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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Have you recently been separated from Federal service after serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and are currently CTAP or ICTAP eligible?
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.GS-9 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have successfully completed a 4-year degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience - coursework as described above which included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 4.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. 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 physical science 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.


* 5.Select the response that describes your experience in river field assessments to form hypotheses related to geomorphic, hydraulic, and sediment transport processes that lead you to design and implement data collection programs related to those hypotheses.
  1. I have led or managed field assessment teams of engineers, hydrologist, or geologists where hypotheses were formulated and data collection programs were designed and implemented to test those hypotheses.
  2. I have participated in field assessment teams where hypotheses were formulated and data collection programs were designed and implemented to test those hypotheses.
  3. I have participated in field assessment and data collection programs, but did not form hypotheses.
  4. I have education in field assessment and data collection programs, but I have not yet performed these duties on the job.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Select the following activities you have performed when working on design and implementation of river or reservoir data collection programs for engineering investigations.
  1. Topographic surveys of river channels and flood plains
  2. Bathymetric surveys of river channels or reservoirs
  3. River velocity measurements
  4. Geomorphic mapping
  5. Suspended sediment concentration measurements
  6. Bed-load measurements
  7. Bed-material size gradation measurements
  8. None of the above


* 7.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


* 8.Select the technical skill(s) you have applied in geomorphic, hydraulic, or sediment transport processes studies.
  1. Numerical modeling of river hydraulics
  2. Numerical modeling of sediment transport, erosion, and deposition
  3. Geographic Information Systems
  4. Flood inundation mapping
  5. Reservoir sedimentation predictions
  6. Development of sediment management plans for river systems, reservoirs, or dam removal
  7. Environmental impact assessment related to the river channel sedimentation, river-bed erosion, or channel migration
  8. None of the above


* 9.Select the stakeholder(s) to whom you have made river or reservoir sedimentation engineering or geomorphology technical presentations.
  1. Federal agency representatives
  2. State agency representatives
  3. Indian tribe representatives
  4. Irrigation district representatives
  5. Local government representatives
  6. Land owners
  7. Environmental groups
  8. General public
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select the response that best describes your ability to work independently on sediment transport or river engineering studies.
  1. I have performed as a Team Leader or Project Manager on sedimentation or river engineering studies.
  2. I have performed sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering analyses independently, completing it with little or no mentoring.
  3. I have performed sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering analyses under close supervision by a senior employee, supervisor or manager.
  4. I understand the work processes or methods for completing sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering analyses, but have not performed these duties on the job.
  5. None of the above


* 11.Select the response that best defines your experience in water resource engineering computer application development and programming.
  1. I have written code for one or more stand alone or local applications.
  2. I have written code for several units or components of a larger application and have integrated them into complete modules or into the full application.
  3. I have written code for several units or components of numerous applications and have integrated the units into complete modules or full applications.
  4. I have fully designed, programmed, tested, documented and implemented multi-tasking application systems.
  5. I have fully designed, programmed, tested, documented and implemented application systems that support transaction processing and information sharing across a user community that extends to several geographically dispersed offices served by a common network.
  6. I do not have experience in application development and programming.


* 12.Select the one response that describes your experience in software and database development using various programming languages.
  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.


* 13.Select the project management skill(s) you have applied to sediment transport or river engineering projects or studies.
  1. Develop study plans that include scope of work, schedules, and cost estimates
  2. Monitor budgets and schedules to ensure that work is completed on time and within budget
  3. Completion of project status reports
  4. Documenting changes to scope or work, schedule, or budget
  5. Written and oral communications with the team members and clients to keep the project progressing smoothly
  6. None of the above


* 14.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience with written communication.
  1. I was the sole or primary author of one or more peer-reviewed journal articles related to sediment transport or river engineering.
  2. I was the sole or primary author of conference proceedings papers related to sediment transport or river engineering.
  3. I was the sole or primary author of comprehensive final reports to clients on the work performed on sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering projects.
  4. I was the secondary author of comprehensive final reports to clients on the work performed on sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering projects.
  5. I have provided peer review on other's writing including providing the final edits to documents that are transmitted to clients or higher management.
  6. None of the above


* 15.Select all responses that describe your ability to present sedimentation or river hydraulics information to others.
  1. I have presented the results of a technical study within my organization to those with a background similar to mine and familiar with the study.
  2. I have presented the results of a technical study within my organization to those with a different technical background or little knowledge of the study.
  3. I have presented the results of a technical study to resource managers with different technical backgrounds.
  4. I have presented the results of a technical study to local stakeholders.
  5. I have presented the results of a technical study to a workshop, class or conference.
  6. I was an invited speaker for a technical class or conference.
  7. 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.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have successfully completed a 4-year degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience - coursework as described above which included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 4.GS-11 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-9 level in the Federal service as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in physical science 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 requirement as described above.


* 5.Select the response that describes your experience in river field assessments to form hypotheses related to geomorphic, hydraulic, and sediment transport processes that lead you to design and implement data collection programs related to those hypotheses.
  1. I have led or managed field assessment teams of engineers, hydrologist, or geologists where hypotheses were formulated and data collection programs were designed and implemented to test those hypotheses.
  2. I have participated in field assessment teams where hypotheses were formulated and data collection programs were designed and implemented to test those hypotheses.
  3. I have participated in field assessment and data collection programs, but did not form hypotheses.
  4. I have education in field assessment and data collection programs, but I have not yet performed these duties on the job.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Select the following activities you have performed when working on design and implementation of river or reservoir data collection programs for engineering investigations.
  1. Topographic surveys of river channels and flood plains
  2. Bathymetric surveys of river channels or reservoirs
  3. River velocity measurements
  4. Geomorphic mapping
  5. Suspended sediment concentration measurements
  6. Bed-load measurements
  7. Bed-material size gradation measurements
  8. None of the above


* 7.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


* 8.Select the technical skill(s) you have applied in geomorphic, hydraulic, or sediment transport processes studies.
  1. Numerical modeling of river hydraulics
  2. Numerical modeling of sediment transport, erosion, and deposition
  3. Geographic Information Systems
  4. Flood inundation mapping
  5. Reservoir sedimentation predictions
  6. Development of sediment management plans for river systems, reservoirs, or dam removal
  7. Environmental impact assessment related to the river channel sedimentation, river-bed erosion, or channel migration
  8. None of the above


* 9.Select the stakeholder(s) to whom you have made river or reservoir sedimentation engineering or geomorphology technical presentations.
  1. Federal agency representatives
  2. State agency representatives
  3. Indian tribe representatives
  4. Irrigation district representatives
  5. Local government representatives
  6. Land owners
  7. Environmental groups
  8. General public
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select the response that best describes your ability to work independently on sediment transport or river engineering studies.
  1. I have performed as a Team Leader or Project Manager on sedimentation or river engineering studies.
  2. I have performed sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering analyses independently, completing it with little or no mentoring.
  3. I have performed sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering analyses under close supervision by a senior employee, supervisor or manager.
  4. I understand the work processes or methods for completing sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering analyses, but have not performed these duties on the job.
  5. None of the above


* 11.Select the response that best defines your experience in water resource engineering computer application development and programming.
  1. I have written code for one or more stand alone or local applications.
  2. I have written code for several units or components of a larger application and have integrated them into complete modules or into the full application.
  3. I have written code for several units or components of numerous applications and have integrated the units into complete modules or full applications.
  4. I have fully designed, programmed, tested, documented and implemented multi-tasking application systems.
  5. I have fully designed, programmed, tested, documented and implemented application systems that support transaction processing and information sharing across a user community that extends to several geographically dispersed offices served by a common network.
  6. I do not have experience in application development and programming.


* 12.Select the one response that describes your experience in software and database development using various programming languages.
  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.


* 13.Select the project management skill(s) you have applied to sediment transport or river engineering projects or studies.
  1. Develop study plans that include scope of work, schedules, and cost estimates
  2. Monitor budgets and schedules to ensure that work is completed on time and within budget
  3. Completion of project status reports
  4. Documenting changes to scope or work, schedule, or budget
  5. Written and oral communications with the team members and clients to keep the project progressing smoothly
  6. None of the above


* 14.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience with written communication.
  1. I was the sole or primary author of one or more peer-reviewed journal articles related to sediment transport or river engineering.
  2. I was the sole or primary author of conference proceedings papers related to sediment transport or river engineering.
  3. I was the sole or primary author of comprehensive final reports to clients on the work performed on sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering projects.
  4. I was the secondary author of comprehensive final reports to clients on the work performed on sedimentation or river hydraulics engineering projects.
  5. I have provided peer review on other's writing including providing the final edits to documents that are transmitted to clients or higher management.
  6. None of the above


* 15.Select all responses that describe your ability to present sedimentation or river hydraulics information to others.
  1. I have presented the results of a technical study within my organization to those with a background similar to mine and familiar with the study.
  2. I have presented the results of a technical study within my organization to those with a different technical background or little knowledge of the study.
  3. I have presented the results of a technical study to resource managers with different technical backgrounds.
  4. I have presented the results of a technical study to local stakeholders.
  5. I have presented the results of a technical study to a workshop, class or conference.
  6. I was an invited speaker for a technical class or conference.
  7. None of the above






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