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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 in a field of study related to the duties of this position OR LL.B., 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.Please select the one statement that best describes your experience in environmental resources as it relates to fish and wildlife management.
  1. I have experience in managing and directing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impacts in fish and/or wildlife management.
  2. I have experience in performing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impact in fish and/or wildlife management.
  3. I have experience in natural resources directly associated with at least one of the disciplines connected with fish and/or wildlife management.
  4. I have experience in natural resources indirectly associated with at least one of the disciplines connected with fish and/or wildlife management.
  5. I have limited to no experience in disciplines connected with fish and/or wildlife management.


* 3.Please select the one statement that best describes your experience in environmental resource management activities as related to water and associated land projects.
  1. I have experience in managing and directing environmental resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impacts associated with water and associated land projects.
  2. I have experience in performing environmental resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impact associated with water and associated land projects.
  3. I have experience in environmental resource management activities directly associated with water and/or land projects.
  4. I have experience in environmental resource management activities, but my experience was not associated with water and/or land projects.
  5. I have limited to no experience in environmental resource management activities.


* 4.Please select the one statement that best describes your experience in natural resource management activities as related to water and associated land projects.
  1. I have experience in managing and directing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impacts associated with water and associated land projects.
  2. I have experience in performing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impact associated with water and associated land projects.
  3. I have experience in natural resource management activities directly associated with water and/or land projects.
  4. I have experience in natural resource management activities, but my experience was not associated with water and/or land projects.
  5. I have limited to no experience in natural resource management activities.


* 5.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of NEPA/CEQA.
  1. I have no experience with the NEPA/CEQA process.
  2. I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists/ Notice of Exemption for projects.
  3. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Initial Study and subsequent FONSI/ Negative Declaration.
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and/or an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
  5. I was the principal author and responsible for the final preparation of the RMP, EA, IS, EIR and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Negative Declaration or Record of Decision (ROD).


* 6.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it related to implementing the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  1. I have no experience with the NEPA 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 an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  5. I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
  6. I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EIS and the subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).


* 7.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of 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 to develop a Biological Assessment (BA).
  4. I have particiapted in an interdisciplinary team in preparing the ESA component of a programmatic Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement.
  5. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or EIS and subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
  6. I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve the ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.


* 8.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of ESA.
  1. I have no experience with the ESA process.
  2. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team to develop a Biological Assessment (BA).
  3. I have participated on an interdisciplinary team to prepare the ESA component of a programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA)and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  4. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or EIS and subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
  5. I have extensive experience leading complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for Biological Assessments, Biological Opinions, reasonable and prudent alternatives, and incidental take statements.


* 9.Please select the one response that best describes 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, recreation 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.


* 10.Select the response that best describes the complexity of your resources management work experience.
  1. I have worked with controversial resources management issues such as those involving multiple agencies, litigation, or multiple river basins.
  2. I have served as an agency representative on controversial issues, such as those involving multiple agencies, litigation, or multiple river basins at meetings with representatives from other agencies.
  3. I am often consulted as the office technical expert on resources management issues.
  4. I have been called to testify in court as the agency's technical expert.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.Please select the one response that best describes your experience in communicating within a team, with people of varying work backgrounds and attitudes.
  1. I have successfully led or managed three or more teams of three or more technical/scientific participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce project documents or to work through contentious issues.
  2. I have successfully led or managed one to two teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce a scientific product or work through contentious issues.
  3. I have directly and successfully participated in three or more teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce a scientific product or work through contentious issues.
  4. I have directly and successfully participated in at least one team of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  5. I have limited to no experience in working on a team comprised of participants with diverse interests engaged in product development, or brought together to work through contentious issues.


* 12.Select the one response that best describes your communication/briefing skills you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and the agency leadership.
  1. I have regularly communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in writing or in oral presentations.
  2. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. I have briefed managers outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I have demonstrated ability to build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  5. I have mediated problem and facilitated a resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal setting.
  6. I have conducted formal training sessions for groups large and small.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Select the responses that reflect your level of proficiency communicating water development or natural resources management issues.
  1. Maintain contacts with government agencies, user groups, conservation groups and professional organizations to provide and receive information concerning water development or natural resources management issues.
  2. Provide technical advice and coordination on water development or natural resources management issues.
  3. Represent the agency's views on water development or natural resources management issues to others in formal meetings.
  4. Participate as a team member in interdisciplinary work groups to prepare environmental documents.
  5. Negotiate sensitive matters concerning water development or natural resources management issues between individuals with divergent viewpoints.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.Please select the one response that best describes your experience in recognizing project contracting requirements, in developing scopes of work and task orders, and in performing Contracting Officer Representative (COR) duties.
  1. I regularly identify requirements, develop scopes of work, develop task orders, and perform the full scope of COR duties. I also monitor tasks to ensure they are accomplished within the timelines and budget.
  2. I write task orders, progress reports and perform related COR duties.
  3. I assist in writing task orders and provide progress reports to the COR.
  4. I have received COR training, but have not performed these duties.
  5. I have no training or experience as a COR.


* 15.Please select the one response that best describes your experience with coordinating and overseeing the work of private contractors.
  1. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contracts as a central or major part of my work, and I have trained others in the performance of this work, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  2. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors on a regular basis, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  3. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with contract requirements.
  4. I have received education or training in this type of work, but have yet to fully apply this knowledge in a work situation.
  5. I have not had experience, education or training in coordinating or overseeing the work of private contractors.


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.Please select the one statement that best describes your experience in environmental resources as it relates to fish and wildlife management.
  1. I have experience in managing and directing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impacts in fish and/or wildlife management.
  2. I have experience in performing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impact in fish and/or wildlife management.
  3. I have experience in natural resources directly associated with at least one of the disciplines connected with fish and/or wildlife management.
  4. I have experience in natural resources indirectly associated with at least one of the disciplines connected with fish and/or wildlife management.
  5. I have limited to no experience in disciplines connected with fish and/or wildlife management.


* 3.Please select the one statement that best describes your experience in environmental resource management activities as related to water and associated land projects.
  1. I have experience in managing and directing environmental resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impacts associated with water and associated land projects.
  2. I have experience in performing environmental resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impact associated with water and associated land projects.
  3. I have experience in environmental resource management activities directly associated with water and/or land projects.
  4. I have experience in environmental resource management activities, but my experience was not associated with water and/or land projects.
  5. I have limited to no experience in environmental resource management activities.


* 4.Please select the one statement that best describes your experience in natural resource management activities as related to water and associated land projects.
  1. I have experience in managing and directing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impacts associated with water and associated land projects.
  2. I have experience in performing natural resource monitoring and assessments, and ecosystem impact associated with water and associated land projects.
  3. I have experience in natural resource management activities directly associated with water and/or land projects.
  4. I have experience in natural resource management activities, but my experience was not associated with water and/or land projects.
  5. I have limited to no experience in natural resource management activities.


* 5.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of NEPA/CEQA.
  1. I have no experience with the NEPA/CEQA process.
  2. I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists/ Notice of Exemption for projects.
  3. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Initial Study and subsequent FONSI/ Negative Declaration.
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and/or an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
  5. I was the principal author and responsible for the final preparation of the RMP, EA, IS, EIR and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Negative Declaration or Record of Decision (ROD).


* 6.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it related to implementing the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  1. I have no experience with the NEPA 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 an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  4. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  5. I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
  6. I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EIS and the subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).


* 7.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of 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 to develop a Biological Assessment (BA).
  4. I have particiapted in an interdisciplinary team in preparing the ESA component of a programmatic Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement.
  5. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or EIS and subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
  6. I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve the ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.


* 8.Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of ESA.
  1. I have no experience with the ESA process.
  2. I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team to develop a Biological Assessment (BA).
  3. I have participated on an interdisciplinary team to prepare the ESA component of a programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA)and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  4. I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or EIS and subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
  5. I have extensive experience leading complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for Biological Assessments, Biological Opinions, reasonable and prudent alternatives, and incidental take statements.


* 9.Please select the one response that best describes 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, recreation 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.


* 10.Select the response that best describes the complexity of your resources management work experience.
  1. I have worked with controversial resources management issues such as those involving multiple agencies, litigation, or multiple river basins.
  2. I have served as an agency representative on controversial issues, such as those involving multiple agencies, litigation, or multiple river basins at meetings with representatives from other agencies.
  3. I am often consulted as the office technical expert on resources management issues.
  4. I have been called to testify in court as the agency's technical expert.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.Please select the one response that best describes your experience in communicating within a team, with people of varying work backgrounds and attitudes.
  1. I have successfully led or managed three or more teams of three or more technical/scientific participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce project documents or to work through contentious issues.
  2. I have successfully led or managed one to two teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce a scientific product or work through contentious issues.
  3. I have directly and successfully participated in three or more teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce a scientific product or work through contentious issues.
  4. I have directly and successfully participated in at least one team of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce products or work through contentious issues.
  5. I have limited to no experience in working on a team comprised of participants with diverse interests engaged in product development, or brought together to work through contentious issues.


* 12.Select the one response that best describes your communication/briefing skills you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and the agency leadership.
  1. I have regularly communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in writing or in oral presentations.
  2. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. I have briefed managers outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I have demonstrated ability to build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  5. I have mediated problem and facilitated a resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal setting.
  6. I have conducted formal training sessions for groups large and small.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Select the responses that reflect your level of proficiency communicating water development or natural resources management issues.
  1. Maintain contacts with government agencies, user groups, conservation groups and professional organizations to provide and receive information concerning water development or natural resources management issues.
  2. Provide technical advice and coordination on water development or natural resources management issues.
  3. Represent the agency's views on water development or natural resources management issues to others in formal meetings.
  4. Participate as a team member in interdisciplinary work groups to prepare environmental documents.
  5. Negotiate sensitive matters concerning water development or natural resources management issues between individuals with divergent viewpoints.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.Please select the one response that best describes your experience in recognizing project contracting requirements, in developing scopes of work and task orders, and in performing Contracting Officer Representative (COR) duties.
  1. I regularly identify requirements, develop scopes of work, develop task orders, and perform the full scope of COR duties. I also monitor tasks to ensure they are accomplished within the timelines and budget.
  2. I write task orders, progress reports and perform related COR duties.
  3. I assist in writing task orders and provide progress reports to the COR.
  4. I have received COR training, but have not performed these duties.
  5. I have no training or experience as a COR.


* 15.Please select the one response that best describes your experience with coordinating and overseeing the work of private contractors.
  1. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contracts as a central or major part of my work, and I have trained others in the performance of this work, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  2. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors on a regular basis, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  3. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with contract requirements.
  4. I have received education or training in this type of work, but have yet to fully apply this knowledge in a work situation.
  5. I have not had experience, education or training in coordinating or overseeing the work of private contractors.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you a disabled veteran with a 30% or more service-connected disability? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Indicate who officially rated your performance (e.g., immediate supervisor, 2nd level supervisor, acting supervisor, etc.). Also, indicate your rating in terms of the performance system (e.g., 3 level rating out of a 5-tier system; 2 level rating out of a 3-tier system; Pass rating out of a Pass/Fail system).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Indicate the type of recognition received (e.g., monetary award, time off award, safety award, plaque, etc.), for what purpose, and from whom (e.g., supervisor, co-worker, community or government official).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Are you applying under one (or more) of the special hiring authorities listed below? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application.
  1. Schedule A
  2. Schedule B
  3. Schedule C
  4. Veterans Recruitment Appointment
  5. 30% or More Disabled Veteran
  6. Returning Peace Corps Member
  7. VISTA Volunteer
  8. Student Career Experience Program
  9. Severely Disabled
  10. Presidential Management Intern Program
  11. Career Intern Program
  12. Other
  13. Not applicable


* 5.If you selected Schedule A, B, C, or “Other” please describe the specific special hiring authority for which you are claiming eligibility. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


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.

* 6.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


* 7.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


* 8.If you selected "other" above, please tell us how you found out about these positions.
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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