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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

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* 1.Do you meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0486, Research Wildlife Biologist based on your having a degree with major in wildlife biology, zoology, or botany that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in biological science and 15 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and earth sciences?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have at least 9 semester hours of training applicable to wildlife biology in such subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, principles of population dynamics, or related course work in the field of wildlife biology?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have at least 12 semester hours in zoological subjects such as invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, embryology, animal physiology, entomology, herpetology, parasitology, and genetics?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have at least 9 semester hours in the field of botany and related plant science?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Do you have at least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils, and/or geology?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.How would you characterize your previous at-sea experience conducting passive acoustic surveys for marine mammals?
  1. I have no experience conducting passive acoustic surveys at sea.
  2. I have at-sea experience conducting research other than passive acoustic surveys.
  3. I have at-sea experience conducting passive acoustic surveys for marine mammals.


* 7.Describe your experience in developing and implementing quality control protocols and standard operating procedures for passive acoustic methods.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor 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.
  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 the performance of this task, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Describe your experience archiving information stored digitally and on other media (e.g., tapes, files).
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor 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.


* 9.What acoustic software programs do you have experience in? Please select all that apply.
  1. WhalTrak2
  2. ISHMAEL
  3. SpectraPlus
  4. Raven
  5. RainbowClick
  6. Pamguard
  7. None of the above


* 10.What acoustic hardware systems do you have experience with? Please select all that apply.
  1. Hand-held hydrophones
  2. Directional hydrophones
  3. Sonobuoys
  4. Hydrophone rays
  5. None of the above


* 11.Do you have experience authoring peer-reviewed publications on marine mammal acoustics?
  1. I have no experience authoring or assisting with preparation of peer-reviewed publications on marine mammal acoustics.
  2. I have assisted with preparation of manuscripts or reports, but I have not been listed as an author on any peer-reviewed publications on marine mammal acoustics.
  3. I have experience authoring peer-reviewed publications on topics other than marine mammal acoustics.
  4. I have experience authoring one or more peer-reviewed publications on marine mammal acoustics.


* 12.Describe your experience in providing passive acoustic research results on marine mammals.
  1. I have not had experience in performing this task.
  2. I have limited experience in providing passive acoustic results with other biologists, analytical researchers, and project investigators.
  3. I have experience assisting with preparation of reports, presentations and other materials designed to provide passive acoustic research results with other biologists, analytical researchers, and project investigators working on marine mammals.


* 13.Which of the following experience do you have supporting a passive acoustics research lab? Please select all that apply.
  1. Assisting with purchasing
  2. Organizing training
  3. Maintaining acoustic survey equipment
  4. Problem resolution
  5. Building acoustic survey equipment (e.g., hydrophone arrays)
  6. None of the above