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Grade: 05
1.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or education as it relates to this position.
  1. I have 1 year experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects.
  2. I have 4 years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field.
  3. I have a qualifying combination of experience and education that together meet the requirements for the position.
  4. I do NOT have the experience or education described above.


2.Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position.
  1. I have one year of full-time experience at the GS-04 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as handling and maintaining natural science specimens, compiling and maintaining data records created from source materials such as labels, specimen/objects and catalogs and operating digital cameras, scanners and image editing software to prepare digital images of specimens.
  2. I have qualifying education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  4. I do not have the experience or education described above.


3.Which of the following statements best describes your highest level of experience with museum collections documentation?
  1. I have assisted in a physical inventory by matching records with items
  2. I have independently matched records to items and have identified inconsistencies in the records
  3. I have independently matched records to items, identified inconsistencies, and resolved those inconsistencies
  4. I have no experience with collections documentation


4.Which of the following best describes your level of education in specimen preservation?
  1. I have had a long-term personal interest
  2. I have had courses at the undergraduate level
  3. I have had courses at the graduate level
  4. I have had other relevant education
  5. I have had an internship(s)
  6. I have had volunteer or personal experience related to the field
  7. I have no educational experience in the field of specimen preservation


5.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience working in teams?
  1. I have no experience working in teams.
  2. I have experience leading teams that required developing cooperation of team members, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  3. I have experience leading teams that required agreement on complex issues, building team spirit and cohesiveness, interacting with team members constructively, and solving problems as a group.
  4. I have experience leading teams that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse members, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.


6.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in a team environment?
  1. I regularly work in team settings and frequently lead teams in work-related projects.
  2. I occasionally work in team settings and lead teams in work-related projects.
  3. I have led teams in non-work related activities.
  4. I have worked effectively as part of a team in meeting common team goals.
  5. I do not have significant work experience working with teams.


7.Which of the following computer software applications have you have used as part of your job? (Check all that apply)
  1. Integrated office software (e.g., Corel office, MS office).
  2. Environmental montoring software (e.g., Climate Notebook).
  3. Document sharing software (e.g., Adobe Acrobat).
  4. Database management systems.
  5. Digital imaging software.
  6. Collections information systems (e.g., EMu, TMS).
  7. Internet browsers.
  8. Image management programs (e.g., Adobe Photoshop).
  9. Other common office software applications.
  10. I do not have experience with any common office software applications.


8.Which of the following best represents your experience with relational database programs, such as MS Access, Oracle, Filemaker, or SQL Server?
  1. I have no experience with relational databases
  2. I have created new records
  3. I have edited/updated data in linked tables
  4. I have used reporting software to prepare simple reports (reports based on a single table)
  5. I have used reporting software to prepare complex reports (reports based on multiple tables)
  6. I have created queries to produce reports


9.Which of the following software and equipment do you have experience using, in a professional setting for the purpose of creating or editing visual projects? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have experience using Adobe Photoshop or equivalent.
  2. I have experience using Adobe InDesign or equivalent.
  3. I have experience using Adobe Illustrator or equivalent.
  4. I have experience using Adobe Acrobat Pro or equivalent.
  5. I have experience using Excel or equivalent.
  6. I have experience using Word or equivalent.
  7. None of the above


10.Which items, from the following list of collections documentation practices, identifies duties that you have regularly performed in previous positions? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have performed shelf surveys / inventories
  2. I have accurately recorded information using automated systems
  3. I have adhered to data standards for collections management
  4. I have assisted with the resolution of inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records
  5. I have independently resolved inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records
  6. I have assisted with the maintenance of inventory holdings using automated or hard copy records
  7. I have independently maintained accurate inventory of holdings using automated or hard copy records
  8. I have no experience with collection documentation practices


11.Do you have professional or educational experience using digitization equipment (e.g. Digital cameras, scanners) to edit digital images of specimens, for purpose of documenting collections?
  1. Yes
  2. No


12.Which of the following types of museum specimens do you have experience handling in a museum (or a related setting)? Check all that apply
  1. Oversized collections such as large sculptures, machines, or other large artifacts/specimens that require material handling equipment to move
  2. Fluid preserved (alcohol/formalin) biological specimens in jars
  3. Fluid preserved (alcohol/formalin) biological specimens in tanks
  4. Skeletal remains
  5. Skin, fur, or feathered covered objects
  6. Botany/plant/herbarium specimens
  7. Other types of museum specimens
  8. None of the above


13.Which of the following tasks can you perform using relational database software? (Check all that apply)
  1. Look up information in tables
  2. Create new tables
  3. Create new queries
  4. Create new forms and/or reports
  5. Design a database
  6. Program in SQL
  7. Create code to integrate a database into a web environment


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