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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.Which answer best describes your experience in conducting technical, statistical and policy analyses of environmental and economic impacts.
  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.


3.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.


4.Do you have experience performing data analysis relating to emissions, atmospheric data or electricity generation?
  1. Yes
  2. No


5.Do you have experience in using complex computer software, such as:
  1. statistical analysis applications
  2. relational databases
  3. analytical models
  4. geographic information systems
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


6.Please select the response that best describes your experience in using statistical packages (e.g. SAS, Limdep, GAUSS, Stata, S-Plus, TSP, SPSS) to conduct quantitative economic analysis.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience with statistical packages.
  2. I have had education or training in a statistical package but have not yet conducted economic analysis using this package.
  3. I have used a statistical package for conducting economic analysis under close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have used a statistical package for conducting economic analysis regularly, independently, and usually without review by a superior.
  5. I have helped to guide other analysts in the use of statistical packages for economic analysis and/or I have trained others in their use and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in their use.


7.Experience applying thermodynamic and economic principles to analyze energy and environmental 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.


8.Conduct formal presentations and briefings where technical or scientific concepts are presented (appropriately adjusted to the audience) in ways understandable to people from non-technical, as well as technical, backgrounds.
  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.Oversees the production of effective written communications (e.g. papers and briefings) to convey technical and non-technical information concisely and clearly to persons with varied technical, business, and government backgrounds.
  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.


10.Which best describes your experience developing materials and strategies to explain environmental programs and initiatives through fact sheets, briefings, profiles, testimony and speeches.
  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.Experience orally communicating the results of analyses and recommending policy options on climate change issues to senior management and other key stakeholders.
  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.Apply technical expertise of building systems and equipment to solving problems that affect building-related air quality.
  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.Experience in managing studies evaluating the economic and environmental impact of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy regulations, policies 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.Which answer best describes your experience in leading communications of complex issues related to mathematical models, statistics, and computer programming techniques to a variety of technical, policy and lay audiences?
  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 an important part of the organization's decision-making process.


15.Explains, defends, negotiates, and coordinates complex program policies regarding energy efficiency and/or renewable energy with federal, state and local officials
  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.Evaluate alternatives to reduce energy consumption at the facility and organization level for the purpose of granting awards for energy efficiency.
  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 your background and experience in building systems to promote partnerships with state, local, Federal and private sector green building programs.
  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.Select the answer which best describes your experience where you have accepted full technical and operational responsibility for development of a study plan, establishment of a procedure, and outline of the methods used.
  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.


19.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.


Grade: All Grades
1.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


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.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.






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