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Grade: All Grades

1 Please check the following areas in which you consider yourself thoroughly knowledgeable because of directly related work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Clean Water Act
  • Wetlands Protection Program
  • National Estuary Program
  • Coastal Wetlands, Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
  • Surface Water Monitoring
  • Watershed Protection
  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)
  • Non-Point Source Program
  • None of the above
2 I have conducted inspections at environmental sites. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Have you made recommendations or presented options to a decision-making body, or a collaborative stakeholders group as a part of your job? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Which of the following describe your experience in managing projects or programs: Answer to this question is required
  • Setting priorities
  • Delegating work assignments
  • Developing appropriate and flexible solutions to changing workload
  • Tracking and reporting
  • Developing solutions and reporting findings to management team
  • I do not meet any of the choices above.
5 Select the responses that describe your experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience applying environmental laws and regulations to wastewater treatment issues
  • I have experience applying permitting and enforcement regulations under the Clean Water Act
  • I have experience interpreting and applying the Clean Water Act
  • I have experience in water quality management/planning
  • I have experience evaluating the efficiency and cost effectiveness of non-point source programs
  • I do not have any of the above experiences
6 My experience in protecting, restoring and enhancing wetlands includes: Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have any of the listed experience in protecting, restoring or enhancing wetlands
  • Performing an approved wetland rapid assessment method
  • Monitoring or providing oversight of a created wetland for determining if success criteria are being met
  • Providing technical advice to landowners who are interested in creating or restoring previously drained wetlands on their property
  • Working with federal and state agencies to provide regulatory advice to landowners who wish to restore or remove wetlands from their property
  • Providing comments for a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 Public Notice in order to ensure the permit applicant has explored all practicable alternatives to avoid and minimize wetland impacts
  • Working with federal and state agencies and other stakeholders in establishing and monitoring a successful wetland mitigation bank
7 I have experience in assessing the level of structure and functionality of aquatic ecosystems in the following ways: Answer to this question is required
  • Performing hydric soil determinations using the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States
  • Using water-monitoring wells to determine hydroperiod
  • Delineating wetlands using the Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual
  • Performing wetland assessments using an approved rapid assessment method
  • Performing pebble counts in streams
  • Identifying bank full indicators in streams
  • Collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates in stream habitats
  • Using an approved methodology for determining flow regimes in headwater streams
  • Collecting and identifying fish in rivers and streams
  • Collecting and identifying mollusks and bivalves in wetlands or streams
  • Identifying many common wetland plant species
  • Developing research plans, goals, objectives and timelines to address ecological data relative to wetland ecosystems
  • My experience is not reflected in the choices above
8 I have experience applying botanical knowledge to identify common wetland plants in the following ecosystems: Answer to this question is required
  • Riverine bottomland hardwood forest
  • Carolina bays and pocosins
  • Pine flatwoods and cypress domes
  • Tidal flats
  • Estuarine saltwater marsh
  • Estuarine freshwater marsh
  • Cypress-gum swamp
  • Mangrove
  • Lacustrine fringe wetlands
  • None of the above
9 I have significant work experience working in the following areas related to Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permitting: Answer to this question is required
  • Determining the scope of federal jurisdictional for permitting purposes
  • Reviewing and commenting on Public Notices for Section 404 activities
  • Reviewing Section 401 water quality certifications
  • Identifying activities that are exempt from Section 404 regulations
  • Reviewing permit applications for Section 404 activities and ensuring adherence to the 404(b)(1) Guidelines
  • Identifying proper compensatory mitigation for impacts to aquatic resources
  • Reviewing and commenting on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) actions involving impacts to aquatic resources
  • Preparing documentation and making recommendations to upper management on Section 404(q) elevation decisions
  • Providing support and coordinating with the Wetlands Enforcement program
  • None of the above
10 Do you have experience in delineating wetlands and streams for Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Program? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 I have the following experience for permit applications, in accordance with the Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) guidance. Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewing permits
  • Evaluating alternatives
  • Proposing alternatives or modifications to Corps of Engineers
  • None of the above
12 Identify the agencies and/or environmental programs with which you have experience negotiating, coordinating, cooperating or working jointly in some capacity. Answer to this question is required
  • US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • US Department of the Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory/Civil Works
  • Federal Highway Administration/Department of Transportation Infrastructure
  • Clean Air Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Pesticides
  • Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  • Superfund
  • None of the above
13 Please select all that describe your experience Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying discrepancies in technical reports and data sets.
  • Assessing the quality of data for use in risk assessments.
  • Determining whether or not collected environmental data are consistent with technical information from other sources.
  • Analyzing environmental or biologically related data
  • Analyzing public health data.
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
14 Experience using a geographic information system (GIS) to work with wetland programs to successfully implement Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) guidance regulating placement of dredged and fill material in waters of the U.S., including: Answer to this question is required
  • Federal Programs
  • State Programs
  • Tribal Programs
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit applications
  • Jurisdictional determinations
  • None of the above
15 I have prepared written correspondence, documents, and reports for the following: Answer to this question is required
  • peers and/or teams
  • supervisors and/or managers
  • executive managers
  • audiences who are external to your organization
  • peer-reviewed publications
  • none of the above.
16 Provide briefings to management and/or staff on the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Project status
  • Project problems
  • Project recommendations
  • Findings to date
  • None of the above
17 I have made presentations or given briefings on the following topics: Answer to this question is required
  • Budget
  • Administrative procedures
  • Environmental risks
  • Project statuses, findings to date, problems and recommendations
  • Recommendations for problem solutions
  • Policy issues
  • Potential impacts of changing regulations or policies for the organization
  • Hazardous waste clean-up or remedy selection
  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Solid waste pollution
  • Pesticides/toxics
  • Homeland security
  • Regulations and policies
  • Financial and resource management issues
  • Information management and quality
  • Legal matters
  • Environmental engineering requirements
  • Performance measurement
  • Organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities
  • I do not meet any of the choices above.
18 Where did you learn about this EPA Position? Answer to this question is required
  • Job Fair/Career Conference
  • Referral from a Professional Organization
  • Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  • Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  • Referral from a current EPA employee
  • Referral from a friend or family member
  • EPA Internet Site
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  • Referral from a State or Local government
  • Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  • Other (w/Branch)
    18.1 If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.
19 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
20 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
21 Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
22 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. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 09

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • 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 biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-09: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-09, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 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.
  • I have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
3 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research with at least 30 semester hours in BASIC AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES which included 9 semester hours in ECOLOGY and 12 semester hours in PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
4 GS-09: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, GS-09, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 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.
  • I have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
5 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
6 GS-09: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, GS-09, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 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.
  • I have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.