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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 3
* 1.ZP-3: In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-2) or GS-09 grade level in the federal service? OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of education and experience? See the "Qualifications" section for the definition of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have experience in the inclusion of environmental, spatial and/or ecosystem factors in analyses of population dynamics or ecological assessments?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Which best describes your level of knowledge (through formal education, work experience or training) of ecology and quantitative methods used to evaluate relationships between physical habitat and biological processes?
  1. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, but no formal job research experience.
  2. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and limited job experience as a member of a research team.
  3. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and considerable job experience as a member of a research team.
  4. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and considerable job experience as a principal investigator of a research team.
  5. I have neither training nor the experience.


* 4.What is your experience with mathematical modeling applied to natural populations? Examples of this are survival analyses, mark-recapture analyses, stock assessments, population dynamics modeling, spatial modeling, or species interaction modeling.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your experience working with remote sensing data?
  1. I have conducted large-scale (at least 1,000 km to continental) ecological analysis using remote sensing products with a fine temporal and spatial scale such as MODIS Aqua and Terra, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or a doctoral thesis.
  2. I have used remote sensing data in ecological analyses of medium-scale problems (100-1,000 km), as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or a doctoral thesis.
  3. I have used remote sensing data in ecological analyses of local-scale problems (1-10 km) , as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or a doctoral thesis.
  4. I have no experience using remote sensing data in ecological studies that has resulted in a peer-reviewed publication or doctoral thesis.


* 6.Do you have experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to organize and analyze environmental data and/or to inform natural resource management decisions?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Do you have experience authoring scientific manuscripts that have been successfully published in peer-reviewed literature?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Do you have experience abstracting and communicating complex scientific issues for government resource managers and the general public?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: 4
* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0408, Ecology Series, because I have:
  1. A degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences which included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
  2. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0408 Ecology Series.


* 2.ZP-4: In addition to the meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-3) or GS-12 grade level in the federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience in the inclusion of environmental, spatial and/or ecosystem factors in analyses of population dynamics or ecological assessments?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Which best describes your level of knowledge (through formal education, work experience or training) of ecology and quantitative methods used to evaluate relationships between physical habitat and biological processes?
  1. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, but no formal job research experience.
  2. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and limited job experience as a member of a research team.
  3. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and considerable job experience as a member of a research team.
  4. I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and considerable job experience as a principal investigator of a research team.
  5. I have neither training nor experience.


* 5.What is your experience with mathematical modeling applied to natural populations? Examples of this are survival analyses, mark-recapture analyses, stock assessments, population dynamics modeling, spatial modeling, or species interaction modeling.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience working with remote sensing data?
  1. I have conducted large-scale (at least 1,000 km to continental) ecological analysis using remote sensing products with a fine temporal and spatial scale such as MODIS Aqua and Terra, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or a doctoral thesis.
  2. I have used remote sensing data in ecological analyses of medium-scale problems (100-1,000 km), as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or a doctoral thesis.
  3. I have used remote sensing data in ecological analyses of local-scale problems (1-10 km) , as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or a doctoral thesis.
  4. I have no experience using remote sensing data in ecological studies that has resulted in a peer-reviewed publication or doctoral thesis.


* 7.Do you have experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to organize and analyze environmental data and/or to inform natural resource management decisions?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Do you have experience abstracting and communicating complex scientific issues for government resource managers and the general public?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Please select the statement that best describes your record of publication in the peer-reviewed ecology and fisheries literature.
  1. I have published several highly-cited papers in high-impact generalist journals as primary author as well as in specialist journals.
  2. I have published several papers in specialist journals as primary author, and co-authored several other papers.
  3. I have co-authored several papers, but haven't been the primary author of a peer-review publication.
  4. I have not published papers in the peer-reviewed literature.


* 10.Please describe your leadership skills in the workplace providing guidance, coaching, mentoring, training, motivation and/or direct oversight to staff members to ensure project completion, procedural/regulation compliance and comprehension, task mastery, achievement of organizational goals, increased morale, etc.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.