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Grade: 07
Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. Examples of acceptable experience may have included field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geochemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing.

* 1.GS-7 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography or the management or conservation of water resources. Course work included 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience - coursework as described above (30 semester hours in a combination of courses which included 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education equal to a 4-year degree.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.GS-7 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this position, choose one answer that describes your professional experience, graduate education, or a combination of education and experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  1. I have at least one year of professional experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. I have at least one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  2. Superior Academic Achievement - I meet 1 of the following: Upper 1/3 of graduating class based on completed courses; 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or based on final 2 years of curriculum; 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 based on average of required major courses or required major courses in final 2 years of curriculum; Member national scholastic honor society which meets requirements of Assoc. of College Honor Societies.
  3. I possess at least 1 year of graduate level education in hydrology or other directly related fields of study.
  4. I have a combination of graduate level education and professional experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  5. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.


* 3.I am applying for the Hydrologist, 1315, occupation listed in this announcement. (Note: This is an interdisciplinary position. You will be required to respond to qualification questions pertaining to this occupation.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I am applying for the Civil Engineering, 0810, occupation listed in this announcement. (Note: This is an interdisciplinary position. You will be required to respond to qualification questions pertaining to all the occupations listed in this announcement).
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.GS-7 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.

        BRANCHED: * 2.GS-7 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-5 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
    2. I have 1 year of graduate-level education in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
    3. I have a combination of graduate level education in engineering or a related field and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualifying requirements for this position.
    4. Superior Academic Achievement- I meet 1 of the following: Upper 1/3 of graduating class based on completed courses; 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or based on final 2 years of curriculum; 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 based on average of required major courses or required major courses in final 2 years of curriculum; Member national scholastic honor society which meets requirements of Assoc. of College Honor Societies.
    5. I completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
    6. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.
  2. No


5.Select the one response below that best describes your hydrologic and/or hydraulic modeling experience, including but not limited to rainfall/runoff, ground water, streamflow routing, water quality or evapo-transpiration modeling.
  1. I am not familiar with the use of hydrologic models.
  2. I have run models created by others.
  3. I have designed and run simple models.
  4. I have designed and run fairly complex models.


Grade: 09
Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. Examples of acceptable experience may have included field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geochemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing.

* 1.GS-9 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for this positions.
  1. I have completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography or the management or conservation of water resources. Course work included 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience - coursework as described above (30 semester hours in a combination of courses which included 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education equal to a 4-year degree.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.GS-9 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this position, choose one answer that describes your experience, education, or combination of education and professional experience as described as specialized experience in the vacancy announcement.
  1. I have at least one year of professional experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. I have at least one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least 2 years of graduate level education leading to a master’s degree or a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in hydrology or other directly related fields of study.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and professional experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirements as described above.


* 3.I am applying for the Hydrologist, 1315, occupation listed in this announcement. (Note: This is an interdisciplinary position. You will be required to respond to qualification questions pertaining to this occupation.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I am applying for the Civil Engineering, 0810, occupation listed in this announcement. (Note: This is an interdisciplinary position. You will be required to respond to qualification questions pertaining to all the occupations listed in this announcement).
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.GS-9 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.

        BRANCHED: * 2.GS-9 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-7 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
    2. I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or I have a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
    3. I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
    4. I completed requirements of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering and have 1 year of appropriate professional experience which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
    5. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.
  2. No


5.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your knowledge of probability and statistics in which you consider yourself proficient. (Proficient implies a general understanding of the theory and processes which would allow application of these principles to practical problems).
  1. Hydrologic data: reliability, sources, and characteristics
  2. Mixed populations of hydrologic data (types, causes, separation of data, and combined frequency curves)
  3. Parametric probability distributions such as the Log Pearson III
  4. Frequency analysis of floods and rainfall
  5. Risk assessment
  6. Multiple regression analysis
  7. Time series analysis
  8. None of the above


6.Select the field(s) of study in which you have completed graduate-level courses from an accredited university or college.
  1. Fluid mechanics
  2. Hydrology
  3. Steady open-channel flow
  4. Unsteady open-channel flow
  5. Geomorphology
  6. Sediment transport
  7. Geographic Information Systems
  8. None of the above


7.Selecte the statement below that best describes your experience with computer modeling of river systems, reservoirs and delivery systems.
  1. I am not familiar with the use of river system computer models.
  2. I have run models with information provided by others.
  3. I have developed input data, designed and run simple models.
  4. I have developed input data, designed and run simple models; analyzed outputs and developed tables and graphs to display data.
  5. I have developed input data, designed and run complex models (multiple reservoirs, diversions, inflows and withdrawals); analyzed outputs and developed tables and graphs to display data for technical reports.
  6. I have presented the results of complex computer models I developed, at meetings which included representatives of other agencies and/or the public.


8.Select the response that best describes your ability to identify alternatives and make recommendations for solving modeling problems.
  1. I have developed alternatives requiring considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex modeling problems where precedents do not exist.
  2. I have provided recommendations for solutions to modeling problems that required a working knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics.
  3. 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 in modeling.
  4. I have participated in brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions using modeling techniques.
  5. I have education or training in modeling techniques, but limited experience in application of techniques.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the one response that describes your experience communicating information in writing.
  1. I have successfully prepared a variety of reports and documents as part of my college level instruction and training.
  2. I have prepared various documents to explain technical phases of projects to audiences with the same technical background.
  3. I have prepared a variety of correspondence and documents to provide technical information and explain project related issues to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  4. I have prepared fact sheets, issue papers and correspondence covering technical and non-technical information for persons within and outside my organization.
  5. I have prepared final comprehensive reports comprised of analyses, identified problems, recommendations and conclusions for use by senior level officials within and outside my organization.
  6. None of the above.


* 2.Select the statement below that best describes your verbal presentation experience.
  1. I have no experience speaking in front of groups or giving formal presentations.
  2. I often speak in front of small groups (less than 15).
  3. I often speak in front of large groups (more than 15).
  4. I have given presentations prepared by others to a variety of groups.
  5. I have prepared and presented verbal speeches to a variety of groups.
  6. I have prepared and given verbal presentations to a variety of groups on controversial subjects.


* 3.Select the response that best 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.


* 4.Select the answers that best describe the software you are proficient with and have used on a regular basis for at least one year
  1. MS Word
  2. MS Excel
  3. MS Access
  4. MS PowerPoint
  5. WordPerfect
  6. None of the above


* 5.Select the answers that best describe your work experience:
  1. I have retrieved hydrologic and water quality data from the Web and converted to Microsoft Access or Excel.
  2. I am proficient in Microsoft Excel in hydrologic computation skills, statistics, and graphics for presentation of hydrologic data.
  3. I have performed computer data entry, editing and retrieval tasks in the processing of scientific data.
  4. I have responded to scientific data information requests.
  5. I have verified the accuracy of scientific data entries and retrievals.
  6. I have managed the office program for archiving hydrologic data documents.
  7. I have reviewed hydrologic information on web site for accuracy and availability.
  8. I have provided comments and helped in the design of hydrologic data pages on the web.
  9. None of the above


* 6.Select the ways in which you have used statistics.
  1. Summarizing data, e.g., daily, monthly, and annual reports from near real-time data
  2. Curve fitting
  3. Estimating missing values
  4. Frequency analysis
  5. Testing hypothesis
  6. None of the above


* 7.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your knowledge of flood hydrology in which you consider yourself proficient. (Proficient implies a general understanding of the theory and processes which would allow application of these principles to practical problems).
  1. Unit hydrograph theory and development
  2. Snowmelt hydrology
  3. Base flow determinations
  4. Flood reconstitution
  5. Flood frequency on ungaged watersheds
  6. Open channel hydraulics
  7. Hydraulics of bridges, culverts, and weirs
  8. Reservoir flood routing
  9. Stream channel flood routing
  10. Hydrologic modeling
  11. Envelope curves of maximum discharge
  12. Paleoflood hydrology
  13. Probable maximum precipitation estimation
  14. Geographic information systems
  15. None of the above


* 8.Select the responses below that you have experience working on and/or developing regarding hydrology engineering.
  1. Water rights
  2. Water use
  3. Flood potential
  4. Sedimentation
  5. Climatological processes
  6. Statistical principles
  7. Flood control studies
  8. Depletion studies
  9. Projected water needs studies
  10. Reservoir Operating Plans
  11. Need for operational changes
  12. Operating efficiency studies
  13. None of the above


* 9.Select the response(s) that reflects your experience in water administration or water management activities.
  1. I have direct work experience operating complex reservoir systems, such as those that involved scheduling movement of water between reservoirs for delivery and/or power production
  2. I have developed forecasts of runoff and river flows for watershed and basins.
  3. I have developed water demand estimates based on historical or forecasted water supply.
  4. I have developed operating plans for river and reservoir systems.
  5. I have analyzed water management proposals as they pertain to water delivery, flood control, environmental rules, conjunctive use or power operations.
  6. I have developed river and reservoir operations system models.
  7. I have not had experience, education or training in this area.


* 10.I apply knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques of hydrology, hydraulics, geology, and/or engineering to the interpretation of scientific and technical 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.


* 11.Select the one response that describes your experience in computer simulation of water resources systems for the storage, conveyance and management of surface water supply.
  1. I have no experience or training in computer simulation of water resources systems.
  2. I have received college level instruction in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of computer simulation of water resources systems, but have not applied them in practice.
  3. I have received college level instruction in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of computer simulation of water resources systems and have applied them in an academic setting, during an internship program or infrequently on the job.
  4. I have applied on a regular basis simulations of water resource systems in studies or investigations related to the storage, conveyance, or management of surface water supplies created by others.
  5. I have developed and applied simulations of water resource systems in studies or investigations related to the storage, conveyance, or management of surface water supplies with regular review and assistance provided by a senior employee or supervisor.


* 12.Select the one response that best describes the working circumstances in which you feel most comfortable and perform at your best.
  1. I have worked alone and believe my ability to maintain a clear focus on the work at hand permitted me to achieve consistently excellent results.
  2. I have worked in small, close-knit groups having common interests and goals, and contributed to the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
  3. I have worked in large complex groups where my facilitation skills contributed directly to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  4. I have led small, close-knit groups where I ensured that everyone in the group was doing his or her fair share of the work, thereby contributing to successful completion of the assigned task.
  5. I have led large, complex groups where my management skills ensured that the work was coordinated sufficiently well to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned tasks.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Select the computer languages in which you are proficient. (Proficient means you have used these languages to build a variety of hydrology-related programs to conduct water resource studies.)
  1. C
  2. C++
  3. C# (C Sharp)
  4. Java
  5. Python
  6. ForTran
  7. MatLab
  8. I do not have experience with any of the above programs.


* 14.I have made stream discharge measurements.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.I have observed and noted hydraulic or environmental conditions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.I have determined cross sections for Indirect Measurements of flow and/or area ratings.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.I have prepared graphs of historical and/or current data for publication and/or presentation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.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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