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Grade: 03
* 1.GS-3 Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I possess at least 6 months of general experience that demonstrates my ability to perform the work of this position or that has provided me with a general knowledge of hydrologic practices and procedures.
  2. I have completed 1 year of education above the high school level that included at least one course in subjects such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology or mathematics.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education and general experience which equates to 100% of the qualification requirement.
  4. My experience and/or education do not meet or exceed the requirements as described above.


Grade: 04
* 1.GS-4 Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements.
  1. A. I possess at least 6 months general experience and 6 months specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 level in the Federal Service. This experience provided me with a knowledge of hydrologic practices and procedures. My work was performed under general supervision and periodically spot checked for conformance with instructions.
  2. B. I have completed 2 years of education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as: Engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.
  3. C. I possess a combination of post-high school education and specialized and/or general experience which equates to 100% of the qualification requirement.
  4. D. My experience and/or education does not meet or exceed the requirements as described above.


Grade: 05
* 1.GS-5 Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements.
  1. I possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal Service. Examples of such experience may include participating in the construction and maintenance of recorder wells and shelters; making routine stream discharge measurements; and checking computations of measurements.
  2. I have completed a bachelor’s degree with (a) major study in an appropriate field of science (i.e., geology, chemistry, physics, geophysics, biology, ecology, math, soils, forestry, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical science, atmospheric science), engineering, construction, or industrial technology or (b) at least 24 semester hours, in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education beyond the 2nd year (60 semester hours) as described, and specialized experience.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please be aware that this vacancy announcement is only open to United States Citizens. Are you a United States Citizen?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.How did you find out about this vacancy announcement?
  1. USGS Online Automated Recruitment System (OARS)
  2. Email notice from OARS or the USGS Email Notifier
  3. Friend or relative
  4. Job Fair
  5. Newspaper or magazine advertisement
  6. OPM USAJOBS website
  7. Placement Office - State, Federal or College
  8. LatPro.com internet job site
  9. GoldSea.com internet job site
  10. The Black EOE Journal
  11. Other commercial internet job site
  12. Other


3.4 choices-Perform computer data entry, editing and retrieval tasks in the processing of scientific data.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


4.Perform data entry, editing, and retrieval tasks in the processing of hydrologic data.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


5.Use of computers for data collection and documentation of records.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Use of general computer software such as Microsoft Office.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.Collect water-quality samples from lakes, streams or ground-water wells by following specified guidelines.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


8.Communicate effectively in answering questions and giving directions.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


9.Deal effectively with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


10.Negotiate with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance, or a solution.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.Prepare written presentation of factual data.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


12.Maintain crest-stage gages at remote locations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


13.4 Choice - Operate, maintain and process data from equipment such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


14.Do you know how to swim?
  1. Yes
  2. No


15.Can you work in inclement weather conditions for extended periods of times?
  1. Yes
  2. No


16.Are you able to work long days (i.e., greater than 10 hrs per day)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


17.Are you able to travel overnight for up to 12 nights per month?
  1. Yes
  2. No


18.Use satellite-based communication systems to relay hydrologic data for real-time applications
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


19.4 choices-Make stream discharge measurements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


20.4 choices-Measure water levels in wells.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


21.4 choices-Measure water quantity field parameters.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


22.4 choices-Work independently in a remote field site.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


23.4 choices-Prepare, collect, preserve and otherwise properly handle low-level (part-per-trillion and part-per-billion) contaminant water samples.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


24.Measure field water quality parameters such as pH, water temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen and turbidity using in-situ multi-parameter water quality data sonde.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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.


25.Diagnose and troubleshoot continuous water quality monitoring equipment.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


26.I certify, to the best of my knowledge that all the information in my application is true, and that I have truthfully and accurately represented my work experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education. I understand that providing false or fraudulent information may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. I also certify that I have read the entire vacancy announcement; that I have reviewed my answers to the eligibility questions for accuracy; and that I understand what supporting documentation, if any, is required for submission and when it’s due.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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