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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 12
* 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.Please indicate your experience as it relates to responding to an oil spill, chemical spill, hazardous waste site or other emergency response. Please select all that apply.
  1. I have participated as a member of an on-scene response team or field survey team.
  2. I am familiar with and have worked within the Incident Command System (ICS).
  3. I have been consulted by others for scientific information during a response.
  4. I have made recommendations during a response that were all or partly implemented.
  5. I have provided scientific and technical guidance in experimental design, data management, data analysis, and reporting in a response.
  6. I have independently set priorities and coordinated science activities during a response.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Describe your preparedness and contingency planning experience. Please select all that apply.
  1. I have participated in the planning and execution of drills and exercises.
  2. I have participated in or coordinated planning efforts with other Federal, state, private, or international groups.
  3. I have been involved in formulating new contingency plans or updating existing ones.
  4. I have participated or lead workgroups to improve existing response capabilities.
  5. I have no experience in preparedness or contingency planning activities.


* 4.Do you have experience conducting field work in coastal areas (e.g. sampling, collecting field data, assessing pollution incidents, etc.)?
  1. I have no knowledge, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have knowledge or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have assisted others with this task on the job.
  4. I have assisted others and collaborated on development of this task on the job.
  5. I have conducted, developed and lead others in this task on the job.


* 5.Are you familiar with assessing the effects of oil and chemicals on biological organisms at the level of individuals, populations, and ecosystems?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and with limited review by a supervisor of senior employee.
  4. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Please rate your experience communicating complex, potentially controversial, and technical program information, both in person, over the phone, and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  1. None - No experience, no training.
  2. Novice - I have communicated information in informal groups or in meetings.
  3. Intermediate - Under guidance of a supervisor or senior employee, I have developed and presented material that communicated complex information in a formal setting.
  4. Advanced - I have independently developed and presented material that communicated complex and technical information in a formal setting to decision makers and/or interested stakeholders.
  5. Expert - I have had experience in independently developing and presenting complex and potentially controversial information to decision makers, stakeholders, and the press.


* 7.Select as many of the following that apply to your scientific writing skills:
  1. I have authored or coauthored peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters.
  2. I have authored or coauthored gray literature technical reports.
  3. I have experience writing instructional manuals.
  4. I have experience writing field reports.
  5. I have experience organizing and compiling data reports.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Describe your experience in working independently to plan, organize, schedule, and carry out your work.
  1. My work has generally been assigned and defined by my supervisor.
  2. Following established objectives, I consult my supervisor on projects, deadlines and work activities.
  3. I have some limited experience independently establishing my work plan, organizing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects and other work.
  4. I regularly establish my work plan, organize, schedule and carry out programs, projects and other work independently.


* 9.How much experience to do you have providing training to scientists and/or emergency responders?
  1. I have no experience in training or curriculum development.
  2. I have assisted instructors with logistics and course preparations, but have not done any teaching.
  3. I have co-taught course(s) with other instructors.
  4. I have developed course curricula and have been a primary instructor.


* 10.Do you have experience with being part of a project team that required interpersonal skills, making decisions, consensus building, and meeting deadlines?
  1. I have no experience career requiring interpersonal skills.
  2. I have limited experience being part of a project team.
  3. I have multiple experiences working on diverse group projects that required skills and abilities listed above.
  4. I have leadership experience and significant team member experience working on diverse group projects that required the skills and abilities listed above.


Grade: 13
* 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.Please indicate your experience as it relates to responding to an oil spill, chemical spill, hazardous waste site or other emergency response. Please select all that apply.
  1. I have participated as a member of an on-scene response team or field survey team.
  2. I am familiar with and have worked within the Incident Command System (ICS).
  3. I have been consulted by others for scientific information during a response.
  4. I have made recommendations during a response that were all or partly implemented.
  5. I have provided scientific and technical guidance in experimental design, data management, data analysis, and reporting in a response.
  6. I have independently set priorities and coordinated science activities during a response.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Describe your preparedness and contingency planning experience. Please select all that apply.
  1. I have participated in the planning and execution of drills and exercises.
  2. I have participated in or coordinated planning efforts with other Federal, state, private, or international groups.
  3. I have been involved in formulating new contingency plans or updating existing ones.
  4. I have participated or lead workgroups to improve existing response capabilities.
  5. I have no experience in preparedness or contingency planning activities.


* 4.Do you have experience conducting field work in coastal areas (e.g. sampling, collecting field data, assessing pollution incidents, etc.)?
  1. I have no knowledge, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have knowledge or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have assisted others with this task on the job.
  4. I have assisted others and collaborated on development of this task on the job.
  5. I have conducted, developed and lead others in this task on the job.


* 5.Are you familiar with assessing the effects of oil and chemicals on biological organisms at the level of individuals, populations, and ecosystems?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and with limited review by a supervisor of senior employee.
  4. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Please rate your experience communicating complex, potentially controversial, and technical program information, both in person, over the phone, and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  1. None - No experience, no training.
  2. Novice - I have communicated information in informal groups or in meetings.
  3. Intermediate - Under guidance of a supervisor or senior employee, I have developed and presented material that communicated complex information in a formal setting.
  4. Advanced - I have independently developed and presented material that communicated complex and technical information in a formal setting to decision makers and/or interested stakeholders.
  5. Expert - I have had experience in independently developing and presenting complex and potentially controversial information to decision makers, stakeholders, and the press.


* 7.Select as many of the following that apply to your scientific writing skills:
  1. I have authored or coauthored peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters.
  2. I have authored or coauthored gray literature technical reports.
  3. I have experience writing instructional manuals.
  4. I have experience writing field reports.
  5. I have experience organizing and compiling data reports.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Describe your experience in working independently to plan, organize, schedule, and carry out your work.
  1. My work has generally been assigned and defined by my supervisor.
  2. Following established objectives, I consult my supervisor on projects, deadlines and work activities.
  3. I have some limited experience independently establishing my work plan, organizing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects and other work.
  4. I regularly establish my work plan, organize, schedule and carry out programs, projects and other work independently.


* 9.How much experience to do you have providing training to scientists and/or emergency responders?
  1. I have no experience in training or curriculum development.
  2. I have assisted instructors with logistics and course preparations, but have not done any teaching.
  3. I have co-taught course(s) with other instructors.
  4. I have developed course curricula and have been a primary instructor.


* 10.Do you have experience with being part of a project team that required interpersonal skills, making decisions, consensus building, and meeting deadlines?
  1. I have no experience career requiring interpersonal skills.
  2. I have limited experience being part of a project team.
  3. I have multiple experiences working on diverse group projects that required skills and abilities listed above.
  4. I have leadership experience and significant team member experience working on diverse group projects that required the skills and abilities listed above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have the ability to provide 24/7 hazard assessment support services to response personnel during a time of emergency?
  1. Yes
  2. No