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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0482, Research Fish Biologist because I have:
  1. A degree with a major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work included: At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology , and parasitology; AND At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; AND At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
  2. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0482, Research Fish Biology Series.


2.ZP-3 (Research): 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 a Master's or equivalent graduate degree? See the "Qualifications" section for the definition of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.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


* 4.Have you performed water quality analysis?
  1. Yes, as it relates to marine recirculation systems, including ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, ORP, DO, alkalinity and temperature.
  2. Yes, on some, but not all the parameters in the answer above.
  3. I have no experience.


* 5.Do you have experience maintaining hatchery cool or cold water recirculation systems (including: biofilters, pumps, ozone, chlorine treatment, flow meters, pressure meters, oxygen meters) and performing the needed water chemistry to monitor the system?
  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.What best describes your experience in rearing fish larvae to breeding adults?
  1. I have independently raised larval fish and have developed some of my own protocols for doing so.
  2. I have raised larval fish under supervision by someone more experienced.
  3. I assisted with rearing larval fish.
  4. I have no experience rearing larval fish.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your experience in culture methods for the early life-stages (embryos, larvae, and juveniles) of marine and estuarine fish species and the collection of data from specimens in a research environment?
  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.Have you led or participated on a scientific research team conducting experiments designed to improve aquacultural production of marine finfish?
  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.Have you ever cultured live feeds?
  1. Yes, I have cultured copepods, rotifers and Artemia for feeding to larval fish or shrimp.
  2. Yes, I have cultured two of the above live feeds for feeding to larval fish or shrimp.
  3. Yes, I have cultured one of the above live feeds for feeding to larval fish or shrimp.
  4. No experience.


* 10.Have you conducted experimental laboratory studies on the ecology, behavior, and physiology of marine fishes?
  1. I have extensive experience in designing such experiments and supervising teams of biologists in all phases of implementing experiments, resulting in more than 5 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  2. I have some experience in designing and executing such experiments, resulting in 1-3 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  3. I have participated in conducting laboratory experiments with marine fish.
  4. I have not been involved in laboratory experiments with marine fish.


* 11.Have you participated on a team that has conducted experimental research on molluscan biology or aquaculture?
  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.


* 12.What best describes your experience formulating research questions, developing experimental designs, and testing hypotheses related to aquaculture?
  1. I am considered fully proficient in performing these tasks. I am normally the person who is consulted by other staff to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
  2. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. I have performed independently and normally without review by a supervisor.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job. My work on these tasks was monitored by a supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have not had experience in performing these tasks.


* 13.Do you have experience investigating growth of finfish under different nutritional or environmental regimes using the following technologies (select all that apply):
  1. physical measurements
  2. physiology
  3. biochemical
  4. molecular
  5. genetic
  6. none of the above