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Grade: 2
* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401 because I have:
  1. A degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-
  2. A combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in #1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, GS-401.


* 2.ZP-2: 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-1) or GS-05 grade level in the federal service? OR 1 full year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement OR a combination of education and experience? See the "Qualifications" section for the definition of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through implementation and/or rulemaking, and/or legislation?
  1. I have significant experience with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through implementation and/or rulemaking, and/or legislation. I am considered an expert in the MMPA.
  2. I perform one or more of these tasks as a regular part of my job and usually without supervision.
  3. I have some experience with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through implementation and/or rulemaking, and/or legislation. However, these tasks are occasional and my work is reviewed by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have training in drafting requirements and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act but I have never performed these tasks on the job.
  5. I have no experience or training with these tasks.


* 4.Do you have knowledge and experience of Endangered Species Act (ESA)?
  1. I managed a program or project in which I was responsible for compliance with these laws.
  2. I have worked in a Protected Resource Division or facility and applied these laws.
  3. I am familiar with these laws but have no experience applying them in my job.
  4. I do not have knowledge of these laws.


* 5.Do you have knowledge of fisheries sciences such as biology, ecology, oceanography and habitat requirements?
  1. I have thorough knowledge through several years of research in fisheries management or several years of work experience directly related to fisheries management.
  2. I have gained knowledge through at least one year of work experience directly related to fisheries management.
  3. I have limited knowledge of fisheries sciences through coursework.
  4. I have no knowledge of this subject.


* 6.Do you have experience working with and providing information to constituents on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws?
  1. I have coordinated a team of constituents working on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws.
  2. I have generated responses to requests to constituents working on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws.
  3. I have generated responses to requests to constituents working on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws based on Supervisory recommendations with respect to content.
  4. I have no experience performing this task.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your experience in writing papers and reports and/or giving presentations, technical briefings, or project status reports on issues related to ocean, coastal, or estuarine ecosystems.
  1. I prepare and give technical briefings and presentations to peers, management or university faculty. I have written technical reports of publishable quality which have been featured in scientific journals/articles and have presented the results to groups within and outside the organization.
  2. I have prepared and given technical briefings and presentations to peers, management or university faculty. I have participated in studies and have contributed to technical reports of publishable quality that have been featured in scientific journals/articles.
  3. I give technical briefings and other presentations to peers, management or faculty within the organization and have written technical reports for publication within the organization.
  4. I give technical briefings and other presentations to peers within the organization and have written technical reports for review within my organization.
  5. I do not have the experience described above.


* 8.Do you have experience coordinating programs relating to the conservation/management of marine turtles, marine mammals or other protected species?
  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.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.


* 10.Do you have experience responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, including transport and necropsy?
  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 this area.
  4. I have no relevant experience in this area.


* 11.Do you have experience with Microsoft Access databases and Microsoft Excel, including formulating data queries, data entry, error checking, import and export?
  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 this area.
  4. I have no relevant experience in this area.


* 12.Do you have experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address natural and anthropogenic threats to species protected under the Endangered Species Act or the Marine Mammal Protection Act (e.g., fishery interactions, harmful algal blooms, pollution, vessel interactions, illegal feeding, depredation)?
  1. I have considerable experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts, and am often consulted for my knowledge and expertise on these topics.
  2. I have general knowledge regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts, and limited experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address these threats.
  3. I have limited knowledge regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts and have no experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address these threats.
  4. I have no knowledge or experience regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts.


Grade: 3
* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401 because I have:
  1. A degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-
  2. A combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in #1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, GS-401.


* 2.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


* 3.Do you have experience with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through implementation and/or rulemaking, and/or legislation?
  1. I have significant experience with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through implementation and/or rulemaking, and/or legislation. I am considered an expert in the MMPA.
  2. I perform one or more of these tasks as a regular part of my job and usually without supervision.
  3. I have some experience with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through implementation and/or rulemaking, and/or legislation. However, these tasks are occasional and my work is reviewed by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have training in drafting requirements and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act but I have never performed these tasks on the job.
  5. I have no experience or training with these tasks.


* 4.Do you have knowledge and experience of Endangered Species Act (ESA)?
  1. I managed a program or project in which I was responsible for compliance with these laws.
  2. I have worked in a Protected Resource Division or facility and applied these laws.
  3. I am familiar with these laws but have no experience applying them in my job.
  4. I do not have knowledge of these laws.


* 5.Do you have knowledge of fisheries sciences such as biology, ecology, oceanography and habitat requirements?
  1. I have thorough knowledge through several years of research in fisheries management or several years of work experience directly related to fisheries management.
  2. I have gained knowledge through at least one year of work experience directly related to fisheries management.
  3. I have limited knowledge of fisheries sciences through coursework.
  4. I have no knowledge of this subject.


* 6.Do you have experience working with and providing information to constituents on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws?
  1. I have coordinated a team of constituents working on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws.
  2. I have generated responses to requests to constituents working on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws.
  3. I have generated responses to requests to constituents working on issues related to marine protected species management (or marine wildlife management) policies or laws based on Supervisory recommendations with respect to content.
  4. I have no experience performing this task.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your experience in writing papers and reports and/or giving presentations, technical briefings, or project status reports on issues related to ocean, coastal, or estuarine ecosystems.
  1. I prepare and give technical briefings and presentations to peers, management or university faculty. I have written technical reports of publishable quality which have been featured in scientific journals/articles and have presented the results to groups within and outside the organization.
  2. I have prepared and given technical briefings and presentations to peers, management or university faculty. I have participated in studies and have contributed to technical reports of publishable quality that have been featured in scientific journals/articles.
  3. I give technical briefings and other presentations to peers, management or faculty within the organization and have written technical reports for publication within the organization.
  4. I give technical briefings and other presentations to peers within the organization and have written technical reports for review within my organization.
  5. I do not have the experience described above.


* 8.Do you have experience coordinating programs relating to the conservation/management of marine turtles, marine mammals or other protected species?
  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.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.


* 10.Do you have experience responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, including transport and necropsy?
  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 this area.
  4. I have no relevant experience in this area.


* 11.Do you have experience with Microsoft Access databases and Microsoft Excel, including formulating data queries, data entry, error checking, import and export?
  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 this area.
  4. I have no relevant experience in this area.


* 12.Do you have experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address natural and anthropogenic threats to species protected under the Endangered Species Act or the Marine Mammal Protection Act (e.g., fishery interactions, harmful algal blooms, pollution, vessel interactions, illegal feeding, depredation)?
  1. I have considerable experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts, and am often consulted for my knowledge and expertise on these topics.
  2. I have general knowledge regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts, and limited experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address these threats.
  3. I have limited knowledge regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts and have no experience designing, implementing, or assessing conservation programs that address these threats.
  4. I have no knowledge or experience regarding natural and anthropogenic threats to the species protected under these acts.