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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 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 promoting cooperation among several international groups or organizations to achieve natural resource conservation goals or international management of living marine resources?
  1. I have had a lead role in developing international conservation and management rules and have worked through the rulemaking process with affected stakeholders to maximize acceptance and effectiveness of those rules.
  2. I have significantly contributed to a major interagency project that achieved significant conservation goals (e.g., representing a cooperating or lead agency on an EIS, or negotiating conservation and management measures for a RFMO).
  3. I have been involved in developing conservation rules that have used cooperative mechanisms (e.g. the NMFS-Council process).
  4. I have no experience in cooperating with international groups or organizations to achieve natural resource conservation goals.


* 3.Do you have experience in working with the Federal and/or state regulatory processes necessary to implement policies or conservation/resource management measures or programs?
  1. I have knowledge of the processes but no experience in working with them to implement policies and conservation/resource management measures or programs.
  2. I have some knowledge of the processes and limited experience in working with them to implement policies and conservation/resource management measures or programs.
  3. I have knowledge of the processes and routinely utilize them to implement policies and conservation/resource management measures and programs.
  4. I have extensive knowledge and experience in this area and often provide guidance and assistance to others in utilizing the appropriate processes to implement policies or conservation/resource management measures or programs.


* 4.Do you have knowledge of or experience in implementing one or more of the following Federal laws: the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (MSFCMA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or comparable state laws?
  1. I have managed a program or project that contributed to compliance with or administration of one or more of these laws.
  2. I have worked in programs or projects that complied with one or more of these laws.
  3. I am familiar with these legislative mandates but have not worked directly on programs implementing these programs.
  4. I do not have knowledge of these laws.


* 5.Do you have experience in the development and application of marine resource management policy, particularly the national and international legal protocols?
  1. I have extensive experience in this task and routinely work independently and/or provide guidance and direction to others in carrying out this work.
  2. I have considerable experience conducting this task with guidance and oversight from a supervisor.
  3. I have assisted more senior workers in conducting this task and have only limited experience in these areas.
  4. I have no relevant experience in this area.


* 6.What is your experience representing your employer's policies, positions and interests outside your organization? (Check all that apply.)
  1. I have represented my employers policies, positions and/or interests as a member of an advisory panel or working group.
  2. I have represented my employers policies, positions and/or interests to the membership of an advisory panel or working group.
  3. I have represented my employers policies, positions and/or interests as a press or media spokesperson.
  4. I have represented my employers policies, positions and/or interests to audiences of technical experts, general public and/or industry representatives where there were no significant conflicts of interest among participants.
  5. I have represented my employers policies, positions and/or interests to audiences of technical experts, general public and/or industry representatives where there were significant conflicts among participants.
  6. I have no experience in this area.


* 7.Please characterize your experience interpreting and applying laws, rules, and regulations related to fishery management and the regulatory process. (Select all that apply.)
  1. I have or have had direct responsibility to develop and implement fishing regulations as a regular part of my job and have completed rule making through the regulatory process.
  2. I have or have had direct responsibility to develop fishery management plans and/or amendments as a regular part of my job.
  3. I partcipate or have participated in the development of fishery management plans and/or amendments to fishery management plans.
  4. I have experience interpreting laws, rules, and regulations related to fishery management gained through course work and/or independent study.
  5. I have no experience interpreting and applying laws, rules, and regulations related to fishery management and the regulatory process.


* 8.Please characterize your knowledge of the statutory and regulatory requirements, practices, and procedures necessary to plan, develop, and implement complex fishery management actions and regulations. (Select the most appropriate response.)
  1. I have extensive knowledge of the statutory and regulatory requirements, practices, and procedures necessary to plan, develop, and implement complex fishery management actions and regulations, gained through direct experience reviewing and implementing proposed fishing regulations to ensure consistency with all relevant requirements.
  2. I have general knowledge of the statutory and regulatory requirements, practices, and procedures necessary to plan, develop, and implement complex fishery management actions and regulations, gained through my work contributing to the development of fishery management plans and/or amendments to fishery management plans.
  3. I participate or have participated in the development and implementation of proposed fishing regulations but do not have direct experience reviewing and implementing proposed fishing regulations to ensure consistency with all relevant requirements.
  4. I have no knowledge, gained through direct experience, of the statutory and regulatory requirements, practices, and procedures necessary to plan, develop, and implement complex fishery management actions and regulations.


* 9.Do you have experience communicating with federal, state and local agencies, commercial and recreational fisherman groups and general public on living marine resource management issues?
  1. I am considered fully proficient in performing this task. I am normally the person who is consulted by other staff to assist them in doing these tasks because of my expertise.
  2. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed them independently and normally without review of a supervisor or co-worker.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job. My work was monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing these tasks.


* 10.Please characterize your knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies and law relating to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other Federal statuets pertaining to fishery management.
  1. I have at least 5 years experience utilizing the Magnusson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to develop and/or implement fishery management plans and regulations.
  2. I have at least 5 years experience utilizing the National Environmental Policy Act to prepare and/or evaluate environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.
  3. I have at least 5 years experience utilizing the National Environmental Policy Act to prepare and/or evaluate environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.
  4. I have more than 3 but less than 5 years experience utilizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and/or other Federal statutes pertaining to fishery management to develop and/or implement fishery management plans and regulations.
  5. I have some ( less than 3 years) experience utilizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and/or other Federal statutes pertaining to fishery management to develop and/or implement fishery management plans and regulations.
  6. I do not have any experience utilizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and/or other Federal statutes pertaining to fishery management to develop and/or implement fishery management plans and regulations.


* 11.Which of the following categories best describes your knowledge and experience in the field of marine policy analysis as applied on the international level?
  1. I have taken graduate level courses in international policy and marine affairs. In addition to my course work, I was a project leader responsible for developing negotiating positions on living marine resources.
  2. I have taken graduate level courses in international policy and marine affairs. In addition to my course work, I assisted in developing negotiating positions on living marine resources
  3. I have taken graduate level courses in international policy and marine affairs.
  4. I have no experience in international policy and marine affairs.