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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: 07
* 1.I qualify for the GS-7 level because:
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service, as a range technician or in a directly related position. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of qualifying specialized experience.
  2. I have one year of graduate level college education in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.
  3. I have an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and education. For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience as defined in the vacancy announcement and I have 9 semester hours of appropriate graduate study in the areas described above.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.Indicate your level of experience as it relates to allotment compliance inspections to determine authorized/unauthorized use.
  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.


* 3.Select the statement that best describe your experience associated with allotment management plans or grazing systems:
  1. I have no knowledge associated with allotment management plans or grazing systems.
  2. I have knowledge of allotment management plans or grazing systems, but have not designed or implemented allotment management plans or grazing systems.
  3. I have assisted with the design and implementation of allotment management plans or grazing systems.
  4. I have designed and implemented allotment management plans or grazing systems as a regular part of the job, independently and normally without higher level review.


* 4.I have performed the following rangeland administration tasks:
  1. I have assisted with or have processed grazing applications.
  2. I have assisted with or have processed livestock crossing permit applications.
  3. I have assisted with or have processed grazing permits/leases.
  4. I have assisted with or have processed grazing bills.
  5. I have assisted with or have processed grazing transfers.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.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


Grade: 08
* 1.I qualify for the GS-8 because:
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience to qualify for this positions.
  2. I have completed 1 1/2 years (27 semester hours) of GRADUATE level college education directly related to this position in a field that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of qualifying education to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcripts.
  3. I have an equivalent combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement. For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the required specialized experience) and I have 14 semester hours of graduate study (50% of the graduate study). I will provide a copy of my college transcripts.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 2.Indicate your level of proficiency as it relates to your application of professional rangeland management principles, concepts, theories and techniques.
  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. I am considered an expert in this field; or I have supervised 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.


* 3.Select the statement that best describes your experience conducting allotment compliance inspections to ensure grazing practices are within the terms and conditions of the grazing permit.
  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.Check each of the following that describes your experience in rangeland monitoring.
  1. I have conducted an upland health assessment.
  2. I have conducted an ecological site inventory.
  3. I have conducted photo plot monitoring.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Indicate your level of proficiency as it relates to your use of an automated Rangeland Administration System (RAS).
  1. I have not had training or experience with an automated RAS.
  2. I have had training and experience in an automated RAS, but use it only occasionally in my work.
  3. I have used an automated RAS as a regular part of my job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or more experienced employee.
  4. I am considered an expert in the use of an automated RAS and am consulted by other RAS users for assistance with their work.


* 2.Indicate your level of proficiency as it relates to your use of an automated Rangeland Improvement Project System (RIPS).
  1. I have not had training or experience with an automated RIPS.
  2. I have had training and experience in RIPS, but use it only occasionally in my work.
  3. I have used RIPS as a regular part of my job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or more experienced employee.
  4. I am considered an expert in the use of RIPS and am consulted by other RIPS users for assistance with their work.


* 3.Identify the rangeland monitoring and inventory work you have been responsible for on the job:
  1. Conduct range studies such as condition and trend, utilization, actual use, climatological and other studies for allotment evaluation.
  2. Train and monitor crews carrying out range studies.
  3. Make recommendations based on interpretation of resource data on allotment conditions.
  4. Monitor use on ongoing Allotment Management Plans to ensure that turnout, removal and numbers of stock and pasture moves are in compliance with permits.
  5. Collect and maintain actual use records on Allotment Management Plans.
  6. Prepare pre-inventory maps by preliminary delineation on aerial photography.
  7. Conduct range inventory surveys and select appropriate guidelines and techniques to use.
  8. Review data for technical accuracy and transfer to forms for computer data analysis.
  9. Evaluate range site inventory data to recommend changes in use to resource planners.
  10. Other.
  11. None of the above.


* 4.Identify the range use supervision duties you have performed on the job:
  1. Conduct scheduled grazing license compliance checks.
  2. Ensure all stipulations in grazing permits and leases are complied with.
  3. Conduct range use supervision and allotment inspections.
  4. Monitor grazing allotments for trespass use.
  5. Assist in preparation of grazing leases and permits.
  6. Assist in preparation of cooperative agreements.
  7. Make recommendations on intensity of range supervision needed.
  8. None of the above.


* 5.Please check each of the following that you perform in your day to day duties.
  1. Maintain contacts with other federal, state and local government agencies.
  2. Maintain contacts with contractors.
  3. Maintain contacts with professional organizations, special interest groups, or resource advisory councils (RACs).
  4. Maintain contacts with livestock operators.
  5. Maintain contacts with grazing districts.
  6. Resolve conflicts between persons on controversial resource issues.
  7. Prepare correspondence and technical reports.
  8. None of the above.


* 6.Select the Statement (s) that reflects your highest level of proficiency.
  1. Inform range users and interested public concerning range management practices and procedures.
  2. Contact permittees/lessees on general inquiries such as project maintenance and condition.
  3. Explain procedures and results of studies and monitoring to permittees.
  4. Utilize Geographical Information System (GIS) to accomplish work assignments.
  5. Utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) to accomplish work assignments.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Indicate your level of proficiency in reading maps and locating features on the ground.
  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.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training with Global Position System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and hardware for data collection, transfer and processing?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 from 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.