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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14: I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 level in the Federal service as described below.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Specialized experience is experience in the promotion of agriculture and natural resource conservation programs and experience in the development of environmental marketing strategies.

Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15: I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 14 level in the Federal service as described below.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Specialized experience is experience providing leadership in the evaluation of agriculture and natural resource conservation programs and experience developing strategies that advance the integration of new environmental markets for agricultural and forest land uses and promotes the relationships with new land uses for food, wood products, carbon markets, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services.

Grade: All Grades
* 1.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience promoting agriculture and natural resource conservation programs?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background. This includes developing strategies that advance the integration of new environmental markets for agricultural and forest land uses.


* 2.I have promoted relationships with new land uses for the following:
  1. Food
  2. Wood products
  3. Carbon markets
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Other ecosystem services
  6. None of the above


* 3.I have applied agricultural market infrastructure to perform the following duties:
  1. Facilitate market-based approaches to agriculture, forest, and watershed conservation.
  2. Design programs to design programs to expand environmental markets.
  3. Lead the formulation of approaches for developing and implementing an environmental credit trading program.
  4. Coordinate the joint development of policy, regulations, and procedures related to establishing national standards for environmental credit trading.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.I have collaborated with contacts from the following Federal agencies on the development of environmental markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed or other areas across the country:
  1. Department of Energy (DOE)
  2. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  3. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  4. Department of Interior (DOI)
  5. Department of the Army
  6. None of the above


* 5.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience researching and evaluating federal, regional, and private sector resource assessment and environmental market initiatives and programs?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 6.Select the following types of emerging environmental markets you have developed:
  1. Carbon
  2. Water quality
  3. Wetlands
  4. Biodiversity
  5. None of the above


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience developing strategies, plans and program guidance for the formulation of a new program that advances the understanding of the integration of new environmental markets for agricultural and forest land uses?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 8.I have performed the following duties related to natural resource and environmental programs and activities:
  1. Develop market incentives to increase the participation of agricultural and forestry landowners in natural resource conservation programs and environmental market activities.
  2. Facilitate the development of consistent guidelines for quantifying and valuing environmental goods and serves provided by agriculture and forestry.
  3. Provide advice and guidance on relevant policy implementation and program integration to a broad range of Chesapeake Bay agriculture and forest landowners and managers.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.From the following list of duties, please select those you have performed related to water quality:
  1. Lead efforts to inventory and catalog existing activities related to water quality trading in the Chesapeake Bay or other areas across the country.
  2. Participate in water quality credit trading projects.
  3. Coordinate research with federal, state, and non-governmental agencies in order to develop and implement a water quality markets program.
  4. Coordinate research and model development for calculating water quality benefits.
  5. Provide leadership for assessing existing environmental credit trading platforms within the Chesapeake Bay.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience participating on intra and interagency committees and working groups involved in natural resource conservation programs?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 11.I have performed the following duties to provide technical advice and guidance on environmental markets related issues:
  1. Analyze and provide technical consultation on new legislation, program policies and procedures proposed for environmental markets.
  2. Serve as a consultant or advisor in developing and improving policies and procedures for ecosystem services.
  3. Serve on committees, study groups and task forces to discuss natural resources and environmental related issues.
  4. Support scientific or advisory boards or committees established to provide information and recommendations on vital ecosystem services.
  5. Assist in the development of emerging markets for vital ecosystem services within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  6. Responsible for communicating agricultural and forestry issues, policies, programs, and administrative concerns to others.
  7. None of the above.


* 12.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience reviewing scientific, policy, and program narratives and providing recommendations for inclusion in Congressional budget justifications, the President’s budget, or legislative reports?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 13.I have prepared briefing materials, reports and responses to formal inquiries from the following contacts:
  1. USDA officials
  2. Congressional staff members
  3. General public
  4. None of the above






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