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YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Examples of specialized experience qualifying for the GS-11 level may include: conducting marine inspections on a variety of vessels (e.g., passenger, tank, commercial, tankship, tankbarge, chemical ships including foreign vessels, towing and fishing); determining compliance with laws, regulations, and applicable standards, verifying the existence of proper vessel documentation and the certification and safe and proper operating order of systems (navigation, communication, alarm, lifesaving, firefighting, and pollution prevention systems) and machinery, and the soundness and acceptable parameters of vessel structures and hulls; identifying hazardous conditions and violations and prescribing corrective measures; and writing analytical reports.

* 1.GS-11 Choose the answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 that is in or directly related to the duties described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have completed a Ph.D., or at least 3 years of graduate level education towards such a degree, in a field directly related to this position.
  3. I have a combination of directly related work experience and graduate level education.
  4. My experience and/or education does not match the choices above.


YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION(S) MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 2.Which of the following statements best describes your experience determining that vessels to be examined have the proper documents and certificates on board and in effect?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Applicants for this position must be knowledgeable in the regulations and laws affecting a variety of vessels (i.e. passenger, commercial, pleasure, freight, floating facilities, drilling units, etc.) Please read the following statements and select the one that applies to you.
  1. I have extensive experience (4 or more years) and formal training in the regulations and laws affecting commercial vessels and facilities operating in support of the offshore oil and gas industry (i.e. offshore supply vessels, mobile offshore drilling units, fixed production platforms, floating offshore installations, floating production, storage and offloading vessels, etc.) including vessel design, structure, safety, certification, manning, and pollution prevention.
  2. I have limited experience (less than 4 years) in the regulations and laws affecting commercial vessels and facilities operating in support of the offshore oil and gas industry (i.e. offshore supply vessels, mobile offshore drilling units, fixed production platforms, floating offshore installations, floating production, storage and offloading vessels, etc.) including vessel design, structure, safety, certification, manning, and pollution prevention.
  3. I have no experience and formal training that meets the description above.


* 4.Which of the following systems have you examined to insure that they are in compliance with applicable standards and regulations?
  1. Navigation
  2. Communication
  3. Alarm
  4. Lifesaving
  5. Firefighting
  6. Pollution Prevention
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Which of the following statements best describes your experience providing guidance to commercial fishing vessel owners and operators on design, construction, and operational items that must be corrected and on areas that could be improved?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Which of the following statements best describes your experience working with commercial fishing vessel owners and operators to help them operate vessels safely, and in compliance with various related laws and regulations?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following statements best describes your experience researching, analyzing, identifying, and reporting on risk factors related to commercial fishing activity types and those with elevated risks?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Which of the following statements best describes your experience developing training and qualification programs for enforcement and outreach fishing vessel safety activities?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following statements best describes your experience developing and conducting training for lower level examiners and fishing vessel owners on directives, methodologies and practices pertinent to commercial fishing vessel safety, compliance and examination program?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Select the one answer that best describes your highest level of experience providing guidance to commercial vessel owners and operators on design, construction and operational items to help them operate safely and in compliance with various laws and regulations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.From the following list of regulations and standards, please select those of which you have comprehensive knowledge, and have applied in work situations:
  1. I have a comprehensive knowledge of International Classification Society (e.g., American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyds, etc.) Standards.
  2. I have a comprehensive knowledge of Vessel Screening and Targeting Policies (e.g., ANOA Policy, HIV Targeting Matrix, MTSA/ISPS and PSC Compliance Matrix).
  3. I have a comprehensive knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations, Titles 33, 46, and U.S. Code Annotated Title 46.
  4. I have a comprehensive knowledge of Maritime International Treaties dealing with vessel/crew/cargo safety and security (e.g.: SOLAS, MARPOL, ILO, ISPS, STCW, etc.).
  5. None of the above.


* 12.Which of the following statements best describes your experience examining steel and aluminum welds fiberglass and wood hull repairs and ensuring that they conform to established standards and processes?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Which best describes your experience, training and/or education providing authoritative interpretations of highly complex data, requirements, procedures, and regulations relating to the U.S. commercial vessel safety programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Which best describes your experience, training and/or education communicating with colleagues, agency management, and other contacts outside the government to gather and analyze information about agency processes and programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Which best describes your experience, training and/or education coordinating and draft responses to industry inquiries, waivers, and appeals involving program management.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.






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