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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.


Grade: All Grades
1.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.


2.Establish and monitor performance measures to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and progress of the team in meeting its plans, 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.


3.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.


* 4.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.


5.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.


* 6.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


7.Select the responses that describe your experience managing an organization.
  1. I have assigned work based on priorities
  2. I have organized and managed staff and resources
  3. I have directed, coordinated, and overseen work through team leaders
  4. I have evaluated the performance of employees or team members
  5. I have identified training needs of employees or team members
  6. I have made decisions on non-routine, costly, or controversial training needs or developmental assignment requests
  7. I have developed and discussed performance standards of employees or team members
  8. I have recommended awards and employee recognition
  9. I have resolved employee issues including grievances, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints or similar issues
  10. I have managed conflict among staff
  11. I have recommended disciplinary actions, i.e., warnings, reprimands, suspensions, etc.
  12. I have interviewed candidates to fill vacancies and recommended selections
  13. I have approved expenses and budget related to overtime, travel and other purchases
  14. I have assessed and developed long range budget projections
  15. I have developed short and long-term goals for staff and financial resources
  16. I have determined need for staff support, i.e., contractors, grantees, etc.
  17. I do not have any of the above experiences


8.Which response best describes your experience developing and conducting briefings for senior management officials where analyses are presented, along with conclusions and recommendations?
  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.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.


10.Demonstrated history of overseeing the production of effective written communications (i.e., papers and briefings) to convey technical and non-technical information concisely and clearly to persons with varied technical and business 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.


11.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.


12.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


13.Which answer best describes your experience applying a knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, methods and techniques of radiation 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.


14.Select the answer that best describes your experience in leading communication of complex environmental or radiation issues to a variety of technical, policy and lay 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.


15.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.


16.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.


17.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.


18.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.


19.Please select the response that best describe your experience in performing gamma spectroscopy calibration, data acquisition, analysis, and review in a radiation laboratory setting.
  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.


20.What experience do you have in performing radiation analysis of environmental samples?
  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.Select the response that describe your experience translating senior level strategic plans into operational level program plans.
  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.Do you have expert experience in training, leading or preparing a team of experts in accomplishing a difficult mission under highly stressful and possibly hazardous conditions in response to a terrorist attack or other catastrophic event?
  1. Yes
  2. No


23.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


24.Do you have knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of environmental laboratory radiation measurements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


25.Please select the response that best describes your experience in leading and managing a radiological emergency response program.
  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.






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