an organization.
  2. I have independently researched, synthesized and interpreted published and unpublished documents that contain technical information, professional opinions, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, and/or tables and used the findings to author topical reports, directives, or guidelines for both technical specialists and the lay public.
  3. I have contributed as primary author to one or more major sections or chapters of peer reviewed technical books, reports, plans, or published articles.
  4. I have instructed others on how to compose a written argument to justify requests for funding, strategic action, and a decision to be made.
  5. I have composed memorandums, reports, letters, and the like according to standardized requirements which were accepted without major modifications.
  6. I have regularly written substantive standard operating procedures for program users.
  7. I have regularly written internal documentation for the record in support of proposals, decisions or actions taken.
  8. I have not regularly written much in the way of formal correspondence, operating procedures, and documentation.
  9. I have composed memorandums, reports, letters, etc., for a supervisor which required extensive subject content revisions.


* 15.Select the statement that best describes your experience identifying issues, resolving conflicts, and negotiating solutions.
  1. I have worked with the Department level, agency level, state and local levels of government identifying issues, resolving conflicts, and negotiating solutions.
  2. I have worked with agency, state and local levels of government identifying issues, resolving conflicts, and negotiating solutions.
  3. I have worked with state and local levels of government identifying issues, resolving conflicts and negotiating solutions.
  4. None of the above.


* 16.Select all of the following areas in which you have leadership responsibilities in Natural Resources Management.
  1. Cultural
  2. Fire and/or Fuels Mgmt
  3. Fisheries
  4. Fluid Minerals
  5. Forestry
  6. Hazardous Materials
  7. Land Use Planning
  8. Livestock Grazing
  9. Rangeland Management
  10. Recreation
  11. Realty & Land Conveyance
  12. Renewable Energy Resources
  13. Soils
  14. Solid Minerals
  15. Subsistence for Hunting & Fishing
  16. Threatened and Endangered Species
  17. Vegetation and Weed Management
  18. Watershed
  19. Wild Horse and Burro
  20. Wildlife
  21. Wilderness and/or Wild & Scenic Rivers
  22. None of the Above


* 17.Indicate the statement that best describes your experience interpreting and applying federal regulations, including the Code of Federal Regulations.
  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.