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


* 2.Select the one response that most accurately reflects your highest level of experience managing water and/or natural resources projects.
  1. I have not managed a water and/or natural resources project.
  2. I have been a water and/or natural resources specialist assigned to carry out components of projects, but have not been assigned responsibilities to lead or manage a project.
  3. I have been a lead technical specialist with responsibility for carrying out one or more water and/or natural resources projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year.
  4. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more water and/or natural resources projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year.
  5. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (over one year) water and/or natural resources projects.
  6. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out long term water and/or resources projects concurrently.


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


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your engineering experience in the application of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment to evaluate and make comparative analyses of bids or modification proposals.
  1. I have experience performing construction oversight activities such as field inspections, contract administration, cost tracking, and monthly payment voucher preparation.
  2. I have experience providing technical engineering guidance in the preparation of bids, plans and specifications, solicitation of bids, and review of bid proposals for construction contracts.
  3. I have experience in the application 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 preparing construction-related cost estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience with environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the ESA.
  1. I have no experience with the ESA process.
  2. I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  3. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Biological Assessment (BA).
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for preparation of the ESA component for the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
  5. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of the RMP and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD).
  6. I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.


* 6.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M. if related.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the one response that most accurately reflects your highest level of experience managing water and/or natural resources projects.
  1. I have not managed a water and/or natural resources project.
  2. I have been a water and/or natural resources specialist assigned to carry out components of projects, but have not been assigned responsibilities to lead or manage a project.
  3. I have been a lead technical specialist with responsibility for carrying out one or more water and/or natural resources projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year.
  4. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more water and/or natural resources projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year.
  5. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (over one year) water and/or natural resources projects.
  6. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out long term water and/or resources projects concurrently.


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


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your engineering experience in the application of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment to evaluate and make comparative analyses of bids or modification proposals.
  1. I have experience performing construction oversight activities such as field inspections, contract administration, cost tracking, and monthly payment voucher preparation.
  2. I have experience providing technical engineering guidance in the preparation of bids, plans and specifications, solicitation of bids, and review of bid proposals for construction contracts.
  3. I have experience in the application 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 preparing construction-related cost estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience with environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the ESA.
  1. I have no experience with the ESA process.
  2. I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  3. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Biological Assessment (BA).
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for preparation of the ESA component for the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
  5. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of the RMP and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD).
  6. I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.


* 6.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose one answer that best describes your specialized experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the one response that most accurately reflects your highest level of experience managing water and/or natural resources projects.
  1. I have not managed a water and/or natural resources project.
  2. I have been a water and/or natural resources specialist assigned to carry out components of projects, but have not been assigned responsibilities to lead or manage a project.
  3. I have been a lead technical specialist with responsibility for carrying out one or more water and/or natural resources projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year.
  4. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more water and/or natural resources projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year.
  5. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (over one year) water and/or natural resources projects.
  6. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out long term water and/or resources projects concurrently.


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


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your engineering experience in the application of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment to evaluate and make comparative analyses of bids or modification proposals.
  1. I have experience performing construction oversight activities such as field inspections, contract administration, cost tracking, and monthly payment voucher preparation.
  2. I have experience providing technical engineering guidance in the preparation of bids, plans and specifications, solicitation of bids, and review of bid proposals for construction contracts.
  3. I have experience in the application 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 preparing construction-related cost estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience with environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the ESA.
  1. I have no experience with the ESA process.
  2. I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  3. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Biological Assessment (BA).
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for preparation of the ESA component for the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
  5. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of the RMP and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD).
  6. I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.


* 6.Please select the one response that best characterizes the leadership you have provided in a work situation.
  1. I have routinely taken the lead to accomplish a specific team task or assignment.
  2. In addition to the task above, I have routinely led a team for which I set goals, milestones and expectations; planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members; followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones; and reported progress to upper management.
  3. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I provided technical guidance; coached and mentored the team members to achieve desired results; reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness; and represented the team’s final product to upper management.
  4. In addition to the tasks listed above, I have normally led a team for which I obtained and committed resources; resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members; represented team requirements or accomplishments to higher management; evaluated the results of the completed team assignment; and recommended changes to improve team performance.
  5. 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.

* 1.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I understand that information I give may be investigated for purposes of determining eligibility. I consent to the release of information about my ability for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations to authorized representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for financial institutions, medical institutions and other sources, a separate release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.

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.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 3.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


4.Provide specific information about your response to the previous question (i.e. professor's name and place of employment; college or university name; job/career fair and location held; friend's name; etc.).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Select the response(s) which indicate the types of related engineering disciplines you have working knowledge in.
  1. Mechanical
  2. Electrical
  3. Civil
  4. Architectural
  5. Structural
  6. Environmental
  7. General
  8. Landscape Architect
  9. Industrial
  10. Materials
  11. None of the above


* 6.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in planning a water resources investigation.
  1. I have formulated project goals in agreement with management, stakeholders and customers.
  2. I have developed and implemented planning strategies to accomplish project goals.
  3. I have developed approaches and was successful in determining project feasibility and cost effectiveness.
  4. I have successfully projected and visualized future needs for projects.
  5. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to teams or team members.
  6. I have involved the general public in project studies.
  7. I have built consensus among stakeholders, customers and other outside organizations regarding their visions.
  8. I have organized, developed and motivated management and technical teams.
  9. I have developed agreements between stakeholders/customers.
  10. I have developed work contracts to accomplish work goals.
  11. I have modified and/or terminated actions and changed strategies as necessary to complete the project.
  12. I have had no experience in planning a water resources investigation.


* 7.Select from the choice(s) below the types of documents produced as a result of your participation in water/natural resource investigations.
  1. Reconnaissance Study Report
  2. Appraisal Study Report
  3. Plan Formulation Report
  4. Feasibility Report
  5. Special Study Report
  6. Design Memorandum
  7. Environmental Assessment
  8. Environmental Impact Statement
  9. Biological Assessment
  10. Resource Management Plan
  11. Environmental Impact Report
  12. Conservation Implementation Plan
  13. Categorical Exclusion Checklist
  14. Finding of No Significant Impact
  15. Other
  16. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience developing, reading, and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have assisted in the preparation of engineering drawings and specifications in the design of a civil works project.
  2. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specification drawings in the inspection or construction of a civil works project.
  3. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret specifications and basic engineering drawings.
  4. I am familiar with engineering and construction drawings and specifications used for construction projects in general.
  5. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 9.I have knowledge of and experience in the Federal budget process as it relates to project formulation (out year budgeting).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.I have knowledge of and experience in the Federal budget process as it relates to project implementation (current year budgeting).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Select the one response that describes your experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  1. I have no experience with the NEPA process or any other environmental document process.
  2. I have no experience with the NEPA process, but have experience with another environmental document process.
  3. I have received training or education in the NEPA process, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the analysis of a NEPA document.
  5. I have led a study team in the analysis and development of a NEPA document.


* 12.Select the response that best describes your experience researching, interpreting, and applying regulations and court decisions related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and/or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  1. I have no experience researching, interpreting, and applying regulations and court decisions related to the ESA or NEPA.
  2. I have served on a team that was responsible for researching, interpreting, and applying regulations and court decisions related to the ESA or NEPA and contributed to a consensus opinion to be presented to upper management.
  3. I have independently researched, interpreted, and applied regulations and court decisions related to the ESA or NEPA and presented this information to others, including making recommendations on courses of action and/or policy to upper management.
  4. I served in a lead role on a team that was responsible for researching, interpreting, and applying regulations and court decisions related to the ESA or NEPA and presented the team's conclusions and recommendations to senior management.
  5. In addition to taking a lead role in researching, interpreting, and applying regulations and court decisions related to the ESA or NEPA, I have also been involved with the development of related agency policy and advising senior management.


* 13.Select the answer that best describes your experience in the project planning process, including alternative evaluation, alternative selection, public involvement, and consideration of applicable laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in applying the conducting analyses as part of the planning process.
  2. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting analyses as part of the planning process.
  3. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into analyses or requirements of the planning process.
  4. I have education in the principles associated with the planning process, but do not have experience in the planning process in a work setting.
  5. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 14.Please choose those answers that best describe your experience working on a team or as a team leader.
  1. Experience leading a multi-disciplinary team on projects or studies.
  2. Experience as a team leader responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating work tasks.
  3. Experience as a team leader responsible for setting work priorities and defining critical work paths.
  4. Experience as a team leader responsible for monitoring performance and implementation to meet goals and objectives related to the organization's mission.
  5. Experience as a team member with some responsibility for planning performance and implementation of projects and studies to meet goals and objectives related to the organization’s mission.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Select the one response that most accurately reflects your highest level of involvement in a planning study.
  1. I have participated as a planning study team member to assist in developing planning products generated by another study team member.
  2. I have served in a lead capacity for a single-purpose planning project or as a co-lead on a multi-purpose project.
  3. I have served in a lead capacity for coordinating and directing multi-faceted planning studies.
  4. None of the above.


* 16.Select the response that best describes your experience in identifying alternatives and recommending solutions to problems in a work situation.
  1. I have education or training in problem solving processes, but limited experience in using the processes on the job.
  2. I have interacted with and exchanged factual and technical information with co-workers who perform related work in order to resolve common or recurring issues and problems.
  3. I have provided advice and guidance on general work problems in a functional area that could be solved by applying standard approaches, methods and/or technology.
  4. I have provided recommendations for solutions to multi-functional work problems that required knowledge of and/or experience in each of the functions.
  5. I have developed alternatives that required considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex work problems where precedents do not exist.
  6. I have led brainstorming or concept-development sessions to determine solutions and action plans for highly complex work problems that cross organizational or program areas.
  7. None of the above.


* 17.Please select all the following responses 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, and local governments; special interest groups (e.g., water users, environmental groups, recreational groups); or the public in a manner that is understandable to those who may be unfamiliar with the issues.
  2. I have experience in working with clients, organizational representatives, customers (including interested groups and potential audiences) 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 while 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.


* 18.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing written documents.
  1. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  2. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  3. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  4. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  5. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  6. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  7. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of civil structures, or hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical equipment.
  8. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  9. None of the above.


* 19.Select the following statement(s) that describe the in-person communication services you have provided as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have maintained contacts and acted as liaison with agency and non-agency Federal employees and contractor employees in order to convey detailed information about policies and regulations, and have rendered necessary assistance.
  2. I have explained technical or other complex information orally.
  3. I have promoted, developed and maintained good working relationships with key individuals and/or groups.
  4. I have served as a liaison making contact with a variety of individuals for the purpose of conveying information.
  5. I have responded verbally to inquiries or requests for information.
  6. I have explained technical information.
  7. I have conducted or facilitated briefings, meetings or conferences.
  8. None of the above.






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