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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 3
* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1301, Physical Science series because I have:
  1. A degree in: Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics -OR-
  2. A combination of education and experience - education equivalent to one of the majors shown in response #1 above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1301, Physical Science series.


* 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.Select the statement that best represents your highest level of education or experience in applying the principles of physical science such as oceanic, atmospheric, or technological applications.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in the physical sciences.
  2. I have had course study in the physical sciences but have not yet applied the principles in a job setting.
  3. I have an associate�s or trade school degree in physical sciences or more than two years of work experience in the physical sciences.
  4. I have a bachelors or more than three year of experience in the physical sciences.
  5. I have an advanced degree or more than five years of experience in the physical sciences.


* 4.Have you had experience managing projects related to coastal inundation and sea level rise?
  1. I have extensive management experience in performing this task.
  2. I have considerable management experience in performing this task.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work task was monitored closely by a superviosr or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing this task.


* 5.How strong is your understanding of observation techniques for developing physical relationships between fluxes of momentum, latent, and sensible heat and applying the results to a better understanding of physical processes in the boundary layer?
  1. I have a strong understanding of observation techniques for developing physical relationships between fluxes of momentum, latent, and sensible heat and applying the results to a better understanding of physical processes in the boundary layer
  2. I have a strong understanding of some aspects of observation techniques for developing physical relationships between fluxes of momentum, latent, and sensible heat and applying the results to a better understanding of physical processes in the boundary layer.
  3. I have little or no education, training, or experience in this area.


* 6.Do you have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic, atmospheric or technological applications to serve as expert technical consultant and/or program coordinator in climate science research?
  1. I am an expert in the field of oceanic and/or atmospheric sciences and related technological applications and I have served as a technical expert consultant and/or program coordinator in climate science research.
  2. I have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic and/or atmospheric sciences and related technological applications and I have expertise in climate sciences, but I have not served as a technical expert consultant or program coordinator in climate science research.
  3. I have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic and/or atmospheric sciences and related technological applications and I have expertise in climate sciences or climate services and I have served as a technical expert consultant or program coordinator, but not in climate science research.
  4. I have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences in oceanic, atmospheric sciences or related technological applications and I have expertise in climate sciences or climate services, but I have no experience as a technical expert consultant or program coordinator in these fields or in climate science research.
  5. I do not have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic, atmospheric or technological application.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your fiscal management experience?
  1. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $5 million.
  2. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $3 million but less than $5 million.
  3. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $1 million but less than $3 million.
  4. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $500 thousand but less than $1 million.
  5. My experience does not match the choices provided.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your knowledge of and experience in strategic program planning as applied in a scientific organization?
  1. I am familiar with the principles and techniques of strategic planning and have led or participated extensively in such activities that led to significant organizational change.
  2. I am familiar with the principles and techniques of strategic planning but have less experience than that described in 1.
  3. I do not have experience with strategic planning.


* 9.Select the statement that best describes your experience developing and delivering verbal presentations, reports and briefs for technical and non-technical audiences and senior decision makers.
  1. I write and make presentations of a technical or scientific nature before senior management, other agency official or other outside interested parties. I serve as the agency representative when making these presentations and speak on its behalf.
  2. I provide input for or prepare presentations, briefings or reports of a technical or non-technical nature. I may either make the presentations or participate in a panel making presentations before senior management, other agency officials or outside interested parties. In some cases, I may represent my organization and speak on its behalf.
  3. As part of my regular duties, I provide input for presentations, briefings or reports of a technical or non-technical nature. I make these presentations upon request to senior management officials, other agency officials or outside interested parties.
  4. I provide information for presentations, briefings or reports. I may or may not give a variety of presentations to other employees within my organization. I sometimes make presentations to outside organizations.
  5. I do not have the experience described above.


* 10.Do you have experience developing reports, briefing or formally presenting recommendations and technical or other complex information to both senior managers and customers?
  1. I have extensive experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.
  2. I have limited experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.
  3. I have no experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.


* 11.Do you have the ability to write effectively for different audiences in order to communicate sound and authoritative recommendation and summaries on highly complex, and sensitive issues/policies?
  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 this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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 had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have no experience in performing this task.


Grade: 4
* 1.I meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1301, Physical Science series because I have:
  1. A degree in: Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics -OR-
  2. A combination of education and experience - education equivalent to one of the majors shown in response #1 above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1301, Physical Science series.


* 2.ZP-4: In addition to the meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-3) or GS-12 grade level in the federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Select the statement that best represents your highest level of education or experience in applying the principles of physical science such as oceanic, atmospheric, or technological applications.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in the physical sciences.
  2. I have had course study in the physical sciences but have not yet applied the principles in a job setting.
  3. I have an associate�s or trade school degree in physical sciences or more than two years of work experience in the physical sciences.
  4. I have a bachelors or more than three year of experience in the physical sciences.
  5. I have an advanced degree or more than five years of experience in the physical sciences.


* 4.Do you have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic, atmospheric or technological applications to serve as expert technical consultant and/or program coordinator in climate science research?
  1. I am an expert in the field of oceanic and/or atmospheric sciences and related technological applications and I have served as a technical expert consultant and/or program coordinator in climate science research.
  2. I have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic and/or atmospheric sciences and related technological applications and I have expertise in climate sciences, but I have not served as a technical expert consultant or program coordinator in climate science research.
  3. I have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic and/or atmospheric sciences and related technological applications and I have expertise in climate sciences or climate services and I have served as a technical expert consultant or program coordinator, but not in climate science research.
  4. I have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences in oceanic, atmospheric sciences or related technological applications and I have expertise in climate sciences or climate services, but I have no experience as a technical expert consultant or program coordinator in these fields or in climate science research.
  5. I do not have an advanced knowledge of the physical sciences such as oceanic, atmospheric or technological application.


* 5.How strong is your understanding of observation techniques for developing physical relationships between fluxes of momentum, latent, and sensible heat and applying the results to a better understanding of physical processes in the boundary layer?
  1. I have a strong understanding of observation techniques for developing physical relationships between fluxes of momentum, latent, and sensible heat and applying the results to a better understanding of physical processes in the boundary layer
  2. I have a strong understanding of some aspects of observation techniques for developing physical relationships between fluxes of momentum, latent, and sensible heat and applying the results to a better understanding of physical processes in the boundary layer.
  3. I have little or no education, training, or experience in this area.


* 6.Have you had experience managing projects related to coastal inundation and sea level rise?
  1. I have extensive management experience in performing this task.
  2. I have considerable management experience in performing this task.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work task was monitored closely by a superviosr or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have no experience in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your fiscal management experience?
  1. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $5 million.
  2. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $3 million but less than $5 million.
  3. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $1 million but less than $3 million.
  4. I have managed programmatic budgets in excess of $500 thousand but less than $1 million.
  5. My experience does not match the choices provided.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your knowledge of and experience in strategic program planning as applied in a scientific organization?
  1. I am familiar with the principles and techniques of strategic planning and have led or participated extensively in such activities that led to significant organizational change.
  2. I am familiar with the principles and techniques of strategic planning but have less experience than that described in 1.
  3. I do not have experience with strategic planning.


* 9.Select the statement that best describes your experience developing and delivering verbal presentations, reports and briefs for technical and non-technical audiences and senior decision makers.
  1. I write and make presentations of a technical or scientific nature before senior management, other agency official or other outside interested parties. I serve as the agency representative when making these presentations and speak on its behalf.
  2. I provide input for or prepare presentations, briefings or reports of a technical or non-technical nature. I may either make the presentations or participate in a panel making presentations before senior management, other agency officials or outside interested parties. In some cases, I may represent my organization and speak on its behalf.
  3. As part of my regular duties, I provide input for presentations, briefings or reports of a technical or non-technical nature. I make these presentations upon request to senior management officials, other agency officials or outside interested parties.
  4. I provide information for presentations, briefings or reports. I may or may not give a variety of presentations to other employees within my organization. I sometimes make presentations to outside organizations.
  5. I do not have the experience described above.


* 10.Do you have experience developing reports, briefing or formally presenting recommendations and technical or other complex information to both senior managers and customers?
  1. I have extensive experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.
  2. I have limited experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.
  3. I have no experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.


* 11.Do you have the ability to write effectively for different audiences in order to communicate sound and authoritative recommendation and summaries on highly complex, and sensitive issues/policies?
  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 this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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 had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have no experience in performing this task.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have experience in grants management?
  1. Yes
  2. No