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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have professional experience, graduate education or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Choose the one response that best describes your additional education or experience.
  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-9 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., or I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirements as described above.


* 3.Select the response that best describe your work experience in applying engineering and project management principles to monitor and evaluate work sequences, costs, schedule performance, and project integration.
  1. I have served as the project manager responsible for all aspects of civil engineering design and construction projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication with staff and managers in my organization, and customers to keep them informed of progress or potential problems.
  2. I have served as the lead technical engineer responsible for a major component of civil engineering design or construction projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication to keep the project manager informed of progress or potential problems.
  3. I have served as a member of a team responsible for civil engineering design or construction projects. Responsibilities included development of detailed schedules, timelines, or cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and periodic communication with the team for my area of responsibility.
  4. I have served in a technical capacity for engineering activities related to civil structures to schedule work activities, track accomplishments and costs, and prepare status reports.
  5. I have education, but no experience in project management processes and procedures.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Select the response(s) that describe your professional knowledge of civil or hydraulic engineering theories, concepts, practices, and methods to conduct engineering designs, planning, and hydraulic studies for project features.
  1. I have professional civil engineering experience that includes having Responsible Charge for the design of facilities for water conveyance and/or storage.
  2. I have professional civil engineering experience that has involved work on hydraulic engineering and/or water resource projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction, or repair of water conveyance systems, collection and analysis of hydrologic and water resources data to be used in sizing channels, managing watersheds, or determining water releases from storage facilities.
  3. I have professional civil engineering experience that has provided exposure to working on issues or projects related to hydraulic engineering or water resources such as design of site drainage facilities or roadways. Illustrative of this is work on investigations or studies having a principal focus on issues other than water resources or hydraulic engineering.
  4. I have civil engineering experience that has involved work on various types of projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction or repair activities, collection and analysis of field data to be used in preparing designs and specifications, development of cost estimates for contract change orders, and construction contract administration.
  5. I have performed general engineering work on design or construction projects under the direct supervision of higher graded engineers.
  6. I have Civil Engineering education but no work experience in civil engineering.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select the engineering functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Developing engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating for planning projects
  3. Cost estimating for construction projects
  4. Analyzing engineering alternatives
  5. Participating in value engineering studies
  6. Developing final designs and construction specifications
  7. Developing construction contract documents
  8. Developing Statements of Work
  9. Administrating construction contracts
  10. Accepting/rejecting work performed by contractors
  11. Participating on Technical Proposal Evaluation Committees (TPEC) responsible for technical recommendations toward selection of a construction contractor
  12. Participating in formal negotiations with Architect and Engineering (A&E) or construction contractors
  13. Functioning as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for an A&E or construction contract
  14. Reviewing draft designs, specifications and contracts with written comments
  15. Collecting design data
  16. Evaluating structural problems and outlining possible corrective actions
  17. Establishing guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  18. Project management
  19. Construction management
  20. Construction inspection
  21. Environmental and cultural resource compliance
  22. Site surveys
  23. Project operation and maintenance
  24. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience in conducting examinations and inspections of civil structures to determine the condition of the facilities and make recommendations related to operation and maintenance to ensure the facilities are performing as designed and in accordance with established standards for safety and reliability.
  1. I have five or more years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, including written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  2. I have less than five years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  3. I have five or more years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  4. I have less than five years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  5. I have five or more years experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the senior engineer or prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  6. I have less than five years experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the senior engineer or prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  7. I have education or training in field examination techniques of civil structures.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in interpreting and applying instructions, specifications, and other technical reference materials related to the operation and maintenance activities of water storage and conveyance systems (e.g., Standing Operating Procedures (SOP), Designer’s Operating Criteria (DOC), Maintenance and Testing Procedures, Manufacturer’s Technical Manuals, Blueprints, and As-Built Drawings).
  1. I have professional experience that includes direct and routine involvement in interpreting and applying technical references (such as SOP, DOC, testing procedures, manufacturer’s manuals) and engineering drawings related to operation and maintenance of storage dams and associated features and equipment.
  2. I have work experience which required me to interpret and apply instructions, specifications, technical references, and engineering drawings related to operation and maintenance of pumping plants, diversion dams, or water conveyance systems.
  3. I have written SOP’s or similar technical documents that provide written instructions for proper operation and maintenance of mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical equipment used to operate gates, valves, compressors, engine generators, or similar equipment.
  4. I have used and interpreted SOP’s or similar technical documents to operate and maintain mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical equipment used to operate gates, valves, compressors, engine generators, or similar equipment.
  5. I have worked with shop drawings, blueprints, and engineering drawings to operate or maintain civil structures or mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical equipment.
  6. I have education or training in interpretation of technical manuals and drawings for operation and maintenance of civil structures or mechanical, hydraulic, or electric equipment, but limited experience in applying this training.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to identify alternatives and make recommendations for solving highly complex engineering problems.
  1. I have developed alternatives requiring considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex engineering problems where precedents do not exist.
  2. I have provided recommendations for solutions to engineering problems that required a working knowledge of more than one engineering discipline (e.g. civil, mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical engineering).
  3. I have provided recommendations for solutions to civil engineering problems that could be resolved by engineering calculations typical of the specialization or area of assignment.
  4. I have interacted with and exchanged factual and technical information with co-workers who were performing related work in order to resolve common or recurring issues and problems.
  5. I have served as team leader for brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  6. I have participated in brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  7. I have provided advice and guidance on general engineering problems that could be solved by applying proven theory or by conventional engineering applications or approaches.
  8. I have prepared basic information for use by engineers such as standard calculations, graphs, curves, or tables. Recorded factual data for tests and observation studies or searched reports to obtain information.
  9. I have education or training in problem solving processes, but limited experience in application of techniques.
  10. None of the above.


* 9.Select the answer that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. My previous positions have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  2. I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or senior employee was there to assist me in these situations.
  3. I have served in positions where I had to maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor.
  4. I have served in a variety of position where I must maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor or senior level person.


* 10.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience working under pressure in emergency situations and being an effective team member to achieve objectives within identified time frames. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. I have experience as a leader of a team which was prepared for and participated in actual situations involving emergencies or high stress situations.
  2. I have experience as a leader of a team which was prepared for emergency or high stress situations.
  3. I have experience as a team member in situations which involved time critical deadlines.
  4. I have general education and training as a member of team that was trained to respond to contingencies or time-critical deadlines.
  5. None of the above


* 11.From the following list, please select all statements that represent the type of leadership you have routinely provided in a work situation.
  1. I have set goals, milestones and expectations.
  2. I have planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members.
  3. I have followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  4. I have reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  5. I have evaluated the effectiveness of a complete project or program goal.
  6. I have reported progress to senior management.
  7. I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  8. I have resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members.
  9. None of the above.


* 12.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.From the functions listed below, select the supervisory/team lead functions that you have regularly performed
  1. Approving leave requests
  2. Assigning work
  3. Disciplining employees
  4. Evaluating employee performance
  5. Evaluating training needs
  6. Providing on-the-job training
  7. Recruiting, interviewing and/or selecting
  8. Rewarding employees
  9. Coaching, mentoring and modeling
  10. None of the above


* 14.Please select all of the supervisory duties you have performed.
  1. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  2. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  3. I have developed performance standards, and evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  4. I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  5. I have interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  6. I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in preparing written documents.
  1. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  2. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  3. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  4. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  5. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  6. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  7. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of civil structures, or hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical equipment.
  8. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  9. None of the above.


* 16.Select the response(s) that best describe your experience delivering oral presentations.
  1. I have made formal presentations to co-workers on various work related topics.
  2. I have made formal presentations to co-workers or officials outside my employing agency using briefing slides, graphics, hand-outs or other visual materials.
  3. I have delivered informational briefings to officials outside my employing organization using Power Point or other software applications.
  4. I have made formal presentations to officials outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action, revise procedures, or expend resources.
  5. I have delivered formal courses of training or instruction using a variety of media.
  6. None of the above.


* 17.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively communicate orally in a variety of settings with professional staff, internal and external customers, consultants and the public on technical and non-technical project issues.
  1. I have experience meeting and dealing with a wide variety of disciplines such as federal agencies, private organizations, special interest groups and the general public.
  2. I have participated in meetings to discuss strategies, requirements, project needs, schedules, budgets, and other criteria required to accomplish project requirements or tasks, and/or for developing understanding and consensus.
  3. I have experience meeting and dealing with customers and/or other organizations through formal presentations, technical briefings and public forums.
  4. I have facilitated technical discussions or controversial issues to reach consensus.
  5. I have experience meeting with internal and/or external customers to discuss program needs and issues as a member of a presentation group or formal work team.
  6. I have experience in oral communication primarily through involvement in community and/or public service organizations, committee memberships, and/or other organizational membership or involvement.
  7. My communication skills have been developed primarily through training or course work in areas such as public speaking and/or membership on professional or technical committees or organizations.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-12 In addition to meeting basic requirements for engineering positions, choose one answer which best describes your experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-11 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I do not meet the experience requirement as described.


* 3.Select the response that best describe your work experience in applying engineering and project management principles to monitor and evaluate work sequences, costs, schedule performance, and project integration.
  1. I have served as the project manager responsible for all aspects of civil engineering design and construction projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication with staff and managers in my organization, and customers to keep them informed of progress or potential problems.
  2. I have served as the lead technical engineer responsible for a major component of civil engineering design or construction projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication to keep the project manager informed of progress or potential problems.
  3. I have served as a member of a team responsible for civil engineering design or construction projects. Responsibilities included development of detailed schedules, timelines, or cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and periodic communication with the team for my area of responsibility.
  4. I have served in a technical capacity for engineering activities related to civil structures to schedule work activities, track accomplishments and costs, and prepare status reports.
  5. I have education, but no experience in project management processes and procedures.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Select the response(s) that describe your professional knowledge of civil or hydraulic engineering theories, concepts, practices, and methods to conduct engineering designs, planning, and hydraulic studies for project features.
  1. I have professional civil engineering experience that includes having Responsible Charge for the design of facilities for water conveyance and/or storage.
  2. I have professional civil engineering experience that has involved work on hydraulic engineering and/or water resource projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction, or repair of water conveyance systems, collection and analysis of hydrologic and water resources data to be used in sizing channels, managing watersheds, or determining water releases from storage facilities.
  3. I have professional civil engineering experience that has provided exposure to working on issues or projects related to hydraulic engineering or water resources such as design of site drainage facilities or roadways. Illustrative of this is work on investigations or studies having a principal focus on issues other than water resources or hydraulic engineering.
  4. I have civil engineering experience that has involved work on various types of projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction or repair activities, collection and analysis of field data to be used in preparing designs and specifications, development of cost estimates for contract change orders, and construction contract administration.
  5. I have performed general engineering work on design or construction projects under the direct supervision of higher graded engineers.
  6. I have Civil Engineering education but no work experience in civil engineering.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select the engineering functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Developing engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating for planning projects
  3. Cost estimating for construction projects
  4. Analyzing engineering alternatives
  5. Participating in value engineering studies
  6. Developing final designs and construction specifications
  7. Developing construction contract documents
  8. Developing Statements of Work
  9. Administrating construction contracts
  10. Accepting/rejecting work performed by contractors
  11. Participating on Technical Proposal Evaluation Committees (TPEC) responsible for technical recommendations toward selection of a construction contractor
  12. Participating in formal negotiations with Architect and Engineering (A&E) or construction contractors
  13. Functioning as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for an A&E or construction contract
  14. Reviewing draft designs, specifications and contracts with written comments
  15. Collecting design data
  16. Evaluating structural problems and outlining possible corrective actions
  17. Establishing guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  18. Project management
  19. Construction management
  20. Construction inspection
  21. Environmental and cultural resource compliance
  22. Site surveys
  23. Project operation and maintenance
  24. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience in conducting examinations and inspections of civil structures to determine the condition of the facilities and make recommendations related to operation and maintenance to ensure the facilities are performing as designed and in accordance with established standards for safety and reliability.
  1. I have five or more years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, including written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  2. I have less than five years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  3. I have five or more years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  4. I have less than five years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  5. I have five or more years experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the senior engineer or prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  6. I have less than five years experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the senior engineer or prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  7. I have education or training in field examination techniques of civil structures.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in interpreting and applying instructions, specifications, and other technical reference materials related to the operation and maintenance activities of water storage and conveyance systems (e.g., Standing Operating Procedures (SOP), Designer’s Operating Criteria (DOC), Maintenance and Testing Procedures, Manufacturer’s Technical Manuals, Blueprints, and As-Built Drawings).
  1. I have professional experience that includes direct and routine involvement in interpreting and applying technical references (such as SOP, DOC, testing procedures, manufacturer’s manuals) and engineering drawings related to operation and maintenance of storage dams and associated features and equipment.
  2. I have work experience which required me to interpret and apply instructions, specifications, technical references, and engineering drawings related to operation and maintenance of pumping plants, diversion dams, or water conveyance systems.
  3. I have written SOP’s or similar technical documents that provide written instructions for proper operation and maintenance of mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical equipment used to operate gates, valves, compressors, engine generators, or similar equipment.
  4. I have used and interpreted SOP’s or similar technical documents to operate and maintain mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical equipment used to operate gates, valves, compressors, engine generators, or similar equipment.
  5. I have worked with shop drawings, blueprints, and engineering drawings to operate or maintain civil structures or mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical equipment.
  6. I have education or training in interpretation of technical manuals and drawings for operation and maintenance of civil structures or mechanical, hydraulic, or electric equipment, but limited experience in applying this training.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to identify alternatives and make recommendations for solving highly complex engineering problems.
  1. I have developed alternatives requiring considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex engineering problems where precedents do not exist.
  2. I have provided recommendations for solutions to engineering problems that required a working knowledge of more than one engineering discipline (e.g. civil, mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical engineering).
  3. I have provided recommendations for solutions to civil engineering problems that could be resolved by engineering calculations typical of the specialization or area of assignment.
  4. I have interacted with and exchanged factual and technical information with co-workers who were performing related work in order to resolve common or recurring issues and problems.
  5. I have served as team leader for brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  6. I have participated in brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  7. I have provided advice and guidance on general engineering problems that could be solved by applying proven theory or by conventional engineering applications or approaches.
  8. I have prepared basic information for use by engineers such as standard calculations, graphs, curves, or tables. Recorded factual data for tests and observation studies or searched reports to obtain information.
  9. I have education or training in problem solving processes, but limited experience in application of techniques.
  10. None of the above.


* 9.Select the answer that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. My previous positions have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  2. I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or senior employee was there to assist me in these situations.
  3. I have served in positions where I had to maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor.
  4. I have served in a variety of position where I must maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor or senior level person.


* 10.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience working under pressure in emergency situations and being an effective team member to achieve objectives within identified time frames. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. I have experience as a leader of a team which was prepared for and participated in actual situations involving emergencies or high stress situations.
  2. I have experience as a leader of a team which was prepared for emergency or high stress situations.
  3. I have experience as a team member in situations which involved time critical deadlines.
  4. I have general education and training as a member of team that was trained to respond to contingencies or time-critical deadlines.
  5. None of the above


* 11.From the following list, please select all statements that represent the type of leadership you have routinely provided in a work situation.
  1. I have set goals, milestones and expectations.
  2. I have planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members.
  3. I have followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  4. I have reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  5. I have evaluated the effectiveness of a complete project or program goal.
  6. I have reported progress to senior management.
  7. I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  8. I have resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members.
  9. None of the above.


* 12.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.From the functions listed below, select the supervisory/team lead functions that you have regularly performed
  1. Approving leave requests
  2. Assigning work
  3. Disciplining employees
  4. Evaluating employee performance
  5. Evaluating training needs
  6. Providing on-the-job training
  7. Recruiting, interviewing and/or selecting
  8. Rewarding employees
  9. Coaching, mentoring and modeling
  10. None of the above


* 14.Please select all of the supervisory duties you have performed.
  1. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  2. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  3. I have developed performance standards, and evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  4. I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  5. I have interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  6. I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in preparing written documents.
  1. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  2. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  3. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  4. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  5. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  6. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  7. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of civil structures, or hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical equipment.
  8. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  9. None of the above.


* 16.Select the response(s) that best describe your experience delivering oral presentations.
  1. I have made formal presentations to co-workers on various work related topics.
  2. I have made formal presentations to co-workers or officials outside my employing agency using briefing slides, graphics, hand-outs or other visual materials.
  3. I have delivered informational briefings to officials outside my employing organization using Power Point or other software applications.
  4. I have made formal presentations to officials outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action, revise procedures, or expend resources.
  5. I have delivered formal courses of training or instruction using a variety of media.
  6. None of the above.


* 17.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively communicate orally in a variety of settings with professional staff, internal and external customers, consultants and the public on technical and non-technical project issues.
  1. I have experience meeting and dealing with a wide variety of disciplines such as federal agencies, private organizations, special interest groups and the general public.
  2. I have participated in meetings to discuss strategies, requirements, project needs, schedules, budgets, and other criteria required to accomplish project requirements or tasks, and/or for developing understanding and consensus.
  3. I have experience meeting and dealing with customers and/or other organizations through formal presentations, technical briefings and public forums.
  4. I have facilitated technical discussions or controversial issues to reach consensus.
  5. I have experience meeting with internal and/or external customers to discuss program needs and issues as a member of a presentation group or formal work team.
  6. I have experience in oral communication primarily through involvement in community and/or public service organizations, committee memberships, and/or other organizational membership or involvement.
  7. My communication skills have been developed primarily through training or course work in areas such as public speaking and/or membership on professional or technical committees or organizations.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other


* 2.If you selected OTHER as your response to the question above, please elaborate on your answer.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Do you understand that you must submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED on-line resume for this announcement and that failure to submit a complete and detailed on-line resume will result in you not being considered for this position? The on-line resume is completed during the registration process and is separate from your answers to vacancy announcement-specific questions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

I will provide a copy of my college transcripts or equivalent document by the closing date of this announcement to validate my successful completion of the education requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 4.VETERANS: Do you know that if you are eligible for consideration as a 30% or more Disabled Veteran or under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act-VEOA (5 or 10-point preference eligible OR veteran with 3 or more years of active duty and honorable discharge), you can also be considered under the concurrent merit promotion announcement stated in JOB SUMMARY section of announcement by submitting a separate application and all required documentation under the concurrent merit promotion announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. Not Applicable






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