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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 the ability to deal with statistical treatment of ecological data that are "messy", incomplete, or fail to meet assumptions of standard methods for estimation and testing?
  1. I have the ability to develop novel or refined statistical methods and justify them on theoretical grounds. I have demonstrated this ability by publishing one or more examples in peer-reviewed statistical journals.
  2. I have the ability to read, comprehend, and apply recently published novel or refined statistical methods. I have demonstrated this ability by publishing one or more examples in peer-reviewed statistical journals.
  3. I have the ability to recognize characteristics of data that would violate critical assumptions, and to enlist collaborators to ensure that the data are analyzed correctly. I have demonstrated this ability in publications, reports, or a dissertation.
  4. I have analyzed ecological data using widely accepted statistical methods, but I have not encountered significant failures to meet assumptions.
  5. I have little or no experience with statistical treatment of ecological data.


* 3.Which of the following programming languages are you proficient in? Check all that apply.
  1. C++
  2. Fortran 90 or above
  3. C
  4. R
  5. Visual Basic
  6. Unix/Linux
  7. None of the above


* 4.What type of statistical computer software and/or packages/languages have you used?
  1. I have experience using R, SAS, S-Plus, FORTRAN, C or C++, and higher programming languages such as ADModelBuilder and WinBUGS, etc., and have also written software/models that can or have been used for stock assessment work.
  2. I have experience using statistical analysis software such as SAS and S-Plus and scientific programming languages such as FORTRAN, C and C++ .
  3. I have experience using non-statistical software such as Excel, QuattroPro, and general data management software.
  4. I have no experience in this area.


* 5.Do you have experience using software to develop and implement advanced statistical models for the analysis of spatially or temporally correlated data?
  1. I have written my own code using such languages as C, FORTRAN, S, or R to implement statistical models which I have developed or substantially altered to fit a particular application.
  2. I have used existing functionality in WinBUGS, SAS, S-Plus, R, or other software package to implement statistical models which I have developed or substantially altered to fit a particular application.
  3. I have used statistical software to implement models developed by others (with little or no alteration) for the analysis of environmental data collected over time or over a spatial region.
  4. I have no experience working with statistical software in the analysis of spatially or temporally correlated data.


* 6.Do you have experience in conducting statistical analysis with natural resource data?
  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 or research project. I have performed them independently and normally without review of a supervisor or co-worker.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job or research project. My work was monitored by a supervisor or co-worker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience performing this task.


* 7.Describe your experience with classical statistical methods, including linear models, generalized linear (or additive) models, mixed models, repeated measures models, bootstrap/jackknife/Monte Carlo methods, Bayesian methods, and survival analysis.
  1. I am familiar with the principles of all of these and have applied them resulting in at least one peer-reviewed publications.
  2. I am familiar with the principles of most of these and have applied them resulting in at least one agency report or dissertation.
  3. I have had exposure to the principles of several of these through academic training but have not applied them outside of coursework.
  4. I am not familiar with these techniques and disciplines.


* 8.Do you have training and/or work experience with statistical analyses of large complex data sets (e.g. multiple data types of uneven quality or scale?
  1. I have analyzed large complex data sets in a research context resulting in a peer-review journal article.
  2. I have analyzed large complex data sets as a part of a technical memo/report or graduate thesis.
  3. I have analyzed large complex data sets as a regular part of my work, but have not written up the results.
  4. I have taken classes/workshops focusing on analyzing large complex data sets, but do not do this on a regular basis.
  5. I do not have this experience or training.


* 9.What is your level of expertise in biometrics?
  1. I have three or more years of experience in statistical hypotheses testing requiring proficiency/knowledge of likelihood ratios, general linear modeling, time series analysis, multiple regression and multivariate analysis utilizing available statistical packages for calculation of error probability.
  2. I have one or more years of experience in statistical hypotheses testing requiring proficiency/knowledge of likelihood ratios, general linear modeling, time series analysis, multiple regression and multivariate analysis utilizing available statistical packages for calculation of error probability.
  3. I have two or more years of experience in statistical hypotheses testing using methods such as ANOVA or regression utilizing statistical packages such as Minitab or Microsoft Excel.
  4. I have at least one year or more of experience extracting relevant data from databases and compiling accurate tables or data files as part of a research or assessment study.
  5. I have no experience performing such tasks


* 10.Which of the following best describes your publication record in scientific peer-reviewed journals?
  1. I have authored or co-authored five or more publications dealing with models of population dynamics in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
  2. I have authored or co-authored one, two, three or four publications dealing with models of population dynamics in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
  3. I have authored or co-authored publications on topics other than models of population dynamics in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
  4. I have no publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals.


* 11.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.