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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have any experience with the UNIX operating system and ORACLE relational database structure, or the system equivalents?
  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.


* 2.What level of education, training or experience programming in Structured Query Language (SQL) do you have?
  1. I have no education, training or experience programming in Structured Query Language (SQL).
  2. I have education or training in programming in Structured Query Language (SQL), but have not yet had the opportunity to perform this task.
  3. I have experience programming in Structured Query Language (SQL) on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have experience programming in Structured Query Language (SQL) as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised others programming in Structured Query Language (SQL) and/or have trained others in applying their SQL programming skills and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in applying this skill.


* 3.Do you have any experience using GIS tools such as ArcView, ArcInfo, and ArcGIS?
  1. I have experience in all three of these GIS tools.
  2. I have experience in only two of these GIS tools.
  3. I have experience using only one of these GIS tools.
  4. I have very limited experience using any GIS tools.
  5. I have no experience using GIS tools.


* 4.Describe your level of experience performing computer data entry, QA/QC, editing, and retrieval tasks in the processing of scientific data.
  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.


* 5.Have you worked with others in the professional and scientific field in order to accomplish mission goals and to resolve problems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Have you ever served with a scientific party on board a research vessel sampling oceanographic or biological resources?
  1. I do not have experience serving with a scientific party on board a research vessel sampling oceanographic or biological resources.
  2. I have worked on small boats only (< 20 feet).
  3. I have been on larger boats but not overnight or only within bays.
  4. I have been offshore for several days for non-scientific purposes.
  5. I have been offshore for several days for scientific purposes.


* 7.Do you have experience conducting quality control assessments, including auditing and editing of current or historical fishery, biological or oceanographic data?
  1. I have administered or supervised others in performing this task but I have not performed the task myself.
  2. I have supervised the performance of this task and I am an expert in conducting quality control assessments including auditing and editing of current or historical fishery, biological or oceanographic data.
  3. I performed this task as a regular part of my job with little or no supervision.
  4. I have assisted higher graded employees in the performance of this task.
  5. I have no experience in performing this task.


* 8.Do you have experience working with interdisciplinary teams to develop recommendations for improvements in operating procedures, especially pertaining to the collection of high quality, reliable fisheries data?
  1. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  2. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 9.Select the response that best describes your level of experience with at-sea collection of trawl data aboard research vessels.
  1. I have no experience with at-sea data collection aboard research vessels.
  2. I have participated in only 1-2 trawl survey cruises and have limited experience collecting data aboard research vessels.
  3. I have periodically participated in trawling research cruises over the past five years with a total of 3-10 survey cruises.
  4. As a routine and recurring part of my job, I annually participate in 2-3 research cruises involving at-sea collection of trawl data. I have served as watch stander and watch leader on trawl groundfish surveys conducted aboard research vessels.
  5. I have extensive experience with at-sea data collection (2-3 surveys/year for the last five years), and have served as watch stander, watch leader and/or field party chief on trawl surveys aboard research vessels. I am currently qualified to act as Field Party Chief (FPC) on research cruises.


* 10.Do you have effective interpersonal and communications skills, as well as the ability to verbally interface with personnel at all levels.
  1. I have outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.
  2. I have outstanding interpersonal skills and good verbal skills.
  3. I have good verbal skills.
  4. I do not have good verbal skills.