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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13: I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 level in the Federal service as described below.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Specialized experience is experience applying natural resource science research methodologies to water quality performance in the agricultural and forestry sectors.

* 2.Please select the response that best describes how you meet the Basic Education Requirement for the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, GS-0401:
  1. EDUCATION: I have completed a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  2. COMBINATION: I have combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have performed the following duties in the evaluation of conservation and land management activities:
  1. I have developed methods for quantifying environmental benefits from conservation and land management activities.
  2. I have participated in a team that prepares technical water quality performance guidelines or metrics.
  3. I have overseen the development and application of quantification and reporting tools for estimating and reporting water quality performance from agricultural and forestry activities.
  4. None of the above.


* 2.I have overseen the development and application of quantification tools for estimating reporting water quality performance from agricultural and forestry activities at the following levels:
  1. I have performed this task at the local level.
  2. I have performed this task at the regional level.
  3. I have performed this task at the national level. This included integrating these technologies into assessments of programs and activities.
  4. I have not performed this task.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience applying natural resource science research methodologies to water quality performance in the agricultural and forestry sectors?
  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.


* 4.From the following duties, please select those you have performed in the analysis of environmental markets:
  1. I have planned, conducted and coordinated studies which may include technical, and economic analysis.
  2. I have reviewed the history of government policy efforts and past measures in addressing environmental markets.
  3. I have prepared reports on water quality and other environmental market trading legislative and regulatory proposals.
  4. I have analyzed environmental markets in the area of water quality, air quality, habitat and biodiversity.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience evaluating and analyzing environmental markets and options to mitigate pollution from agricultural and forestry practices?
  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.I have performed the following duties in order to convey options for water quality degradation:
  1. I have prepared materials for communicating the options for mitigating water quality degradation through agriculture and forestry activities.
  2. I have prepared and delivered papers, speeches, and briefings; and served on discussions panel at meetings and conferences sponsored by government agencies, universities and professional associations.
  3. I have participated in the preparation and presentation of Congressional testimony on environmental markets with a focus on water quality.
  4. I have prepared Departmental analysis and positions on legislation.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.From the following list of contacts, please select those to whom you have presented or provided materials regarding conservation and environmental markets:
  1. Federal officials
  2. Agriculture farmers and agricultural businesses
  3. Conservation groups
  4. Commodity groups
  5. Consumers
  6. Forest land owners and foresters
  7. Environmental groups
  8. Congressional staff
  9. None of the above


* 8.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience evaluating and discussing options for facilitating environmental markets through agriculture and forest activities:
  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.


* 9.I have performed the following duties in the evaluation of environmental markets:
  1. I have served as an organization representative in contact with agricultural producer associations, manufacturers, and consumers to discuss the options for facilitating environmental markets through agriculture and forestry activities.
  2. I have prepared written reports, provided briefings, and participated in workshops and conferences in referencing economic analysis.
  3. I have assisted in the preparation of speeches and presentations related to environmental markets and its impact on agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and rural areas.
  4. None of the above.






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