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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 13
* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1315 Hydrology Series because I have:
  1. A degree in physical or natural science, or engrg that included at least 30 SH in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, math, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the mgt or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 SH in physics.
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1315 Hydrology Series.


* 2.GS-13: Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the “Qualifications” section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.How many years have you worked in the area of hydraulic modeling of rivers and streams and in what capacity?
  1. I have not worked in this field.
  2. I have less than 2 years in this field.
  3. I have 2-5 years in this field.
  4. I have 5-8 years in this field.


* 4.Do you have experience working on procedure development projects such as calibration of operational hydrologic modeling systems for new forecast points?
  1. I have performed this task on the job under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedure
  2. I have performed this task on the job independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee
  3. I have served as a technical expert authority on this task, providing guidance or supervision to others.
  4. I do not have experience in this area.


* 5.Do you have experience analyzing incoming real-time hydrologic data for consistency and processing it into an on-site operational hydrologic modeling system?
  1. I have performed this task on the job under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  2. I have performed this task on the job independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee
  3. I have served as a technical expert authority on this task, providing guidance or supervision to others.
  4. I do not have experience in this area.


* 6.Have you worked in the area of hydrologic modeling of rivers and streams, including operations of dams and diversions.
  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.


* 7.Have you prepared hydrometeorological forecasts and warnings based upon the understanding of the state of the atmosphere and the application of scientific forecasting principles?
  1. I am considered highly skilled in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
  2. 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 academic instructor.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, or as college level labwork. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, or instructor at an academic institution.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 8.What is your experience with probabilistic forecasting based on ensemble modeling systems in a operational and/or research context?
  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.Do you have experience developing, implementing, and managing advanced techniques for preparing forecasts and warnings for use within a Weather Forecast Office/River Forecast Center/National Center with emphasis on applying new data sets and technology to improve synoptic, mesoscale or river forecasts?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have trained others in the performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by others for assistance because of my expertise.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. 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.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.


* 10.What best describes your ability to make effective verbal presentations of complex and/or controversial natural resource issues to diverse audiences under short timelines?
  1. I have experience communicating highly technical natural resource concepts and policies to public, sometimes unwelcome, audiences.
  2. I have experience presenting technical natural resource information to the public or a peer group, who are cooperative audiences.
  3. I have experience presenting technical natural resource information to groups in an academic setting under short timelines.
  4. I do not have experience communicating natural resource concepts to any type of audience.


* 11.Which of the following best reflects your experience in directing, coordinating, and leading group activities or in leading a team consisting of multiple people performing different functions whether formally or informally, in order to complete projects or fulfill other official responsibilities in a timely and successful manner?
  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.When faced with tight deadlines, changing priorities and conflicting responsibility, which of the following best describes your work style?
  1. I thrive with the challenge. I am at my best when working under pressure.
  2. I adapt well to challenging needs. I re-prioritize workloads and coordinate with others to get the work done.
  3. I work best in a structured environment, although I can adapt to emergency situations on occasion.
  4. I do not adapt well to conflicting situations and priorities. I like to know what is expected of me at all times.
  5. I have not had experience working in an office described above.