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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 meet the basic requirement AND I have 1 year of experience equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal Service as an ecologist or in a related field. At this level, difficult & responsible work is performed under general supervision. Work requires a thorough & fundamental knowledge of a special & complex subject matter of the profession involved. Examples: analysis of biological components & processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical & social relationships.
  2. I have 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in ecology or a related field.
  3. I have a combination of experience and education described above.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.Indicate your level of proficiency as an ecologist in assessing biological functions including soil, riparian, and hydrological processes of desert environments:
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have had 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 professional work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed the work 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) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 3.Select all of the following ecological parameters that you have examined as part of your job:
  1. Water infiltration
  2. Soil erosion
  3. Water quality
  4. Biological soil crust
  5. Riparian functioning
  6. Vegetation structure and function
  7. None of the above


* 4.Please select the one answer that best describes your level of experience as it relates to your application of biological monitoring methods for soil and soil crusts.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have had 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 professional work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed the work 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) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 5.Please select the one answer that best describes your level of experience as it relates to your application of biological monitoring methods for riparian areas and hydrological functions.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have had 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 professional work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed the work 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) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 6.Please select the one answer that best describes your level of experience as it relates to the construction of monitoring programs related to biological processes.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have had 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 professional work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed the work 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) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 7.I have experience in collection and development of native plant materials and management of native plants in the Western United States.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Indicate your level of experience and/or training in rangeland and forest inventory and analysis.
  1. I have extensive experience in conducting rangeland and forest inventory and analysis.
  2. I have limited experience in conducting rangeland and forest inventory and analysis.
  3. I have received training in conducting rangeland and forest inventory and analysis.
  4. I have no training or experience in conducting forest inventory and analysis.


* 9.Please select the one answer that best describes your level of experience as it relates to your application of biological fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate species monitoring methods for riparian areas and hydrological functions to determine water quality and aquatic ecosystem functioning.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have had 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 professional work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed the work 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) other professionals have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 10.Select each of the following that describes your experience in rangeland monitoring.
  1. I have conducted/participated in an upland health assessment
  2. I have conducted/participated in a riparian health assessment
  3. I have conducted riparian monitoring and/or inventory
  4. I have conducted/completed upland trend monitoring studies, such as Daubenmire or Frequency studies
  5. None of the above


* 11.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience, education, or training in GPS software and hardware for data collection, integration, and processing.
  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. 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.


* 12.Select all of the statements that best describe your experience in providing program leadership, management, and coordination:
  1. I have experience preparing policies, standards and procedures.
  2. I have experience coordinating budget development, monitoring and reporting.
  3. I have experience analyzing and evaluating data to identify trends, characteristics and deficiencies and making recommendations based on my analysis.
  4. I have experience coordinating and interacting with other agencies, State government(s) and numerous local community groups.
  5. I have experience preparing long range management plans, including evaluating and implementing program changes.
  6. I have experience providing advice to managers to resolve recurring or complex issues.
  7. I have experience training others in all aspects of the program.
  8. I have experience in analyzing and resolving conflicts in program objectives and/or critical work issues in controversial situations requiring complex negotiations.
  9. None of the above.


* 13.Select the one answer that reflects your level of ability as it relates to the construction and maintenance of databases of all types of ecological information/data.
  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 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.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing, adapting and applying research methods and analysis techniques in order to critically analyze problems involving fire, resource and ecosystem related issues.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. 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.


* 15.Indicate your level of experience as it relates to your application of professional and scientific rangeland ecosystem management principles, practices, theories and techniques in order to assess resources for proper rangeland health.
  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.


* 16.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in coordinating with other resource disciplines such as wildlife, cultural, minerals, recreation, forestry, fire management, etc. in completing planning and environmental documents.
  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.


* 17.Which of the following best describes your experience in coordinating your work with special resources/program areas such as range, wildlife, and recreation?
  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 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.


* 18.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and skills related to vegetation treatment projects.
  1. I have no knowledge in design and implementation of vegetation improvement project(s).
  2. I have knowledge of vegetation improvements, but have not designed or implemented a vegetation improvement project(s).
  3. I have assisted with the design and implementation of vegetation improvement project(s).
  4. I have designed and implemented vegetation improvement projects as a regular part of the job, independently and normally without higher level review.


* 19.Identify the specialized work related to land use planning and environmental analysis that you have performed on the job.
  1. Interpret, planning and NEPA laws, regulations, policies, and guidance for specific land and resource management programs and projects.
  2. Analyze methods and provide guidance to management for planning and environmental processes on public lands.
  3. Assist in the development of implementation strategies for planning and NEPA decisions related to public land management.
  4. Resolve protests or appeals related to public land uses or natural resource management projects.
  5. Coordinate identification of inventory and data collection needed to conduct natural resource management planning and NEPA decision-making efforts.
  6. Coordinate natural resource assessment activities to determine resource conditions in advance of planning and decision making for public land use.
  7. Coordinate land or environmental monitoring activities to assure that land use decisions are being implemented and desired effects are being achieved.
  8. Review and evaluate land use planning documents for meeting regulatory requirements and recommend changes to comply with directives and guidance.
  9. Identify, develop, and implement strategies for natural resource planning systems and NEPA decisions.
  10. None of the above


* 20.Select all of the different desktop applications that you have experience using:
  1. Word Processing
  2. Spreadsheets
  3. Project Management Software; e.g., MS-Project
  4. Presentation Software; e.g., MS-Power Point
  5. Database Record Systems
  6. Rangeland Administration System (RAS)
  7. Rangeland Improvement Project System (RIPS)
  8. Geographic Information System (GIS)
  9. Global Position System (GPS)
  10. Management Information System
  11. Query and Ad hoc Reporting; e.g., Hyperion/Brio
  12. Budget Planning System (BPS)
  13. None of the above


* 21.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.


* 22.Indicate your level of experience as it pertains to the interpersonal communication skills that you routinely apply at work. Select all that apply.
  1. Participate in one-on-one interactions with co-workers to accomplish work-related duties.
  2. Explain technical issues to a variety of individuals from within or outside of your agency or organization.
  3. Establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other organizations.
  4. Provide direction, explanation, guidance or information to others to clarify regulations or procedures.
  5. Handle complaints or problems; propose new procedures or functionality; work well with a variety of people.
  6. None of the above.


* 23.I provide 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 training sessions
  6. I have completed a course in public speaking.
  7. None of the above.


* 24.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills please select the statements that represent your strongest skills.
  1. Explain technical issues to a variety of individual 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. Bring opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish goals that affect a wide range of activities across multiple organizations or agencies.
  9. Defend proposals or recommendations by persuading others of the benefits and priority needs that will be met.
  10. Collaborate with key individuals (e.g., higher-level managers, union officials, leadership of partner organizations) to implement a new controversial program or initiative.
  11. Chair intra- or inter-office committees to build consensus.
  12. None of the above.


* 25.Select one or more of the statements that describes your writing experience.
  1. I write or supervise the writing of branch, division, or agency level policy statements, responses to congressional inquiries, and operational guidance.
  2. I prepare or supervise the preparation of technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables for management presentations.
  3. I prepare or supervise the preparation of memorandums, reports, letters, etc., on behalf of the organization
  4. I draft branch policy, procedures, memorandums, reports, letters, etc., for a supervisor.
  5. I have little or no experience in this area


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections and understand that failure to submit any required documents may result in my being found not qualified.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.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