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Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 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.


2.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.


3.I have written materials for the following audiences:
  1. Employees and managers
  2. Other federal agencies and departments
  3. State and local governments
  4. The general public
  5. Congress
  6. Senior government officials
  7. Private industry
  8. Public interest groups
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above


4.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.


* 5.Utilize computer systems with a variety of advanced statistical and information management software to access, collect, compile, maintain, analyze, model, and report on technical data.
  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.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


7.Please select the response that best describes your experience in managing large data sets.
  1. I have no training in or experience managing data sets, large or small.
  2. I have training or experience in managing data sets with a limited number of observations.
  3. I have used large data sets to complete class-related homework or problem sets.
  4. I have managed large data sets with supervision from an instructor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  5. I have managed large data sets independently to support my own work.


8.Recommend evaluation techniques regarding environmental data analysis
  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.Have you or do you collect, organize, analyze, and summarize complex data sets.
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Which response best describes your experience developing and conducting briefings for senior management officials where analyses are presented, along with conclusions and recommendations?
  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.Uses analytical methods to review data and transactions for possible violations.
  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.Select the contract management tasks that you have performed.
  1. Written a scope of work or responded to a government scope of work
  2. Prepared an independent cost estimate
  3. Prepared a budget plan
  4. Prepared or reviewed and evaluated proposed contract work plans
  5. Monitored and evaluated outputs
  6. Prepared vouchers or approved payments
  7. Resolved issues/conflicts with a contract officer or contractor
  8. Closed out and archived a project
  9. Served as Project Officer or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative or equivalent position in a non-government organization
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.


13.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.


14.Explain, defend, negotiate, and coordinate complex issues (technical or policy).
  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.Leading or chairing workgroups, committees, or teams.
  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.Work collaboratively with external stakeholders to facilitate information exchange and problem solving.
  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.Please select the response that best describes your experience developing and implementing programs designed to reduce pollution from vehicles, engines or their fuels.
  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.Do you have experience developing or implementing programs related to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Renewable Fuels Standard or other renewable fuels programs (example: developing life cycle greenhouse gas approaches for fuels)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


19.Please select the response that best describes your experience using data to identify patterns, trends, explanatory factors and anomalies.
  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.


* 20.Apply knowledge of Clean Air Act, federal regulations, and related guidelines.
  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.


21.I have implemented an environmental program, policy or regulation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-13, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-12 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.


2.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.


3.I have written materials for the following audiences:
  1. Employees and managers
  2. Other federal agencies and departments
  3. State and local governments
  4. The general public
  5. Congress
  6. Senior government officials
  7. Private industry
  8. Public interest groups
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above


4.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.


* 5.Utilize computer systems with a variety of advanced statistical and information management software to access, collect, compile, maintain, analyze, model, and report on technical data.
  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.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


7.Please select the response that best describes your experience in managing large data sets.
  1. I have no training in or experience managing data sets, large or small.
  2. I have training or experience in managing data sets with a limited number of observations.
  3. I have used large data sets to complete class-related homework or problem sets.
  4. I have managed large data sets with supervision from an instructor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  5. I have managed large data sets independently to support my own work.


8.Recommend evaluation techniques regarding environmental data analysis
  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.Have you or do you collect, organize, analyze, and summarize complex data sets.
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Which response best describes your experience developing and conducting briefings for senior management officials where analyses are presented, along with conclusions and recommendations?
  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.Uses analytical methods to review data and transactions for possible violations.
  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.Select the contract management tasks that you have performed.
  1. Written a scope of work or responded to a government scope of work
  2. Prepared an independent cost estimate
  3. Prepared a budget plan
  4. Prepared or reviewed and evaluated proposed contract work plans
  5. Monitored and evaluated outputs
  6. Prepared vouchers or approved payments
  7. Resolved issues/conflicts with a contract officer or contractor
  8. Closed out and archived a project
  9. Served as Project Officer or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative or equivalent position in a non-government organization
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.


13.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.


14.Explain, defend, negotiate, and coordinate complex issues (technical or policy).
  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.Leading or chairing workgroups, committees, or teams.
  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.Work collaboratively with external stakeholders to facilitate information exchange and problem solving.
  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.Apply knowledge of Clean Air Act, federal regulations, and related guidelines.
  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.Please select the response that best describes your experience developing and implementing programs designed to reduce pollution from vehicles, engines or their fuels.
  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.Do you have experience developing or implementing programs related to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Renewable Fuels Standard or other renewable fuels programs (example: developing life cycle greenhouse gas approaches for fuels)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Please select the response that best describes your experience using data to identify patterns, trends, explanatory factors and anomalies.
  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.


21.I have implemented an environmental program, policy or regulation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.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


3.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


4.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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