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Grade: 14
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Microbiologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science with at least 20 semester hours in MICROBIOLOGY and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms PLUS 20 semester hours in the PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  2. I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in MICROBIOLOGY and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms PLUS 20 semester hours in the PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-14: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please select all of the responses that best describes the areas of infectious disease microbiology, immunology and/or epidemiology in which you have worked or trained extensively.
  1. 1. bacterial pathogenesis
  2. 2. viral pathogens
  3. 3. eukaryotic parasite pathogenesis
  4. 4. immunology
  5. 5. antiobiotic resistance
  6. 6. emerging infectious diseases
  7. 7. zoonotic diseases
  8. 8. infectious bioterrorism agents
  9. 9. environmental persistence of infectious agents
  10. 10. community reservoirs and surveillance
  11. None of the above.


* 2.Serve as a lead technical authority on the effects of pesticides or other chemicals in the environment, handling difficult and complex scientific issues/questions posed by external individuals and organizations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Choose all the Federal pesticide regulatory programs in the list below with which you have had significant experience.
  1. registration
  2. end-use product registration
  3. re-registration
  4. tolerance petition review
  5. tolerance reassessment
  6. emergency exemption
  7. experimental use permits
  8. labeling
  9. enforcement
  10. applicator certification and training
  11. worker protection
  12. endangered species protection
  13. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 4.Ability to lead a team while performing special projects and other assigned duties.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing scientific data and information and preparing technical reports based on this information.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Experience distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and employee skill levels and occupational specializations to assure timely accomplishment of the work units mission.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Develops project plans or schedules based on an understanding of the overall program priorities and related efforts of the organization.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Serve as a focal point for team workload and tracking functions.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.I perform the following functions to ensure that the team meets work priorities, deadlines and continues to provide quality products:
  1. Prioritize assignments to meet established deadlines and priorities
  2. Monitor and report the status and progress of work to supervisor
  3. Review completed work to certify that the supervisor's instructions are followed
  4. Make recommendations to the supervisor on personnel issues concerning leave, disciplinary actions, promotions, awards and hiring
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 10.Work collaboratively with different organizations and team members to accomplish organizational goals by preparing technically accurate documents, planning meetings and other task centered activities.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Prepare summaries of complex technical, regulatory, or scientific materials for non-technical audiences.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Do you have experience writing and editing technical and scientific documents?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Indicate all the classes of pesticides for which you have coordinated and documented a review leading to registration under section 3 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
  1. Conventional pesticides
  2. Antimicrobial pesticides
  3. Plant-incorporated pesticides
  4. Microbial pesticides
  5. Biochemical pesticides
  6. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 14.Conduct literature searches and/or identify relevant scientific/technical reports and data sets.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Have you conducted reviews or assessments of chemicals and associated products which require registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or the Food Quality Protection Act?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Select the option that best describes your experience in analyzing or recommending changes or developing guidelines for regulations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.Communicate with a variety of individuals which may involve explanation of administrative procedures, regulations, and processes.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Work collaboratively with external customers and internal team members to accomplish duties and responsibilities.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 19.I have made presentations or conducted briefings for the following individuals and groups:
  1. Team members in my organization
  2. Supervisors and managers in my organization
  3. High level government officials
  4. Business/industry officials
  5. Non-technical audiences
  6. Scientists and researchers
  7. Congressional delegations
  8. Foreign officials
  9. Tribal officials
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 20.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 21.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 23.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 24.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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