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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed one year of graduate level education directly related to the work of this position such as surveying, engineering, industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science or mathematics.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


Specialized experience is defined as technical work which provided the knowledge and skills needed for work in the type of surveying involved. It must have required the use of the pertinent instruments and techniques of surveying. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, work as an engineering technician, soil conservation technician, or construction inspector.

Grade: All Grades
1.Select the response that best describes your experience surveying for pre-construction, construction and post-construction operations to stakeout and monitor construction activities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 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 a 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.


2.Select the answer that best describes the level of your experience in applying survey procedures as part of a job.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have completed at least two courses in this field but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  4. I have on-the-job experience in this field. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  5. I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and have trained others in performing these duties and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


3.Select the responses that describe the general category types of surveying you have performed.
  1. Land
  2. Topographic
  3. Route
  4. Hydrographic
  5. Tunnel
  6. City
  7. Cadastral
  8. Photogrammetry
  9. Construction/Preconstruction
  10. Pipeline
  11. Existing features/as-built
  12. Structural deformation (monitoring)
  13. None of the above


4.Select the responses that describe the types of surveys you have performed.
  1. Original surveys
  2. Dependent and/or independent resurveys
  3. Metes and bounds surveys of irregular tracts of lands
  4. Structural monitoring surveys
  5. Right of way/Easement surveys
  6. Subdivision of section surveys
  7. Water boundary surveys
  8. Resurveys of mineral surveys
  9. Geodetic control surveys
  10. Bathymetric surveys
  11. Construction as-built surveys
  12. Precise deformation surveys
  13. First order horizontal control surveys
  14. Second order vertical control surveys
  15. Horizontal and vertical control surveys
  16. Detail topography
  17. Ground control for aerial photography
  18. Alignment
  19. Profiles
  20. Cross sections
  21. Section line/property line ties
  22. Layout and control of construction feature
  23. Embankment/structural measurement point surveys
  24. None of the above


5.Select the responses that describe the surveying tasks you have performed.
  1. Find the physical evidence of the corner position or its accessories.
  2. Determine geographic location and time through use of a Global Positioning System (GPS).
  3. Make precise measurements of horizontal and vertical angles and distances using a theodolite or Total Station.
  4. Run differential and trigonometric levels.
  5. Compute traverse surveys and triangulations using a Total Station when direct projection of lines and distances are not possible.
  6. Use computer software and/or hand held calculators to compute closures, inverses, coordinates, curve data, slope stakes, and intersections.
  7. Monument and mark reference points.
  8. Research County records to gather survey data and land ownership.
  9. Take survey field notes in field books and data recorders.
  10. Prepare survey notes and draft coordinate lists and plots.
  11. Operate RTK-GPS equipment to collect and store data.
  12. Operate Fast Static-GPS equipment to collect and store data.
  13. Process RTK-GPS data
  14. Calibrate and adjust levels, theodolites.
  15. Process Fast Static-GPS data.
  16. Convert data to drawings using Land desktop and AutoCAD
  17. None of the above.


6.Select the responses that describe your experience interpreting land status records to do research for surveys.
  1. Master title plats
  2. Historical indices
  3. Original patents
  4. County assessor’s plats
  5. Property descriptions
  6. Legal land descriptions
  7. Land status plats
  8. Tract books
  9. Survey plats
  10. Deeds
  11. None of the above


7.Select the answer that best describes your ability to interpret survey plats and notes either from the government or private sector.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
  2. I have completed at least two courses in this field but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  4. I have on-the-job experience in this task. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  5. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. This task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the task and/or trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


8.Select the answer that best describes your ability to use topographic maps.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
  2. I have completed at least two courses in this field but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  4. I have on-the-job experience in this task. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  5. I have performed work in this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. This task has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the task and/or trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


9.Select the responses that describe your experience using topographic maps to research information for survey purposes.
  1. Identify township and range.
  2. Find corner position locations.
  3. Locate map identification numbering system.
  4. Locate elevation and triangulation station identification.
  5. Scale latitude and longitude and state plane coordinates.
  6. Find best transportation routes.
  7. Locate features
  8. Layout flight lines for aerial photogrammetry
  9. None of the above.


* 10.I have contacted property owners to obtain access to areas, to explain the survey and collect survey information.
  1. Yes
  2. No


11.Select the responses that indicate the surveying equipment you have used.
  1. Transit
  2. Theodolite
  3. Electronic distance measuring unit (EDM)
  4. Total station
  5. Data collector
  6. Global Positioning System (GPS)
  7. RTK-GPS
  8. Fast Static-GPS
  9. Survey software
  10. Level
  11. Compass
  12. Programmable calculators/data entry modules
  13. None of the above


12.Select the responses that describe your experience in any of the areas listed.
  1. Computing triangulation, trilateration, and traverses
  2. Adjusting level control loops
  3. Developing layout sheets
  4. Checking construction stakeout sheets
  5. Calculating cost estimates
  6. Calculating volumes, quantities, areas
  7. Adjustments using the least squares
  8. None of the above


13.Select the responses that describe your experience in surveying mathematics.
  1. Run a traverse around a closed figure to get closure.
  2. Run a traverse around a closed figure to compute area.
  3. Convert from one unit of measurement to another.
  4. Convert bearings to azimuths.
  5. Compute latitude and longitude from State plane coordinates.
  6. Subdivide a section.
  7. Subdivide a plotted section.
  8. Proportion lost corner positions.
  9. Reduce static GPS data.
  10. Inverse between coordinate pairs.
  11. Compute volumes or quantities between original and as-built surveys
  12. Compute combined grid factor and grid to ground distances
  13. Perform coordinate translation, rotation, and/or scaling
  14. None of the above.


14.Select the response that best describes your experience using AutoCADD Civil 3D to produce detailed and multi-layered drawings and maps.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 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 a 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.


15.Select the response that best describes your experience performing least squares adjustments of terrestrial and GPS survey data.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 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 a 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.


16.Select the responses that describe the automated surveying functions you have performed.
  1. Downloaded data from a survey data collector
  2. Processed and edited the collection file
  3. Troubleshot error messages
  4. Compiled the field data file
  5. Processed static GPS data
  6. Processed kinematic GPS data
  7. Generated computer drawn maps and drawings such as contour maps, site plans, structure details, easement drawings
  8. Compiled plot files
  9. Converted AutoCAD files to other file formats
  10. None of the above


17.Select the computer software applications you are proficient in using to accomplish land surveying or mapping functions.
  1. GPS Post Processing (Trimble) software
  2. Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software versions released within the last 3 years.
  3. Road design and earthwork volume software
  4. Least Squares Adjustment software
  5. Other software applications used to for land surveying or mapping functions.
  6. None of the above


18.Select the responses that describe your experience related to compilation of survey data for graphic presentation.
  1. Analyze and abstract survey data obtained from field surveys, legal descriptions, survey plats, master title plats, survey index, quad maps and field notes to draw relationship diagrams.
  2. Compute geographic coordinates by using software programs to perform survey closures, adjustments and create, combine and/or store files in a data base environment.
  3. Collect coordinates by digitizing and operating interactive programs for computing positions from topographic maps.
  4. Use computer/plotter/digitizer or other drafting tools to prepare graphics displays for use in planning survey data collection strategies.
  5. Other
  6. None of the above


* 19.Do you currently possess a valid driver’s license?
  1. Yes

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  2. No


* 20.This position requires considerable physical effort in walking, climbing, stooping, and bending; work in temperatures that fluctuate from extreme cold to extreme heat, and in wet and or windy conditions. Are you able to work under these conditions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.Are you physically able to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis without assistance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


22.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






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