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Grade: 12
* 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-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Economist, 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.


3.Considering the last five years only, please select all the economics fields in which you have training/experience.
  1. Environmental economics
  2. Natural resource economics
  3. International trade
  4. Computational economics
  5. Spatial economics
  6. I do not meet any of the choices above


4.Considering the last five years only, please select all options that describe your experience in writing economics papers, reports, or documents.
  1. I have written internal documents to inform others in my organization.
  2. I have written reports for an external client.
  3. I have written official reports for the public sector or a non-governmental organization.
  4. I have authored contributions to a working paper series or other non-peer-reviewed publications (e.g. book chapters, conference proceedings).
  5. I have authored peer-reviewed research papers (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles).
  6. None of the above.


5.Please select the one response that best describes your experience in participating in technical intra-agency economics workgroups.
  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 coordinated or helped manage technical intra-agency economics workgroups, committees or teams.
  6. I have led or chaired technical intra-agency economics workgroups, committees, or teams.


6.Considering the last five years only, please select the one response that best describes your highest level of education, training, and/or experience in the analysis of market-based incentives applied to environmental protection and/or ecosystem management rules or policies.
  1. I have had graduate-level instruction but no direct practical experience in this field.
  2. I have conducted research in this field under supervision from a graduate professor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  3. I have written an official report, authored a paper for a formal working paper series, or presented research at professional meetings in this field.
  4. I have written or am in the process of writing a dissertation in this field.
  5. I have authored 1-3 peer review journal articles in this field.
  6. I have authored more than 3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above.


7.Please select all the services you have provided to EPA's program offices, and to the environmental economics profession.
  1. I have organized economics seminars for EPA and others in the environmental economics profession.
  2. I have organized EPA-sponsored workshops intended to further the use of economics as a tool for environmental decision making.
  3. I have chaired or co-chaired an EPA committee or subcommittee (e.g., recruiting, communications, research, seminars, data).
  4. I have mentored colleagues in my area of environmental economics expertise.
  5. I have organized or moderated sessions at national or regional professional economics meetings.
  6. I have served as a team or project leader for environmental economics work at EPA.
  7. I have provided technical economics consulting services to program offices on an ongoing basis.
  8. I have represented EPA's views, practices and policies on economics issues in Agency deliberations with OMB.
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above.


8.What is your experience working with economic principles, theories, quantitative models and practices sufficient to serve as a specialist in performing duties pertaining to environmental and ecological economics including natural resource valuation, non-market valuation and benefit-cost 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.Please select the one response that describes your highest level of familiarity with environmental statutes, policies, or regulations (e.g. Clean Air Act).
  1. I have no training or experience related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations
  2. I have taken undergraduate classes related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.
  3. I have taken graduate classes related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.
  4. I have worked under supervision from an instructor, supervisor, or senior employee on research/analyses, related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.
  5. I have worked independently on research/analyses relating to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.


10.Please select the ONE response that describes your highest level of education, training, and/or experience in the last five years with CGE models (e.g., G-Cubed, GTAP, WALRAS, MONASH).
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience with CGE modeling.
  2. I have had education or training in CGE modeling but have not yet applied this knowledge elsewhere.
  3. I have used CGE models under close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have used CGE models regularly, independently and usually without review by a superior.
  5. I have supervised the use of CGE models and/or I have trained others in their use and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in their use.


11.Which answer best describes your experience in applying quantitative analytical skills including economics, mathematical modeling, and statistical analysis to environmental problems.
  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 the response that best describes your experience in preparing comprehensive economic benefit-cost and economic impact analyses of environmental policy proposals.
  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 the response that best describes your experience in estimating the costs of pollution abatement and/or environmental protection.
  1. I have had graduate-level instruction but no direct practical experience in this field.
  2. I have conducted research in this field under supervision from a graduate professor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  3. I have written an official report, authored a paper for a formal working paper series, or presented research at professional meetings in this field.
  4. I have written or am in the process of writing a dissertation in this field.
  5. I have authored 1-3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  6. I have authored more than 3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  7. None of the above.


Grade: 13
* 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-13: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Economist, 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.


3.Considering the last five years only, please select all the economics fields in which you have training/experience.
  1. Environmental economics
  2. Natural resource economics
  3. International trade
  4. Computational economics
  5. Spatial economics
  6. I do not meet any of the choices above


4.Considering the last five years only, please select all options that describe your experience in writing economics papers, reports, or documents.
  1. I have written internal documents to inform others in my organization.
  2. I have written reports for an external client.
  3. I have written official reports for the public sector or a non-governmental organization.
  4. I have authored contributions to a working paper series or other non-peer-reviewed publications (e.g. book chapters, conference proceedings).
  5. I have authored peer-reviewed research papers (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles).
  6. None of the above.


5.Please select the one response that best describes your experience in participating in technical intra-agency economics workgroups.
  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 coordinated or helped manage technical intra-agency economics workgroups, committees or teams.
  6. I have led or chaired technical intra-agency economics workgroups, committees, or teams.


6.Considering the last five years only, please select the one response that best describes your highest level of education, training, and/or experience in the analysis of market-based incentives applied to environmental protection and/or ecosystem management rules or policies.
  1. I have had graduate-level instruction but no direct practical experience in this field.
  2. I have conducted research in this field under supervision from a graduate professor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  3. I have written an official report, authored a paper for a formal working paper series, or presented research at professional meetings in this field.
  4. I have written or am in the process of writing a dissertation in this field.
  5. I have authored 1-3 peer review journal articles in this field.
  6. I have authored more than 3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above.


7.Please select all the services you have provided to EPA's program offices, and to the environmental economics profession.
  1. I have organized economics seminars for EPA and others in the environmental economics profession.
  2. I have organized EPA-sponsored workshops intended to further the use of economics as a tool for environmental decision making.
  3. I have chaired or co-chaired an EPA committee or subcommittee (e.g., recruiting, communications, research, seminars, data).
  4. I have mentored colleagues in my area of environmental economics expertise.
  5. I have organized or moderated sessions at national or regional professional economics meetings.
  6. I have served as a team or project leader for environmental economics work at EPA.
  7. I have provided technical economics consulting services to program offices on an ongoing basis.
  8. I have represented EPA's views, practices and policies on economics issues in Agency deliberations with OMB.
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above.


8.What is your experience working with economic principles, theories, quantitative models and practices sufficient to serve as a specialist in performing duties pertaining to environmental and ecological economics including natural resource valuation, non-market valuation and benefit-cost 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.Please select the one response that describes your highest level of familiarity with environmental statutes, policies, or regulations (e.g. Clean Air Act).
  1. I have no training or experience related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations
  2. I have taken undergraduate classes related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.
  3. I have taken graduate classes related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.
  4. I have worked under supervision from an instructor, supervisor, or senior employee on research/analyses, related to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.
  5. I have worked independently on research/analyses relating to environmental statutes, policies, or regulations.


10.Please select the ONE response that describes your highest level of education, training, and/or experience in the last five years with CGE models (e.g., G-Cubed, GTAP, WALRAS, MONASH).
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience with CGE modeling.
  2. I have had education or training in CGE modeling but have not yet applied this knowledge elsewhere.
  3. I have used CGE models under close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have used CGE models regularly, independently and usually without review by a superior.
  5. I have supervised the use of CGE models and/or I have trained others in their use and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in their use.


11.Which answer best describes your experience in applying quantitative analytical skills including economics, mathematical modeling, and statistical analysis to environmental problems.
  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 the response that best describes your experience in preparing comprehensive economic benefit-cost and economic impact analyses of environmental policy proposals.
  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 the response that best describes your experience in estimating the costs of pollution abatement and/or environmental protection.
  1. I have had graduate-level instruction but no direct practical experience in this field.
  2. I have conducted research in this field under supervision from a graduate professor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  3. I have written an official report, authored a paper for a formal working paper series, or presented research at professional meetings in this field.
  4. I have written or am in the process of writing a dissertation in this field.
  5. I have authored 1-3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  6. I have authored more than 3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  7. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.Considering the last five years only, please select the one response that best describes your highest level of education, training, and/or experience in environmental, natural resource, or agricultural economics.
  1. I have had graduate-level instruction but no direct practical experience in this field.
  2. I have conducted research in this field under supervision from a graduate professor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  3. I have written an official report, authored a paper for a formal working paper series, or presented research at professional meetings in this field.
  4. I have written or am in the process of writing a dissertation in this field.
  5. I have authored 1-3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  6. I have authored more than 3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  7. None of the above.


2.Considering the last five years only, please select the one response that best describes your highest level of training/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.


3.Please select the topics for which you have had experience in the last five years in the context of analyzing environmental costs or benefits.
  1. Social discounting
  2. Risk and uncertainty
  3. Distributional issues
  4. None of the above


4.Considering the last five years only, please select the ONE response that describes your highest level of education, training, and/or experience in quantifying improvements or estimating the economic value of an environmental benefits category (e.g., human health, ecosystem services, recreation, existence values, etc.).
  1. I have had graduate-level instruction but no direct practical experience in this field.
  2. I have conducted research in this field under supervision from a graduate professor, supervisor, or senior employee.
  3. I have written an official report, authored a paper for a formal working paper series, or presented research at professional meetings in this field.
  4. I have written or am in the process of writing a dissertation in this field.
  5. I have authored 1-3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  6. I have authored more than 3 peer-reviewed journal articles in this field.
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above.


5.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.


* 6.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 selected Other, please list.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


7.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


8.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


9.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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