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Grade: 09
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Economist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S or HIGHER DEGREE in ECONOMICS with at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ECONOMICS with at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-09: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Economist, GS-09, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 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 have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


3.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


4.Communicate technical issues to a wide variety of audiences
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


5.Performed project management tasks including project planning, scheduling, tracking and reporting.
  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.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.


7.Work collaboratively with external customers and internal team members to accomplish organizational goals through preparing documents, planning meetings and other 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.


8.Prepare issue papers which develop or explain specific environmental policies and/or guidance.
  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.Do you have experience analyzing, communicating, or negotiating programs and policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the international, Federal, or state level?
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Which answer best describes your experience in analyzing and finding solutions for complex environmental policy and/or regulatory programs?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in this area.
  2. I have completed formal education or training, but have not performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this function, but under close supervision by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this function as a regular part of my job, independently and usually with little supervision.
  5. This function has been a core responsibility of my job. Management has used my information as input as important part of an organization's decision-making process.


11.Prepare research and other analytical papers or position documents which present environmental and smart growth, policy analyses, summaries, and/or recommendations for both technical and 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.Please select all of the tasks with which you have experience in conducting economic research or analysis.
  1. Determine the data needed to complete assignments
  2. Determine sources, reliability, and availability of such data
  3. Determine methods of collections
  4. Determine evaluation techniques to be used in interpreting findings
  5. Determine techniques for data processing and analysis
  6. Determine the planning for the presentation of findings
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 13.Please select the response that best describes your experience in the last five years in assisting to prepare comprehensive economic benefit-cost and economic impact analyses of specific environmental policy proposals.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed.
  3. I have performed this task with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task regularly, independently, and usually without review by a superior.


14.Please select the one response that describes your highest level of experience with environmental statutes, policies, or regulations (e.g., Clean Air Act).
  1. I have no training or experience with environmental statutes, policies, or regulations
  2. I have taken classes on environmental statutes, policies, or regulations
  3. I have reviewed environmental statutes, policies, or regulations in a professional setting


15.Perform policy evaluations and technical analysis relating to environmental or pollution control problems or issues.
  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.


* 16.I have undertaken environmental policy and regulatory analysis using concepts, theories and research from the following disciplines:
  1. Economics
  2. Environmental science
  3. Environmental health and safety
  4. Law
  5. Political science
  6. Statistics
  7. Demographics
  8. I do not meet any of the choices above


Grade: 11
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Economist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S or HIGHER DEGREE in ECONOMICS with at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ECONOMICS with at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Economist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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 have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


3.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


4.Communicate technical issues to a wide variety of audiences
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


5.Performed project management tasks including project planning, scheduling, tracking and reporting.
  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.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.


7.Work collaboratively with external customers and internal team members to accomplish organizational goals through preparing documents, planning meetings and other 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.


8.Prepare issue papers which develop or explain specific environmental policies and/or guidance.
  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.Do you have experience analyzing, communicating, or negotiating programs and policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the international, Federal, or state level?
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Which answer best describes your experience in analyzing and finding solutions for complex environmental policy and/or regulatory programs?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in this area.
  2. I have completed formal education or training, but have not performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this function, but under close supervision by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this function as a regular part of my job, independently and usually with little supervision.
  5. This function has been a core responsibility of my job. Management has used my information as input as important part of an organization's decision-making process.


11.Prepare research and other analytical papers or position documents which present environmental and smart growth, policy analyses, summaries, and/or recommendations for both technical and 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.Perform policy evaluations and technical analysis relating to environmental or pollution control problems or issues.
  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.


* 13.Please select all of the tasks with which you have experience in conducting economic research or analysis.
  1. Determine the data needed to complete assignments
  2. Determine sources, reliability, and availability of such data
  3. Determine methods of collections
  4. Determine evaluation techniques to be used in interpreting findings
  5. Determine techniques for data processing and analysis
  6. Determine the planning for the presentation of findings
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 14.Please select the response that best describes your experience in the last five years in assisting to prepare comprehensive economic benefit-cost and economic impact analyses of specific environmental policy proposals.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed.
  3. I have performed this task with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task regularly, independently, and usually without review by a superior.


15.Please select the one response that describes your highest level of experience with environmental statutes, policies, or regulations (e.g., Clean Air Act).
  1. I have no training or experience with environmental statutes, policies, or regulations
  2. I have taken classes on environmental statutes, policies, or regulations
  3. I have reviewed environmental statutes, policies, or regulations in a professional setting


* 16.I have undertaken environmental policy and regulatory analysis using concepts, theories and research from the following disciplines:
  1. Economics
  2. Environmental science
  3. Environmental health and safety
  4. Law
  5. Political science
  6. Statistics
  7. Demographics
  8. I do not meet any of the choices above


Grade: All Grades
1.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)


2.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


3.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


4.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






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