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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Choose the response that best describes your training and experience in characterizing the identity of inorganic chemicals.
  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.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience in developing analytical methodologies appropriate for unusual or difficult analytes and/or sample matrices.
  1. I have modified or developed methods to analyze difficult matrices with extensive assistance under close supervision
  2. I have modified or developed methods to analyze difficult matrices with input from senior level analysts under general supervision
  3. I have modified or developed methods to analyze difficult matrices totally independly using my own knowledge and skills
  4. I do not have any of the above experiences


* 3.Analyze complex or unprecedented samples which may require methods development or modifications.
  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.


* 4.I have experience in the following areas. (Select all that apply):
  1. Developed new methodology
  2. Modified existing approaches/methodology
  3. Added a new analytical capability to the lab not previously available
  4. Significantly improved the productivity
  5. None of the above


* 5.I have experience performing chemical analyses using the following analytical techniques.
  1. Scanning electron microscopy
  2. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  3. Particle size measurement
  4. Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy
  5. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  6. X-ray diffraction
  7. X-ray fluorescence
  8. Atomic absorption
  9. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry
  10. High Pressure Liquid Chromatography
  11. Ion Chromatography
  12. None of the above.


* 6.Select all of the following matrices for which you have experience in analyzing for inorganic contaminants:
  1. Soil
  2. Water
  3. Air
  4. Sediment
  5. Tissue
  6. None of the Above


* 7.I have performed the following tasks in the laboratory and/or field to support research projects:
  1. Preparing a research plan and addressing the technical and administrative aspects of the plan.
  2. Monitoring a wide range of laboratory and field experiments.
  3. Performing sample analysis on sophisticated and specialized instrumentation, data collection and quality control, data analysis and evaluation of the results of the study.
  4. Preparing briefs of the study results for the scientists, and assisting in the development of the final products.
  5. None of the Above


* 8.Use techniques to prepare environmental samples in a variety of media for advanced metals 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.I have analyzed the following environmental samples:
  1. Biphasic
  2. Triphasic
  3. Highly contaminated waste
  4. Sediments>50% water
  5. TCLP Leachate
  6. Waste oil
  7. Waste solvent
  8. Multiple coelluting compounds
  9. Extremely low reporting limits in difficult matrix
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 10.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.


* 11.Please select the response that best describes your experience in writing technical information on a scientific issue and presenting a technical paper to audiences.
  1. I have not written a paper or report on a scientific issue.
  2. I have written a technical report on a scientific issue.
  3. I have co-authored a paper on a scientific issue published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  4. I have been a principal author of a paper on a scientific issue published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  5. I have never presented technical information/paper to an audience.
  6. I have presented a technical paper to a non-technical audience.
  7. I have presented a technical paper to a technical audience.
  8. I have presented a technical paper at a national meeting of a scientific organization such as ACS, AOAC, International, etc.


* 12.Work on a team that included individuals from different technical specialties.
  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.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.


* 14.Please select your highest level of participation on workgroups, committees, or teams in the last five years, including in an academic setting.
  1. I have not had experience performing this task.
  2. I have regularly attended workgroup, committee, or team meetings.
  3. I have regularly contributed to workgroup, committee, or team discussions.
  4. I have worked with workgroup, committee, or team members to develop a product or recommend a strategy.
  5. I have led or chaired workgroups, committees, or teams.


* 15.Promote and maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups (such as management, co-workers, headquarters, contractors, other field offices, states, tribes and other federal agencies) in order to reach consensus on science issues, and accomplish goals and objectives.
  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.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.


* 17.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


* 18.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


* 19.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


* 20.I certify, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all the information in this application is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application, or in any document or interview associated, I may be fined or imprisoned, denied employment, or removed and debarred from Federal service. That any info I give may be investigated. By responding No to this item I will not be considered for this position.
  1. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  2. No, I do not certify the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith.
  3. No, I do not understand the information provided above.


Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCE with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  3. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in MATHEMATICS with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  4. 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 one of the above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your 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.


* 3.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in LIFE SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  3. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  4. 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 the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering along with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 4.GS-12: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, 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.


Grade: 13
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCE with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  3. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in MATHEMATICS with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  4. 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 one of the above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-13: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, GS-13, select the option that best describes your 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.


* 3.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in LIFE SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  3. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  4. 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 the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering along with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 4.GS-13: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, 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.


* 5.Please select the response that best describes your experience in adapting, optimizing, and validating analytical chemistry methods used in support of civil and/or criminal enforcement cases.
  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.Which of the following best describe your research experience?
  1. Multiple-project tasks have been a significant part of my work, and I have trained others in this area
  2. I have performed multiple-project tasks as a regular part of a job, independently and without review of an advisor/supervisor
  3. I have performed multiple-project tasks under the supervision of an advisor/supervisor
  4. I do not have experience in this area


* 7.I have written about research findings and recommendations in:
  1. Project status summaries
  2. Technical reports
  3. Memoranda
  4. Correspondence
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 8.Do you have experience in preparing documentation/evidence and reports in support of environmental enforcement cases?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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