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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed one year of graduate level education directly related to the work of this position as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


Grade: All Grades
1.Select the response that best describes your experience in the collection of hydrologic data from water meter stations and the computation of daily and monthly discharge rates.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


2.Select the response that best describes your experience using standard velocity meters to conduct flow measurements on water diversion systems and determine amount of discharge.
  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.


3.Select the response that best describes your experience using the 0.6, 0.2, or 0.8 method for mechanical velocity meters, time travel method and float stick method to conduct discharge measurements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in using these methods, but have yet to perform it on the job.
  3. I have experience using at least one of the methods to conduct discharge measurements.
  4. I have experience using all three methods to calculate accurate discharge measurements under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have used all three methods. I have independently determined and use the best method(s) based on water flow and staging conditions to accurately calculate discharge measurements.


4.Select the option that describes your experience in estimating values for periods of missing discharge records and non-routine flow, such as tidal, backwater, ice periods, non-transmission of electronic data, or equipment failure, by comparing records and correcting inconsistencies in the 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.


5.Select the option that describes your experience in retrieving, downloading and reviewing hydrologic data from data loggers, ensuring data integrity and quality.
  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.


6.Select all hydrologic instrumentation you have used and tested in the field and office.
  1. Data collection platforms
  2. Electronic data loggers
  3. Solar charging systems
  4. Shaft encoders
  5. Pressure transducers(submersible and non-submersible)
  6. Acoustic Doppler velocity meters
  7. Current Meters
  8. Water Quality portable meters
  9. Water Quality electronic probe meters
  10. Multi-satellite transmitter w/logger
  11. None of the above


7.Select the response that best describes your experience operating, calibrating and maintaining current meters to assure accuracy of water measurements or data collected.
  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.


8.Select the answers that indicate the equipment maintenance that you have been responsible for while performing hydrologic related duties.
  1. Calibrate water-quality meters and analytical equipment.
  2. Construct and disassemble gauges, gauging stations, and supporting structures.
  3. Maintain, service and test current meters and related equipment.
  4. Install, maintain and service sensing, recording and communications instrumentation and associated equipment.
  5. Use snow sampling tubes to measure snow.
  6. None of the above.


9.Select the response that best describes your experience performing water meter maintenance and repair in a work shop.
  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 option that describes your experience in the modification, and repair of gauging stations.
  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 option that describes your ability to calculate and apply shifts and data corrections to stream flow records following specific guidelines and procedures.
  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.


12.Select the option that best describes your experience generating hydrologic ratings and final record.
  1. I have generated stage discharge ratings and tables
  2. I have generated velocity index ratings
  3. I have generated stage discharge and velocity index ratings and tables
  4. I have generated final record (from staff gauge readings, mechanical recorder charts, and/or electronic logging devices)
  5. I have generated and reviewed stage discharge and velocity index ratings and tables
  6. I have generated and reviewed stage discharge and velocity index ratings, tables and generated final record
  7. None of the above


13.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


14.Select the mathematical calculations you have routinely applied on the job to accomplish work assignments.
  1. Basic arithmetic
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Calculus
  6. None of the above


15.Select the response that best describes your experience communicating with landowners or water districts to resolve inconsistencies or disputes in water discharge measurements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


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

        BRANCHED: 1.Provide your driver’s license number, state in which issued, and expiration date of license.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


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


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


19.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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