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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select all of the responses that describe classes of inorganic chemicals that you have synthesized in the laboratory.
  1. Electrolytes and solid state dielectrics
  2. Inorganic catalysts
  3. Inorganic nanomaterials including nanoparticles
  4. Inorganic pigments
  5. Metallics and organometallics
  6. Phosphors
  7. Silicon- or aluminum-based chemicals
  8. Other inorganic chemical classes
  9. None of the above.


* 2.Indicate all of the laws you have interpreted and applied as a significant part of a job you have held.
  1. Clean Water Act (CWA)
  2. Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  3. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  4. Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  5. Migratory Bird Treaties Act (MBTA)
  6. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 3.If you have worked on a team, what types of teams have they been?
  1. Work group
  2. Committee
  3. Self-directed work team
  4. Team with representatives across divisions within an agency
  5. Team with representatives across agencies
  6. Team with representatives from other countries
  7. Team with representatives from different occupations or program areas
  8. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices


* 4.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in applying models of the environmental fate and transport of pesticides or other environmental contaminants.
  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.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in developing, validating, and applying model(s) of fate and transport of environmental contaminants in terrestrial environments, ground water and surface 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.


* 6.Do you have experience in synthesizing or formulating nanomaterials or nanoparticles in a research, academic, industrial, or commercial setting?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in the critical review of studies of the fate, dissipation, or transport of environmental contaminants.
  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.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in assessing environmental fate and transport of industrial chemicals or other environmental contaminants.
  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.Select the components of a chemical analysis that you have reviewed to ensure their adequacy.
  1. Quality plans
  2. Test procedures
  3. Specifications
  4. Production methods
  5. Processes
  6. Equipment
  7. None of the above


* 10.Select the responses that describe your experience in the review and development of written materials for environmental reporting.
  1. Researched scientific literature for the use in developing environmental models
  2. Develop risk assessments on environmental pesticides
  3. Develop scientific reports that analyze pesticide fate and transport to contaminant ground water
  4. Develop scientific reports that analyze fate and transport of environmental contaminants surface water
  5. None of the above


* 11.I have made formal or informal presentations in the following settings:
  1. Before decision makers
  2. To advisory groups
  3. To peers
  4. At public meetings
  5. During focus groups
  6. At professional meetings or conferences
  7. During workshops
  8. At training orientation sessions
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 12.Communicate technical issues to a wide variety of audiences
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 13.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.


* 14.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


* 15.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


* 16.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


* 17.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.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 11
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  3. 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.
  4. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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 have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 3.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  5. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  6. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence.
  7. I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described above.
  8. I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  9. I do not meet any of the above.


* 4.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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 have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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.
  5. 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:
  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.


* 6.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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 have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 7.Indicate all of the following kinds of assessments of pesticides or other environmental contaminants to which you have contributed as a member of a team:
  1. Environmental/Ecological assessment
  2. Ecological hazard assessment
  3. Environmental fate assessment integrating fate, transport and exposure data
  4. Assessment of environmental risk mitigation methods and practices
  5. Environmental risk assessment integrating exposure and hazard
  6. Assessment of risk to endangered species
  7. Probabilistic assessment of environmental/ecological exposure and risk
  8. Human health hazard, exposure, or risk assessment
  9. Pesticide use assessment
  10. Benefits assessments
  11. None of the above.


* 8.Select the responses that describe your experience with contaminants.
  1. Analyzed the physical/chemical contaminant transport in a water environment
  2. Model the fate and transport of environmental contaminates in groundwater
  3. Model the fate and transport of environmental contaminates in surface water
  4. Model the fate and transport of environmental contaminates in terrestrial environments
  5. None of the above


* 9.Indicate all of the following kinds of assessments of pesticides or other environmental contaminants which you have performed working alone:
  1. Evaluation of scientific data
  2. Statistical analysis of scientific data
  3. Environmental/ecological assessment
  4. Ecological hazard assessment
  5. Environmental fate assessment integrating fate, transport and exposure data
  6. Assessment of environmental risk mitigation methods and practices
  7. Environmental risk assessment integrating exposure and hazard
  8. Assessment of risk to endangered species
  9. Probabilistic assessment of environmental/ecological exposure and risk
  10. Human health hazard, exposure, or risk assessment
  11. Pesticide use assessment
  12. Benefits assessments
  13. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  3. 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.
  4. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life 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 Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  5. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  6. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence.
  7. I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described above.
  8. I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  9. I do not meet any of the above.


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


* 5.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.


* 6.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.


* 7.Indicate all of the following kinds of assessments of pesticides or other environmental contaminants to which you have contributed as a member of a team:
  1. Environmental/Ecological assessment
  2. Ecological hazard assessment
  3. Environmental fate assessment integrating fate, transport and exposure data
  4. Assessment of environmental risk mitigation methods and practices
  5. Environmental risk assessment integrating exposure and hazard
  6. Assessment of risk to endangered species
  7. Probabilistic assessment of environmental/ecological exposure and risk
  8. Human health hazard, exposure, or risk assessment
  9. Pesticide use assessment
  10. Benefits assessments
  11. None of the above.


* 8.Select the responses that describe your experience with contaminants.
  1. Analyzed the physical/chemical contaminant transport in a water environment
  2. Model the fate and transport of environmental contaminates in groundwater
  3. Model the fate and transport of environmental contaminates in surface water
  4. Model the fate and transport of environmental contaminates in terrestrial environments
  5. None of the above


* 9.Indicate all of the following kinds of assessments of pesticides or other environmental contaminants which you have performed working alone:
  1. Evaluation of scientific data
  2. Statistical analysis of scientific data
  3. Environmental/ecological assessment
  4. Ecological hazard assessment
  5. Environmental fate assessment integrating fate, transport and exposure data
  6. Assessment of environmental risk mitigation methods and practices
  7. Environmental risk assessment integrating exposure and hazard
  8. Assessment of risk to endangered species
  9. Probabilistic assessment of environmental/ecological exposure and risk
  10. Human health hazard, exposure, or risk assessment
  11. Pesticide use assessment
  12. Benefits assessments
  13. None of the above.






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