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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience:
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least one full year of graduate level education that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position.
  3. Superior Academic Achievement- I meet 1 of the following: In the upper one-third of my graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.
  4. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the statement that best describes your experience with project management principles including developing project schedules, budgets, budget implementation, and tracking to ensure overall accomplishment of large planning projects.
  1. I have developed, implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for large and/or complex projects (e.g. larger than $50,000).
  2. I have developed, implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for smaller and simpler projects (e.g. less than $50,000).
  3. I have implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for large and/or complex projects.
  4. I have implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for smaller and simpler projects.
  5. I have some experience working with program and/or project budgets and schedules.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Select the response(s) that describes 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.


* 4.Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate orally.
  1. I have significant experience speaking to large groups (20 or more) of managers and employees in a training or seminar setting or in verbally advising top management about topics that are controversial in nature or have a high budgetary impact.
  2. I have significant experience speaking to small group managers and employees in a training or seminar setting or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers about topics that affect individual personnel actions.
  3. I have experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in a training setting or in verbally advising supervisors and managers, one-on-one, about topics that affect individual personnel actions.
  4. I have some experience verbally advising supervisors and managers, one-on-one, about topics that affect individual personnel actions.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Select the response(s) that describes your experience with teamwork.
  1. I work independently and have no team experience.
  2. I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  3. I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  4. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  7. I have served as Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.
  8. I have served on an ICS Incident Management Team (IMT) during an incident or planned event.


* 6.Select the response that best describes 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.


* 7.Select the response(s) that best describe your experience in developing emergency action plans (EAP) for large multipurpose civil works including dams and powerplants.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in developing EAPs.
  2. I have had education or training in developing EAPs or reviewed EAPs, but have not yet written an EAP.
  3. I have assisted in development of EAPs, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have developed EAPs as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without direction from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have developed EAPs and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in developing EAPs.


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience in planning, coordinating, facilitating, organizing, and arranging a tabletop and/or functional exercise as it relates to an Emergency Action Plan:
  1. I have experience in planning, coordinating, facilitating, organizing, and arranging tabletop and/or functional exercises of Emergency Action Plans.
  2. I have experience in planning, coordinating, organizing, and arranging tabletop and/or functional exercises of Emergency Action Plans.
  3. I have experience in facilitating tabletop and/or functional exercises as related to dam Emergency Action Plans.
  4. I have experience in facilitating tabletop and/or functional exercises as related to other types of Emergency Action Plans.
  5. I have experience in planning, coordinating, organizing, and arranging exercises other than dam safety.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with safety of dams programs, including standing operating procedures, instrumentation, emergency action plans, and risk analysis related to hydrologic, static, dynamic, and seismic loading of earthen and concrete storage dams.
  1. I have served as the lead or senior engineer responsible for evaluation of static, dynamic, hydrologic of seismic risk analysis studies performed by civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers and geologists as they relate to operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete dams.
  2. I have evaluated safety of dams risk analysis studies performed by civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers and geologists as they relate to operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete dams.
  3. I have written or revised standing operating procedures for dam outlet works, spillways, and electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical equipment.
  4. I have written or revised Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams.
  5. I have worked with state and local disaster emergency services personnel to exercise the EAP and determine the effectiveness in communicating emergency conditions that may exist at the dam and appropriate response measures.
  6. I have operated and maintained instrumentation equipment used to monitor structural performance of earthen and concrete dams.
  7. I have reviewed instrumentation data for earthen and concrete dams and compared to historic data to evaluate the performance of the structure.
  8. I have general education and some training in the area of dam safety.
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select the response(s) that best reflect your experience in preparing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  1. I do not have experience in preparing an EAP.
  2. I have developed technical documents (e.g., hydrographs, annual precipitation, rainfall runoff models, etc.) that have been used to develop an EAP.
  3. I have coordinated the development of technical documents and worked with local agencies and community counterparts to establish emergency thresholds (e.g., high water levels/flows).
  4. I have coordinated with community officials to develop an EAP (including warning systems, evacuation routes, shelters, etc.).


* 11.I have worked in positions that required initiative and independence to complete work within deadlines and budget on a daily basis.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.I am experienced and skilled in the following to utilize computer technology and automated systems to support program administration and operations including 1) word-processing (e.g., Microsoft Office Word), 2) spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Office Excel), 3) relational data bases (e.g., SharePoint), 4) electronic mail (e.g. Microsoft Outlook), 5) electronic calendar (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, 5) presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, ), 6) Web-based software (e.g., Internet Explorer), and 7 Scanning of original documents into PDF format.
  1. Routinely used ALL of the software packages listed above. Identified needed standard software packages and utilized the software to improve administrative work processes.
  2. Experience using SOME of the software packages listed above to support the administrative work of an organization.
  3. Routinely used MOST of the software packages listed above to support the administrative work of an organization.
  4. None of the above.


* 13.Select the response(s) that indicate your experience in handling, filing, and retrieving highly technical information.
  1. Operation and maintenance instructions
  2. Equipment data
  3. Contract specifications
  4. Electrical, mechanical, and/or civil engineering standards
  5. Technical reports, books, and/or other publications
  6. None of the above


* 14.Select the software application(s) that you utilize proficiently (proficiently means you understand and utilize a majority of the system’s functionality/capabilities.)
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Other word processing applications (i.e., WordPerfect, WordPro, etc.)
  3. Microsoft Power Point
  4. E-mail (i.e., GroupWise, Microsoft Outlook, etc.)
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. Microsoft Excel
  7. Lotus 1-2-3
  8. Other Applications including Government systems and commercial off-the-shelf systems
  9. None of the above


* 15.Select the statements that best describe your experience coordinating with others to accomplish work-related activities or project assignments. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. Arrange conferences, which include participants from outside the immediate organization
  2. Arrange local meetings
  3. Prepare materials, ensuring that they are ready prior and during meeting
  4. Perform routine tasks to assist co-workers
  5. Coordinate and research data files
  6. Coordinate with others to explain ideas or discuss information of limited difficulty or complexity
  7. None of the above


* 16.Do you possess a typing speed of at least 40 wpm?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience:
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. OR J.D., if related.
  3. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the statement that best describes your experience with project management principles including developing project schedules, budgets, budget implementation, and tracking to ensure overall accomplishment of large planning projects.
  1. I have developed, implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for large and/or complex projects (e.g. larger than $50,000).
  2. I have developed, implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for smaller and simpler projects (e.g. less than $50,000).
  3. I have implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for large and/or complex projects.
  4. I have implemented and monitored program and/or project budgets and schedules for smaller and simpler projects.
  5. I have some experience working with program and/or project budgets and schedules.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Select the response(s) that describes 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.


* 4.Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate orally.
  1. I have significant experience speaking to large groups (20 or more) of managers and employees in a training or seminar setting or in verbally advising top management about topics that are controversial in nature or have a high budgetary impact.
  2. I have significant experience speaking to small group managers and employees in a training or seminar setting or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers about topics that affect individual personnel actions.
  3. I have experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in a training setting or in verbally advising supervisors and managers, one-on-one, about topics that affect individual personnel actions.
  4. I have some experience verbally advising supervisors and managers, one-on-one, about topics that affect individual personnel actions.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Select the response(s) that describes your experience with teamwork.
  1. I work independently and have no team experience.
  2. I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  3. I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  4. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  7. I have served as Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.
  8. I have served on an ICS Incident Management Team (IMT) during an incident or planned event.


* 6.Select the response that best describes 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.


* 7.Select the response(s) that best describe your experience in developing emergency action plans (EAP) for large multipurpose civil works including dams and powerplants.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in developing EAPs.
  2. I have had education or training in developing EAPs or reviewed EAPs, but have not yet written an EAP.
  3. I have assisted in development of EAPs, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have developed EAPs as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without direction from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have developed EAPs and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in developing EAPs.


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience in planning, coordinating, facilitating, organizing, and arranging a tabletop and/or functional exercise as it relates to an Emergency Action Plan:
  1. I have experience in planning, coordinating, facilitating, organizing, and arranging tabletop and/or functional exercises of Emergency Action Plans.
  2. I have experience in planning, coordinating, organizing, and arranging tabletop and/or functional exercises of Emergency Action Plans.
  3. I have experience in facilitating tabletop and/or functional exercises as related to dam Emergency Action Plans.
  4. I have experience in facilitating tabletop and/or functional exercises as related to other types of Emergency Action Plans.
  5. I have experience in planning, coordinating, organizing, and arranging exercises other than dam safety.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with safety of dams programs, including standing operating procedures, instrumentation, emergency action plans, and risk analysis related to hydrologic, static, dynamic, and seismic loading of earthen and concrete storage dams.
  1. I have served as the lead or senior engineer responsible for evaluation of static, dynamic, hydrologic of seismic risk analysis studies performed by civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers and geologists as they relate to operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete dams.
  2. I have evaluated safety of dams risk analysis studies performed by civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers and geologists as they relate to operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete dams.
  3. I have written or revised standing operating procedures for dam outlet works, spillways, and electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical equipment.
  4. I have written or revised Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams.
  5. I have worked with state and local disaster emergency services personnel to exercise the EAP and determine the effectiveness in communicating emergency conditions that may exist at the dam and appropriate response measures.
  6. I have operated and maintained instrumentation equipment used to monitor structural performance of earthen and concrete dams.
  7. I have reviewed instrumentation data for earthen and concrete dams and compared to historic data to evaluate the performance of the structure.
  8. I have general education and some training in the area of dam safety.
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select the response(s) that best reflect your experience in preparing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  1. I do not have experience in preparing an EAP.
  2. I have developed technical documents (e.g., hydrographs, annual precipitation, rainfall runoff models, etc.) that have been used to develop an EAP.
  3. I have coordinated the development of technical documents and worked with local agencies and community counterparts to establish emergency thresholds (e.g., high water levels/flows).
  4. I have coordinated with community officials to develop an EAP (including warning systems, evacuation routes, shelters, etc.).


* 11.I have worked in positions that required initiative and independence to complete work within deadlines and budget on a daily basis.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.I am experienced and skilled in the following to utilize computer technology and automated systems to support program administration and operations including 1) word-processing (e.g., Microsoft Office Word), 2) spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Office Excel), 3) relational data bases (e.g., SharePoint), 4) electronic mail (e.g. Microsoft Outlook), 5) electronic calendar (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, 5) presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, ), 6) Web-based software (e.g., Internet Explorer), and 7 Scanning of original documents into PDF format.
  1. Routinely used ALL of the software packages listed above. Identified needed standard software packages and utilized the software to improve administrative work processes.
  2. Experience using SOME of the software packages listed above to support the administrative work of an organization.
  3. Routinely used MOST of the software packages listed above to support the administrative work of an organization.
  4. None of the above.


* 13.Select the response(s) that indicate your experience in handling, filing, and retrieving highly technical information.
  1. Operation and maintenance instructions
  2. Equipment data
  3. Contract specifications
  4. Electrical, mechanical, and/or civil engineering standards
  5. Technical reports, books, and/or other publications
  6. None of the above


* 14.Select the software application(s) that you utilize proficiently (proficiently means you understand and utilize a majority of the system’s functionality/capabilities.)
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Other word processing applications (i.e., WordPerfect, WordPro, etc.)
  3. Microsoft Power Point
  4. E-mail (i.e., GroupWise, Microsoft Outlook, etc.)
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. Microsoft Excel
  7. Lotus 1-2-3
  8. Other Applications including Government systems and commercial off-the-shelf systems
  9. None of the above


* 15.Select the statements that best describe your experience coordinating with others to accomplish work-related activities or project assignments. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. Arrange conferences, which include participants from outside the immediate organization
  2. Arrange local meetings
  3. Prepare materials, ensuring that they are ready prior and during meeting
  4. Perform routine tasks to assist co-workers
  5. Coordinate and research data files
  6. Coordinate with others to explain ideas or discuss information of limited difficulty or complexity
  7. None of the above


* 16.Do you possess a typing speed of at least 40 wpm?
  1. Yes
  2. No


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






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