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Grade: 11
* 1.Basic Requirement - Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in biological science that included at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects such as those described in the examples below, 12 semester hours in zoology subjects such as those described in the examples below, 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences, and 15 semester hours in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils and/or geology.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


Wildlife and Zoology Subject Examples:
  • Wildlife Subjects - mammalogy, ornithology, animal, ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology
  • Zoology Subjects - general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects


  • * 2.GS-11 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
    1. I have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
    2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service described in the vacancy announcement.
    3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first year of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
    4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


    Grade: 12
    * 1.Basic Requirement - Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
    1. I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in biological science that included at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects such as those described in the examples below, 12 semester hours in zoology subjects such as those described in the examples below, 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences, and 15 semester hours in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils and/or geology.
    2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


    Wildlife and Zoology Subject Examples:
  • Wildlife Subjects - mammalogy, ornithology, animal, ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology
  • Zoology Subjects - general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects


  • * 2.GS-12 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
    1. I have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
    2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service described in the vacancy announcement.
    3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first two years of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
    4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


    Grade: All Grades
    * 1.Do you possess a current driver's license from one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or territories or possessions of the United States? If you respond yes to this question and you are interviewed, you must be prepared to present your driver's license as confirmation.
    1. Yes
    2. No


    * 2.Which of the following represents the highest level degree you hold in biology, ecology, wildlife ecology or wildlife biology?
    1. Bachelors
    2. Masters
    3. Ph.D
    4. None of the above


    * 3.In addition to holding a professional degree in Biology or Wildlife Biology I have successfully completed at least one year of post graduate level course work, research, and/or professionally supervised training in the following
    1. Animal science
    2. Zoology
    3. Ecology
    4. Population Biology
    5. Wildlife disease management
    6. Microbiology
    7. Molecular Biology
    8. Chemistry
    9. Biochemistry
    10. Epidemiology
    11. Parasitology
    12. Pharmacology
    13. Immunology
    14. Bacteriology
    15. Virology
    16. Toxicology
    17. Serology
    18. Mycology
    19. Vaccinology
    20. Epizootiology
    21. Acarology
    22. Statistics
    23. Research design
    24. None of the above


    * 4.Which of the following duties have you performed as part of research projects/studies you have coordinated and/or conducted?
    1. Developed the study plan, procedures, experiments, protocols, and data requirements
    2. Developed work plans for the projects and staff assigned to the study
    3. Assigned work and methods according to required protocols
    4. Designed and conducted experiments using simulated environmental conditions
    5. Designed and conducted experiments using actual environmental conditions
    6. Served as the lead investigator for 1-3 laboratory technicians/scientists
    7. Simultaneously served as the lead investigator for 4 or more laboratory technicians/scientists
    8. Prepared the operating budget including human resources / labor cost projections
    9. Managed the expenditure of appropriated and non-appropriated funds used to carry out the research
    10. Prepared and published the research results
    11. None of the above


    * 5.Which of the following types of research have you independently performed?
    1. Mathematical/Ecological Modeling
    2. Observational field studies
    3. Field monitoring studies
    4. Descriptive studies
    5. Laboratory experiments
    6. Field experiments
    7. Pen trials
    8. Field trials
    9. Choice trials
    10. None of the above


    * 6.Which of the following best describes your education and experience in designing experiments to estimate parameters or to evaluate effects of treatments?
    1. I have taken less than 3 college-level courses that strongly emphasized experimental design in biological or natural resource applications.
    2. I have taken 3 or more college-level courses in statistics that strongly emphasized quantitative experimental design.
    3. I have taken 3 or more college-level courses in statistics that strongly emphasized quantitative experimental design and I have employed knowledge from these courses in designing, analyzing and reporting on less than 3 scientific studies.
    4. I have taken 3 or more college-level courses in statistics that strongly emphasized quantitative experimental design and I have employed knowledge from these courses in designing, analyzing and reporting on 3 or more scientific studies.


    * 7.Which of the following best describes your experience planning and executing research studies that incorporate sound scientific principles and use of appropriate and contemporary experimental designs and statistical procedures for field and/or captive-animal studies?
    1. I have received graduate-level education or training which enables me to perform this job function, but I have not performed it on the job.
    2. I have graduate-level experience and have been involved with and conducted field and captive-animal research as part of regular jobs I have held.
    3. I am highly skilled through graduate-level coursework and work experience and have independently planned, organized, coordinated, and conducted field and captive-animal research.
    4. None of the above


    * 8.Which of the following best describes your experience participating in, planning, or implementing field and/or captive disease research on mammal species?
    1. I have received college level education or training conducting disease research on mammals, but I have not performed it on the job.
    2. I have participated in disease research on mammals in the field or captive studies as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
    3. I have planned, implemented, and participated in field and/or captive disease research studies on mammals. Using this data, I have formulated conclusions and/or recommended actions for management or further studies.
    4. None of the above


    * 9.Which of the following best describes your highest level of education and experience with wildlife disease research?
    1. I have received graduate education in diseases of wildlife, but I have not applied this knowledge on the job.
    2. I have received graduate education in diseases of wildlife and have applied this knowledge as a regular part of jobs I have held.
    3. In addition to holding a graduate degree pertinent to this area, I have extensive experience conducting wildlife disease research as a regular part of jobs I have held. My expertise has enabled me to instruct others in wildlife disease and/or I have been consulted as an expert in this area by other professionals.
    4. None of the above


    * 10.Through training and experience I have demonstrated proficiency in effectively and safely employing the following tools and techniques:
    1. Foothold traps
    2. Cages traps
    3. Chemical immobilization
    4. Other live capture methods
    5. Handling wild animals
    6. VHF Telemetry
    7. GPS Telemetry
    8. Operating 4x4 trucks in rough terrain
    9. Operating ATVs in rough terrain
    10. Working long, odd hours in adverse outdoor environments
    11. Collecting biological samples from wildlife (blood, tissue, etc)
    12. Preserving, labeling, maintaining and shipping specimens/samples
    13. Euthanasia of wildlife
    14. Performing necropsies on wildlife
    15. None of the above


    * 11.Which of the following best describes your highest level of education and experience in research projects/studies to assess the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to domestic animals and/or humans?
    1. I have no education or experience in research projects/studies to assess the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to domestic animals and/or humans.
    2. I have participated in one or more academic research projects/studies at the post graduate level to assess the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to domestic animals and/or humans.
    3. I have participated in one or more research projects/studies to assess the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to domestic animals and/or humans as a regular part of jobs I have held.
    4. I have participated in research projects/studies to assess the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to domestic animals and/or humans both at the post graduate level and as a regular part of jobs I have held.
    5. In addition to holding a post graduate degree pertinent to this area, I have extensive experience participating in a variety of research projects/studies to assess the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to domestic animals and/or humans as part of jobs I have held. I have been consulted as an expert in this area by other professionals.


    * 12.Which of the following best describes your highest level of education and experience conducting research/studies to develop products/methods to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population?
    1. I have no education or experience in research/studies to develop products/methods to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population.
    2. I have participated in one or more academic research projects/studies at the post graduate level to develop products/methods to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population.
    3. I have participated in one or more research projects/studies to develop products/methods to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population as a regular part of jobs I have held.
    4. I have participated in or conducted one or more research projects/studies to develop products/methods to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population both at the post graduate level and as a regular part of jobs I have held.
    5. In addition to holding a post graduate degree pertinent to this area, I have extensive experience conducting research projects/studies to develop products/methods to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population. I have been consulted as an expert in this area by other professionals. Methods developed from my research have been or are currently used to reduce or eradicate disease occurring within a wildlife species/population.


    * 13.Which of the following have you carried out successfully, completely, and independently in performing scientific research?
    1. Designed and led one or more epidemiological research projects
    2. Designed and led one or more wildlife disease ecological research projects
    3. Designed and led one or more surveillance or monitoring studies
    4. Applied geographical information systems to the research
    5. Applied spatial statistics to the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data
    6. Used meta-population analyses to evaluate, interpret, and report research data
    7. Applied population analysis methods to evaluate, interpret, and report research data
    8. Used SIR models (Susceptible, Infectious, Recovered) in the research
    9. Used neural networks
    10. Used multivariate statistics and statistical analyses in the research
    11. Used optimal control theory in the research
    12. Developed and/or used structured population or epidemiology models in the research
    13. None of the above


    * 14.I am proficient at using computer technology to support the following:
    1. Designing, developing, and applying scientific analysis models
    2. Designing, developing, and applying risk assessment models
    3. Conducting tests to draw statistical inferences about the significance of correlated factors
    4. Data sampling, collection, recording, and control
    5. Designing databases and relational data elements
    6. Populating databases, data mining, correlation, and reporting
    7. Other epidemiological analysis or survey functions
    8. None of the above


    * 15.Which of the following best describes your research experience with geospatial data management in a multi-user environment using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to design and implement geospatial data collection and analyses?
    1. I have not performed these functions.
    2. I have received college-level education or training which enables me to perform this function, but I have not performed it on the job.
    3. I have routinely and independently been involved with geospatial data management and research in a multi-user environment as part of regular jobs I have held.
    4. I am highly skilled at and have designed and implemented geospatial data management in a multi-user environment using GIS and GPS.


    * 16.I am proficient at safely and properly operating the following laboratory instrumentation/equipment:
    1. pH meters
    2. Centrifuges
    3. Ultra-centrifuges
    4. Balances
    5. Microscopes
    6. Fluorescent microscopes
    7. Plate washers
    8. Spectrophotometers
    9. Incubators
    10. CO2 incubators
    11. RNA/DNA tissue processors
    12. Thermocyclers
    13. Pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) systems
    14. Real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) systems
    15. Robotic PCR systems
    16. Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) systems/readers
    17. None of the above


    * 17.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that reflect your strongest capabilities. Please restrict your answers to those skills which you have personally applied at work and/or in academic or volunteer settings.
    1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project
    2. Negotiate with or influence others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new initiatives or technologies
    3. Interact and perform effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
    4. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project
    5. Administer consequences, hold others accountable, and enforce program policies and standards in the workplace
    6. Work with representatives of outside groups that hold opposing views or positions to resolve issues
    7. Build and sustain working relationships with outside persons in order to obtain information or commitments to taking action
    8. Interact with representatives of outside groups in order to accomplish your employer's goals
    9. Effectively persuade industry officials to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve their operations
    10. None of the above


    * 18.From the following list, please identify those items you have written:
    1. Formal correspondence
    2. User documentation and instructions
    3. Policies, guidelines, or directives
    4. Operating procedures
    5. Technical proposals or quality manuals
    6. Study or research reports
    7. Product specifications
    8. Statements of work
    9. Publications, bulletins, or articles on wildlife depredation control
    10. Publications, bulletins, or articles on wildlife disease control
    11. Radio, television, and/or newspaper press releases
    12. Inspection reports
    13. Graduate level thesis (Masters or Ph.D.)
    14. Other written products
    15. None of the above


    * 19.I am proficient at independently making decisions concerning work priorities and/or operational needs.
    1. Yes
    2. No


    * 20.I have performed the following leadership functions in work unit or team assignments:
    1. Planning work assignments to be assigned to project/team members
    2. Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments
    3. Assigning tasks/responsibilities to project/team members
    4. Reviewing completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
    5. Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems
    6. Reporting progress to supervisors
    7. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed operations
    8. Providing budget estimates for an approved work plan
    9. None of the above


    * 21.Has your work schedule been full-time, i.e., 35-40 hours per week, for every position listed on your resume or OF-612?
    1. Yes
    2. No

          BRANCHED: * 1.In the space below, please list for all positions held: position title, employer, dates employed (MM/DD/YY) and work schedule (i.e., Full-Time (FT), Part-Time (PT), etc., and hrs/wk). Please list in order with current/most recent position first. Failure to provide all requested information may prevent us from giving credit for experience.

      (Example:
      1. HR Asst, USDA/APHIS, 05/01/03 to Present, FT, 40 hrs/wk
      2. Sales Associate, Target, 10/29/00 to 04/23/03, PT, 15 hrs/wk)

         Maximum length of 8000 characters.



    * 22.Please self-certify your most recent performance appraisal level from a formal annual appraisal or by indicating your current performance is at least fully successful. Select one of the following:
    1. Fully Successful (Pass) or better on my most recent annual performance appraisal.
    2. Less than Fully Successful (Fail) on my most recent annual performance appraisal.
    3. My current performance is at least Fully Successful (Pass) or better. I did not receive a formal performance appraisal.
    4. My current performance is less than Fully Successful (Fail). I did not receive a formal performance appraisal.
    5. I am not a current Federal employee.


    * 23.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, 50B, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
    1. Yes
    2. No


    * 24.I understand that any correspondence necessary will be conducted via e-mail and sent to the e-mail address I provided in this application process. I must keep this e-mail address current.
    1. Yes
    2. No


    * 25.I understand for information on the status of my application and the outcome of the application process, I (the applicant) must inquire through USAJOBS. No separate notification will be sent to me. To view the status of my application and the outcome of the application process, I must go to the USAJOBS website and log into My Account. Once in My Account I must enter the "Application Status" section of the website.
    1. Yes
    2. No


    * 26.I certify that I have read the information regarding E-Verify found at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mrpbs/hr/job_opportunities/downloads/e_verify.pdf
    1. Yes
    2. No


    Depending on the number of applications received you may not see a change in your status for generally 2 to 3 weeks after an announcement has closed.

    * 27.How did you hear about this announcement?
    1. Career Fair
    2. Magazine
    3. Newspaper
    4. Word of mouth
    5. Supervisor
    6. USAJOBS search
    7. USAJOBS e-mail notification
    8. Other


    * 28.If you selected Career Fair or Other please specify the event you attended or tell us how you heard about this vacancy. If you selected any other answer choices please fill in N/A in the text box below.
    Maximum length of 250 characters.






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