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Grade: 07
* 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.


* 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.


* 3.Select the responses which describe the geotechnical engineering courses that you have successfully completed.
  1. Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering/Soil Mechanics
  2. Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  3. Foundations Engineering
  4. Introduction to Rock Mechanics
  5. Advanced Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering
  6. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  7. Design of Embankment Dams
  8. Advanced Rock Mechanics
  9. Finite Element Methods
  10. Engineering Geology
  11. Groundwater Engineering/Groundwater and Seepage
  12. Tunneling
  13. Ground Modification Methods
  14. None of the above


Grade: 09
* 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.


* 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.


* 3.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.


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(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.


* 4.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.


Grade: All Grades
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.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

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.

* 1.Select the response that best shows your professional knowledge and understanding of dam safety risk analysis and decision-making.
  1. I have utilized my knowledge of risk analysis approaches and the utilization of risk analysis results in organizational decision-making and program/project formulation for dam safety related decisions or recommendations.
  2. I have utilized my knowledge of risk analysis approaches and the utilization of risk analysis results in program/project formulation that included participation in comprehensive quantitative risk determinations.
  3. I have utilized my knowledge in organizational decision-making using risk analysis approaches that included participation in comprehensive quantitative risk determinations.
  4. I have utilized my knowledge in risk analysis and/or organizational decision-making as it applies to large civil work projects.
  5. I have utilized my knowledge of risk analysis methods, organizational decision-making processes and how they may be applied to dams and appurtenant structures.
  6. I have knowledge of risk analysis approaches and how they can be applied to dams and appurtenant structures.


* 2.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in providing technical engineering advice for multipurpose water and power projects.
  1. I have collected design data and prepared complete design data packages and statements of work for design engineers.
  2. I have performed appraisal level engineering design work and preparation of written statements of work for design and specifications by design engineer or team.
  3. I have performed feasibility level engineering design work and preparation of written specifications.
  4. I have reviewed draft designs, specifications, and construction contracts and prepared written comments for consideration by the design engineer.
  5. I have participated in Value Engineering Studies as a team leader.
  6. I have participated in Value Engineering Studies as a team member.
  7. I have performed analysis of engineering alternatives and calculation of quantities and cost estimates.
  8. I have performed analysis of economic benefit/cost and prepared written justifications in support of engineering projects.
  9. I have education in these areas, but no experience in application of concepts.
  10. None of the above.


* 3.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


* 4.Select the responses which describe your work experience related to construction.
  1. I have been an inspector on a construction site
  2. I have performed quality control testing on soil or concrete construction materials
  3. I have worked on a surveying crew
  4. I have quantified materials for payment
  5. I have utilized ACAD to generate quantities for payment
  6. I have been trained in construction safety
  7. I have worked on a drill rig logging soils and/or rock core
  8. I have observed construction as part of my work experience
  9. I have worked in a soils or rock testing laboratory and performed testing
  10. None of the above


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience in applying concepts, principles and practices of civil engineering as related to operations and maintenance of diversion dams, pumping plants, canals, and water delivery related equipment and facilities.
  1. I have served as the lead or senior engineer for operation and maintenance activities pertaining to large diversion dams, pumping plants, canals, and pipelines that utilize electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to operate pumps, gates, and valves to lift, convey, and transport water at high rates of delivery and large volumes. (Diversion dams, pumping plants, and canals with capacity of 500 cubic feet per second (CFS) or larger).
  2. I have engineering experience in performing operation and maintenance activities pertaining to large diversion dams, pumping plants, canals, and pipelines that utilize electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to operate pumps, gates, and valves to lift, convey, and transport water at high rates of delivery and large volumes. (Diversion dams, pumping plants, and canals with capacity of 500 cubic feet per second (CFS) or larger).
  3. I have served as the lead or senior engineer or have engineering experience in performing operation and maintenance activities pertaining to similar facilities that are smaller in scale in terms of rate of delivery and volume. (Capacity less than 500 CFS)
  4. I have experience performing operation and maintenance functions of facilities that transport water or other fluids through open or closed systems using electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment.
  5. I have education and training in operation and maintenance of water conveyance facilities.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following features have you applied civil engineering concepts, principles and practices associated with hydraulic and structural engineering related to water conveyance facilities.
  1. Canals
  2. Pressure Pipeline Distribution systems
  3. Bridges
  4. Diversion dams
  5. Fish Facilities
  6. Roads
  7. Pipelines
  8. Tunnels
  9. None of the above


* 7.Select the response that best describes your experience with business management practices such as developing plans, deriving budgets, controlling projects, and increasing operating efficiencies. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. Staff assignments in engineering and construction projects or programs valued up to $5M.
  2. Staff assignments in engineering and construction projects or programs valued $5M or greater.
  3. Management assignments in engineering and construction projects or programs valued up to $5M.
  4. Management assignments in engineering and construction projects or programs valued $5M or greater.
  5. None of the above


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates.
  1. I analyzed bids received from contractors for heavy civil projects to determine reasons for variations.
  2. I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  3. I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  4. I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  5. I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  6. I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  7. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  8. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  9. I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  10. I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  11. I prepared/reviewed hazardous waste assessment (resource needs) and remedial action (remediation) estimates.
  12. I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  13. None of the above.


* 9.Select the one response that best describes your responsibilities for approving construction cost estimates for technical adequacy, reasonableness, and conformance with regulations.
  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.


* 10.Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying concepts, principles and practices of civil engineering as related to design and/or operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete storage dams.
  1. I have served as an engineer responsible for design and/or operation and maintenance of earth or concrete dams with mechanical, electrical, and/or hydraulic operating systems greater than 30 feet in height.
  2. I have served as an engineer responsible for design and/or operation and maintenance of earth or concrete dams with mechanical, electrical, and/or hydraulic operating systems less than 30 feet in height.
  3. I have performed civil engineering work for design and operation and maintenance of large storage dams and reservoirs.
  4. I have experience performing engineering work for design and operation and maintenance of small structures that impound water.
  5. I have education and/or some training in the design and operation and maintenance of water structures, but have not performed this function.
  6. None of the above


* 11.Select the one response that best describes the extent of your experience in reservoir management or civil/hydraulic engineering.
  1. I have some work experience in the reservoir management field, but mostly dealing with basic or routine hydrologic issues.
  2. I have work experience in reservoir management or civil/hydraulic engineering and have dealt with several, very complex water management issues, such as those that may have involved transmountain or transbasin diversion projects, controversy, litigation, application or modification of reservoir system models, allocation of reservoir supply, forecasting of reservoir supply.
  3. I have supervised other hydrologists or civil/hydraulic engineers involved in hydrology issues.
  4. Both 2 and 3.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.Select the response(s) that best describes your professional knowledge of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment in order to evaluate and make comparative analyses of bids or modification proposals.
  1. I have professional engineering experience providing construction oversight activities such as field inspection, contract administration, cost tracking, and monthly payment voucher preparation.
  2. I have been involved in the preparation of bids, plans and specifications, solicitation of bids, and review of bid proposals for construction contracts.
  3. I have knowledge of construction trade practices, methods, techniques, and equipment necessary to determine the adequacy and economic feasibility of contractors proposals.
  4. I have experience, course work, or training in construction-related costs estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience writing report(s) to document examinations and inspections of civil structure facilities.
  1. I have written technical reports for civil structure facilities.
  2. I have written design summaries and/or designer's operating criteria for civil structure facilities.
  3. I have written standards for civil structure facility design and/or installation.
  4. I have written construction specifications for civil structure facilities.
  5. I have written planning reports for civil structure facilities.
  6. I have written specialized guidance for use by other professionals.
  7. None of the above


* 14.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience in applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices associated with concrete, concrete making materials, repair of mass concrete structures, and grouting for water resources infrastructure.
  1. I have analyzed field conditions and service performance requirements and recommended effective and appropriate materials, specifications, and methods for new construction and maintenance and repair of existing structures.
  2. I have identified causes for concrete durability problems, identified and evaluated alternatives for remedial measures which may include both standard procedures and state of the art technology.
  3. I have performed laboratory research which includes concrete materials testing, evaluation and testing of concrete repair materials, concrete mixing proportioning investigations, testing the properties of fresh concrete, and evaluations of the properties of hardened concrete.
  4. I have performed materials sampling and inspection, review of concrete quality control and compliance with specifications, assessment of the condition of concrete infrastructure, development and review of construction specifications for concrete construction and concrete repair.
  5. I have served as the Senior Engineer in concrete technology in the design, constructon, maintenence, and repair of concrete structures.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in contracting for engineering services.
  1. I have written scopes of work.
  2. I have prepared the cost estimate.
  3. I have performed site surveys.
  4. I have been responsible for contractor selection.
  5. I have conducted formal negotiations with contractors.
  6. I have monitored contractor performance.
  7. I have conducted project or design reviews.
  8. I have evaluated contractor bids.
  9. I have performed inspection work and have accepted or rejected work performed by contractors.
  10. I do not have experience in contracting for engineering services.


* 16.Select the response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specification drawings to prepare construction cost estimates for work on dams, pumping plants, power-houses, or other similar type water projects features.
  2. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret specifications and basic engineering drawings so as to be able to prepare take off quantities necessary for preparation of construction cost estimates.
  3. I am familiar with shop drawings, building blueprints, and construction drawings used for construction projects in general.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 17.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge or experience in preparing construction schedules for cost estimating.
  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.


* 18.Which of the following engineering functions have you performed as a regular part of your job? Check all that apply.
  1. Development of engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating
  3. Analysis of engineering alternatives
  4. Participation in Value Engineering Studies
  5. Development of specifications for construction
  6. Development of Construction Contract Documents
  7. Administration of Construction Contracts
  8. Review of draft design, specifications and contracts with written comments
  9. Collection of design data
  10. Evaluated structural problems and outlined possible corrective actions
  11. Established guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  12. Construction Management
  13. Construction Inspection
  14. Environmental and Cultural Resource Compliance
  15. Project operation and maintenance
  16. None of the above


* 19.Select the response(s) that you have experience doing in a work setting.
  1. I have direct work experience operating complex reservoir systems such as those that may have involved scheduling movement of water between reservoirs for delivery and/or power production.
  2. I have developed reservoir system models.
  3. I have forecasted supply for a single river basin.
  4. I have forecasted supply for several river basins.
  5. I have developed annual operating plans for reservoirs.
  6. I have analyzed water management proposals as they pertain to water rights, administration or operations.
  7. I have worked with state or other entities in coordination of reservoir operations.
  8. I have drafted cooperative agreements with other entities on complex reservoir or river system operations.
  9. I have not had experience, education, or training in this area.


* 20.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.


* 21.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation:
  1. I have practical working experience in emergency management and early warning systems and assisted others in the application of methods and procedures in emergency action planning.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have facilitated emergency activities, including coordination of planning, emergency exercises, and related project activities with representatives from other agencies, local and/or state officials, and colleagues in other offices on emergency management and early warning systems program issues.
  3. In addition to the tasks above, I have led the development and exercise of emergency action plans, development of appropriate emergency command and decision procedures, and the exercise of decision and emergency response procedures.
  4. In addition to the tasks above, I have conducted and/or reviewed analyses of the threat posed to human lives from the failure or modified operation of water regulation facilities.
  5. In addition to the tasks above, I have served as a technical source expert providing expertise on necessary policy, directives, guidance and technical training materials to enhance the effective design and maintenance of early warning systems and emergency management programs related to Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program. I have been consulted for expertise on the necessary regulations, development of position papers and instructions related to emergency management aspects of Reclamation facilities.
  6. In addition to the tasks above, I have provided liaison and coordination with other Federal, state, and local agencies and private organizations during unusual conditions and emergency situations affecting Reclamation facilities.
  7. I have no experience providing leadership in such work situations.


* 22.Select the response(s) that describes your interpersonal communication skills that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet program objectives.
  2. I have interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to support staff or co-workers.
  4. I have imposed consequences and held others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards.
  5. I have persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to improve operations or to meet new standards.
  6. I have diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  7. None of the above.


* 23.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively interact with customers, stakeholders, and interested parties.
  1. I have experience in presenting information on technical issues to employees of federal, state, local and tribal governments; water user groups; environmental groups; recreation groups, or the public in a manner that is understandable to people who may be unfamiliar with the issues.
  2. I have experience in working with irrigation district staff and board-of-directors, water user groups, farmers, or ranchers to gain an understanding of their position on technical or controversial issues and respond to their concerns in a non-threatening way.
  3. I have experience in considering differing points of view and accepting criticism in meetings with customers, stakeholders, and the public without becoming angry or antagonistic.
  4. I have experience in remaining calm and persuading others to consider the information I am presenting or the position I represent in situations where the audience may be difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  5. I have experience in conveying information to customers, stakeholders, and interested parties in an open, friendly, and honest manner to build trust and working relationships.
  6. None of the above.


* 24.Select the response which best describes your written communication skills.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and evaluated by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and evaluated by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis, or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area.
  4. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  5. None of the above.


* 25.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your experience in assuring facilities and/or programs are accessible to disabled persons.
  1. I have attended accessibility training.
  2. I have experience in the legally mandated evaluation process.
  3. I have used accessibility standards and guidelines.
  4. I have conducted an accessibility evaluation.
  5. I have coordinated with appropriate personnel to arrange for available funding sources (e.g., Title 28) to complete accessibility projects.
  6. I have included accessibility personnel in recreation site design reviews.
  7. I have explained responsibilities for providing accessible facilities or programs under the law to individuals or groups.
  8. I have interpreted accessibility or other standards and guidelines and explained to others how to implement them in recreation design.
  9. I have worked with non-federal entities who manage federal land on an agency?s behalf to implement requirements under federal law.
  10. I have worked with an accessibility coordinator to assure all affected positions (e.g. construction inspectors, designers, contract specialists, illustrators, public affairs personnel, budget personnel, managers, recreation specialists, landscape architects, etc.) have been included in a project to assure accessibility to persons with disabilities.
  11. I have provided training to others on accessibility law, standards and guidelines, or internal processes.
  12. I am aware of, know who to contact about, or understand the purpose of accessibility record keeping and reporting systems.
  13. None of the above






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