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Grade: 14
* 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-14: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, 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.


3.Experience managing complex scientific or technical projects.
  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 led a team of professionals to develop and manage technical programs and/or projects by performing the following tasks:
  1. Draft and set program priorities
  2. Determined program resource requirements
  3. Track and manage program budgets
  4. Set short and long range program goals
  5. Coordinate program activities with program staff
  6. Monitor program progress
  7. Evaluate program outcomes
  8. None of the above


* 5.Which answer best describes your experience in analyzing and finding solutions for complex environmental policy and/or radiation protection 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 supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. have performed this function as a regular part of my job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This function 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.Provide leadership to assure that the priorities and goals of the organization stay abreast of national policies, priorities, changing conditions and other conditions which may affect organizational 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.


* 7.Manage people and resources to meet organizational requirements for health and safety, quality assurance, environmental compliance, EEO, and other programs to insure a safe, productive, and legally compliant workplace.
  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.Do you have experience in providing leadership in improving the performance of an organization and in advancing program outcomes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.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.


* 10.I have performed the following management functions:
  1. Develop and conduct performance agreements
  2. Develop and implement long-term project plans
  3. Develop strategic plans
  4. Resolve conflicts
  5. Prepare budgets
  6. Approve Quality Assurance (QA) plans
  7. Approve Health & Safety Plans
  8. Approve purchases
  9. Manage contracts or other extramural projects
  10. Conduct regularly scheduled meetings
  11. I have not performed any of the management functions listed above


* 11.Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning leave, disciplinary actions, promotions, awards, and selections utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  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.Address and resolve a wide range of staff concerns (e.g. office moves, workspace issues and equipment needs) to ensure smooth organization operation.
  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.I have performed the following performance management tasks.
  1. Develop performance plans with subordinate staff members
  2. Evaluate individuals on attainment of performance standards and objectives
  3. Counsel employees on methods to improve their job performance
  4. Take disciplinary actions
  5. Make recommendations for promotions
  6. Make recommendations for awards
  7. Hire staff or make recommendations to hire staff
  8. Develop budgets
  9. None of the above


* 14.If you answered yes, what is your experience in this area:
  1. I made adjustments in employees' assignments to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks.
  2. I ensure that each employee has an integral role in developing the final team product.
  3. I have established work priorities to ensure that the unit's work is accomplished.
  4. I coordinate the work activities of a unit to ensure that unit's work is accomplished and staff members are given appropriate assignments.
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 15.I have mentored or coached team members that led to their improved performance.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Develop training plans for staff members and ensure that all professional, technical, and other job related training and development requirements are met in order for the unit to successfully perform its work.
  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.Develop program planning documents such as resource requirements, program accomplishments, project descriptions, project output plans to define program directions and 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.


* 18.Explain, defend, negotiate, and coordinate complex environmental program policies and activities 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.


* 19.Do you have experience collaborating with or creating partnerships with other partners at federal, state or local levels during times of crisis or emergency that required effective joint communication?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Communicate with others to obtain their ideas, identify potential problems, and make recommendations to management for problem resolution.
  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.Build and cultivate coalitions and alliances both internal and external to an organization to communicate and advance the organization's mission 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.


* 22.Which answer best describes your experience applying a knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, methods and techniques of radiation or environmental protection?
  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 supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  5. This function 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.


* 23.Interpretation and implementation of the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex of the National Response Framework.
  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.


* 24.Please select the response that best describe your experience in performing radiation screening measurements.
  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.


* 25.I have collected, analyzed, and reviewed data on radiological samples obtained using the following detector systems:
  1. Gamma Spectrometry
  2. Alpha Spectrometry
  3. Gross alpha/beta
  4. Scintillation
  5. None of the above.


* 26.Experience in applying theories and practices of environmental monitoring.
  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.


* 27.Please select the response that best describe your experience in developing, evaluating and validating standard operating procedures related to radiation measurements for use under QA/QC settings.
  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.


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


* 29.Initiate and lead briefings or meetings or seminars to present technical or scientific data, results, future directions, and resource needs to 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.


* 30.Do you have experience in emergency response and the Incident Command system as it applies to incidents involving the release of hazardous chemicals, radiation, biological agents or oil spills?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 31.Prepare sampling plans, quality assurance/quality control plans, and health and safety plans to conduct radiological environmental sampling.
  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.


* 32.Select the one response which best describes your professional ability to conduct investigations and interpret field data to solve problems for environmental hazards that are contaminating or could contaminate air, soil and/or water.
  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.


* 33.What experience do you have planning, coordinating and/or facilitating State and local agency, industrial and other group efforts focused on the evaluation and resolution of issues related to radiation programs, alternatives and issues?
  1. I have experience in planning, coordinating and/or facilitating State and local agency, industrial and other group efforts to evaluate and resolve environmental issues
  2. I have worked as a team member supporting planning, coordinating and/or facilitating State and local agency, industrial and other group efforts to evaluate and resolve radiation issues
  3. I have planned, coordinated and/or facilitated State and local agency, industrial and other group efforts to evaluate and resolve radiation issues
  4. I have supervised others who have planned, coordinated and/or facilitated State and local agency, industrial and other group efforts to evaluate and resolve radiation issues
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


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

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

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  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)






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