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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Have you ever received a voluntary separation incentive payment (VSIP or buyout) to leave a Federal civilian service position?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please specify the month and year in which you received the payment:

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 2.Do you currently hold a political Schedule A or Schedule C Executive Branch appointment or have you held either type of appointment in the Executive Branch within the last 5 years?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If separated, please specify the date the appointment ended; otherwise state “current”:

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.Do you currently hold a Non-career Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Branch appointment or have you held that type of appointment in the Executive Branch within the last 5 years?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If separated, please specify the date the appointment ended; otherwise state “current”:

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.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


* 5.I have analyzed, prepared, monitored, executed and controlled budgets for programs utilizing the following:
  1. Appropriated funds
  2. Revolving Funds or Working Capital Funds
  3. Trust Funds
  4. Grant funds
  5. Non-appropriated funds
  6. Reimbursable services
  7. Cooperative agreement arrangements
  8. Interagency agreements
  9. Fee for service arrangements
  10. User fee arrangements
  11. Other
  12. None of the above


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience formulating budgets during annual cycles for consideration at the next higher level in your organization?
  1. I have not performed these functions.
  2. I have received formal instruction and training which enables me to carry out these functions but have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have participated in or assisted others in formulating organization or program budgets, but I have not had responsibility to lead or manage such activities in an organization.
  4. I have been responsible for managing the formulation of organization and/or program budgets including providing support for a variety of fund requests and authorizations. I am knowledgeable about these methods and have applied them successfully in supervisory and/or management positions I have held.


* 7.As a supervisor or manager, which of the following actions have you taken to manage, mitigate or prevent conflicts from impacting on the mission or programs you were responsible for managing?
  1. Provided support and resources, e.g., programs and training, for employees to help them manage and resolve conflict in a positive and constructive manner
  2. Provided support and resources to supervisors in resolving grievances and EEO complaints which reached management level
  3. Actively sought out involvement and input from key stakeholders outside the agency/corporation on potentially difficult and contentious issues (e.g., major changes in procedure, program, policy or product) before deciding on a course of action
  4. None of the above


* 8.Which of the following development activities have you personally conducted for the benefit of persons engaged in professional learning activities or serving as members of your organization?
  1. Developed and delivered presentations, lectures, seminars
  2. Wrote professional papers and presented them at scientific or professional conferences
  3. Developed formal academic coursework and conducted classes accredited by colleges universities
  4. Served as a guest lecturer in classes held by colleges, universities, or formal in-service training programs
  5. Conducted on the job training for members of my work group or larger organization
  6. Assisted individuals prepare and implement individual development plans (IDPs)
  7. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following best describes your experience tracking expenditures, complying with spending targets, and controlling the use of funds?
  1. I have not performed these functions.
  2. I have received formal instruction and training which enables me to carry out these functions but have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have participated in or assisted others track expenditures, comply with spending targets, and control the use of funds in an organization or at a program level, but I have not had overall management authority or accountability for these functions.
  4. I have been an organization or program manager responsible for tracking expenditures, complying with spending targets, and controlling the use of funds. I am knowledgeable about these responsibilities and have carried them out successfully in supervisory and/or management positions I have held.


* 10.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet an objective
  2. Interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events, arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  3. Provided direction, guidance, or instruction to new staff
  4. Administered consequences, held others accountable to meet program requirements policies and/or standards
  5. Persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations
  6. Diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed
  7. None of the above


* 11.Are you proficient at developing and delivering formal presentations of technical subject matter using contemporary digital presentation software e.g., PowerPoint?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Which of the following reflects your highest level of experience conducting independent research in the fields of biology or wildlife biology?
  1. I have participated as a team member on one or more research projects but have not had independent responsibility for the research.
  2. I have conceptualized and designed one or more research projects
  3. I have conceptualized, designed, and implemented the data collection phase of one or more research projects
  4. I have conceptualized, designed, implemented data collection procedures, analyzed and interpreted the data collected
  5. I have independently performed the full range of tasks from conceptualizing the research through data collection, analysis and interpretation, and have reported the research in a formal written report or publication
  6. None of the above


* 13.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


* 14.Which of the following best describes your experience conducting research concerning animal species?
  1. I have no experience conducting research with animals.
  2. I have worked as a research assistant conducting research with animals.
  3. I have co-developed a research plan and conducted research with animals.
  4. I have independently led a research program with responsibility for conceiving, developing, and conducting research with a variety of animal species.


* 15.I have routinely and independently applied the following to work I have performed and/or research I have conducted:
  1. Good Laboratory Practices
  2. The Scientific Method
  3. Animal Welfare Act
  4. Endangered Species Act
  5. National Environmental Policy Act
  6. USDA Guidelines for the Care of Animals
  7. Other applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations
  8. None of the above


* 16.Which of the following best describes your experience evaluating the immune response of animals to candidate vaccines or other disease control products?
  1. I have no training or experience evaluating the immune response of animals to candidate vaccines or other disease control products.
  2. I have received training at the postgraduate level in evaluating the immune response of animals to candidate vaccines or other disease control products, but I have not performed this work on the job.
  3. I have evaluated the immune response of animals to candidate vaccines or other disease control products as a part of jobs I have held.
  4. I have received training at the postgraduate level in evaluating the immune response of animals to candidate vaccines or other disease control products and have performed this work as part of jobs I have held.
  5. I am highly skilled at evaluating the immune response of animals to candidate vaccines or other disease control products. I have both postgraduate and work experience performing this function. I have published reports concerning this work.


* 17.I have been responsible for defining, leading, planning, coordinating, conducting, and reporting on investigations using reproductive control agents or vaccines.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.I have applied professional knowledge of the following in conducting research to develop and register wildlife damage management materials or directly related products:
  1. Biology
  2. Botany
  3. Chemistry
  4. Toxicology
  5. Ecology
  6. Pharmacology
  7. Statistics
  8. Environmental impact assessments
  9. Good Laboratory Practices requirements
  10. Wildlife species and their behavior
  11. Animal behavior
  12. Economics
  13. Molecular biology
  14. Immunology
  15. Wildlife disease ecology
  16. Virology
  17. Bacteriology
  18. Physiology
  19. Genetics
  20. None of the above


* 19.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience conducting research projects/studies to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture or other human economic interests, health, or safety?
  1. I have no education or experience in research projects/studies to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety.
  2. I have participated in one or more academic research projects/studies at the undergraduate level to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety.
  3. I have participated in one or more academic research projects/studies at the graduate level to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety.
  4. I have participated in one or more academic research projects/studies at the post graduate level to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety.
  5. I have participated in one or more research projects/studies to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety as a regular part of jobs I have held.
  6. I have participated in research projects/studies to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety both at the graduate level and as a regular part of jobs I have held.
  7. In addition to holding a graduate degree pertinent to this area, I have extensive experience participating in a variety of research projects/studies to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety as part of jobs I have held. I have both developed and managed one or more research projects/studies for this purpose.


* 20.Which of the following functions have you performed as a project leader or lead scientist in managing a program of research projects to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety?
  1. Managing more than 1 project simultaneously
  2. Conceptualizing the program and related projects
  3. Planning the program
  4. Directing the program
  5. Coordinating the program and related projects
  6. Developing program and project cost estimates
  7. Developing human resource estimates necessary to carry out the program
  8. Negotiating contracts or other agreements with educational, research institutions, or other organizations to acquire their services on behalf of the program and related projects
  9. None of the above


* 21.Which of the following functions have you performed as a program manager of research projects to develop means to manage wildlife damage to natural resources, agriculture, or other human economic interests, health, or safety?
  1. Managing/administrating multiple projects simultaneously
  2. Allocating budgets to multiple projects simultaneously
  3. Setting overall research priorities within a program area
  4. Conceptualizing the program and related projects
  5. Planning the program
  6. Directing the program
  7. Coordinating the program and related projects
  8. Developing program and project cost estimates
  9. Developing human resource estimates necessary to carry out the program
  10. Negotiating contracts or other agreements with educational, research institutions, or other organizations to acquire their services on behalf of the program and related projects
  11. None of the above


* 22.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience evaluating the safety and efficacy of newly developed and/or modified means to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals?
  1. I have no experience evaluating the safety and efficacy of newly developed means to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals.
  2. I have participated in the development of means to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals, but I have not evaluated their safety and efficacy.
  3. I have assisted in the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of newly developed and/or modified means to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals.
  4. I have been the lead scientist in studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of newly developed and/or modified means to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals.


* 23.Which of the following best describes your experience using a wide variety of laboratory instrumentation and techniques, such as western blot and ELISA, associated with research disciplines?
  1. I have no experience using a wide variety of laboratory instrumentation and techniques, such as western blot and ELISA, associated with research disciplines.
  2. I have performed work in a scientific laboratory using a variety of laboratory equipment.
  3. I have used bacterial culture techniques and used some laboratory equipment in work I have performed.
  4. I have used several laboratory instruments, including spectrophotometers and centrifuges, and have used bacterial culture techniques and incubators in work I have performed.


* 24.I am proficient and have extensive experience using the following methods/techniques in research I have conducted or work I have performed in laboratory settings:
  1. Isolation of bacterial pathogens
  2. Identification of bacterial pathogens
  3. Isolation of viral pathogens
  4. Identification of viral pathogens
  5. Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent assays (ELISA
  6. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  7. Reverse transcriptase PCR
  8. Pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)
  9. Western blot
  10. Cell culture methods
  11. Virus neutralization tests
  12. None of the above


* 25.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.



* 26.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.


* 27.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


* 28.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


* 29.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


* 30.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.

* 31.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


* 32.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.


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 the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a combination of post high school education with courses equivalent to a major in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus experience or additional education which demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation and together meet the requirements for this position.
  3. I do not meet either of the requirements described above.


* 2.GS-12 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  1. I have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral 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 performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first three years of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 3.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 one of the basic animal sciences or physiology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 24 semester hours in the basic animal sciences, of which 10 semester hours were in animal physiology.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


Grade: 13
* 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 the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a combination of post high school education with courses equivalent to a major in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus experience or additional education which demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation and together meet the requirements for this position.
  3. I do not meet either of the requirements described above.


* 2.GS-13 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 3.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 one of the basic animal sciences or physiology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 24 semester hours in the basic animal sciences, of which 10 semester hours were in animal physiology.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.






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