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* 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.Demonstrated experience researching biotic and abiotic impacts of global change?
  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.


* 4.Apply knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of global climate and land cover change to understand the relation between global change processes and biophysical outcomes?
  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.Apply knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of global climate and land cover change to understand the relation between global change processes and resource management objectives?
  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 and have been a co-author on peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports applying the theories, principles, practices and techniques of global climate and land cover change to understand the relation between global change processes and resource management objectives, independently and usually without review by a higher-level supervisor or manager.
  5. I have performed this task and have been a lead author on multiple peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports applying the theories, principles, practices and techniques of global climate and land cover change to understand the relation between global change processes and resource management objectives, independently and have trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for advice or assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Demonstrated experience implementing Bayesian statistical approaches for the analysis of hierarchical data sets that link climate and land use change, ecosystem response and resource management?
  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 and have been a co-author on peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports that demonstrate experience implementing Bayesian statistical approaches for the analysis of hierarchical data sets that link climate and land use change, ecosystem response and resource management, independently and usually without review by a higher-level supervisor or manager.
  5. I have performed this task and have been a lead author on multiple peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports that demonstrate experience implementing Bayesian statistical approaches for the analysis of hierarchical data sets that link climate and land use change, ecosystem response and resource management, independently and have trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for advice or assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Demonstrated experience writing, testing, debugging and utilizing software such as WinBUGS to construct Bayesian models linking global change processes and ecological outcomes at multiple scales and which enable the assessment of the impacts of uncertainty on management decisions?
  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 and have been a co-author on peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports that show evidence of writing, testing, debugging, and utilizing software such as WinBUGS to construct Bayesian models linking global change processes and ecological outcomes at multiple scales and which enable the assessment of the impacts of uncertainty on management decisions, independently and usually without review by a higher-level supervisor or manager.
  5. I have performed this task and have been a lead author on multiple peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports that show evidence of writing, testing, debugging, and utilizing software such as WinBUGS to construct Bayesian models linking global change processes and ecological outcomes at multiple scales and which enable the assessment of the impacts of uncertainty on management decisions, independently and have trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for advice or assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Demonstrated experience in the use of decision analytic techniques, including structured decision-making approaches, to develop natural resource management problem statements, to understand stakeholder objectives and priorities, to define potential management actions and to assess the impacts of potential management actions on stakeholder objectives?
  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 and have been a co-author on peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports that use decision analytic techniques, including structured decision-making approaches, to develop natural resource management problem statements, to understand stakeholder objectives and priorities, to define potential management actions and to assess the impacts of potential management actions on stakeholder objectives, independently and usually without review by a higher-level supervisor or manager.
  5. I have performed this task and have been a lead author on multiple peer reviewed journal articles and/or reports that use decision analytic techniques, including structured decision-making approaches, to develop natural resource management problem statements, to understand stakeholder objectives and priorities, to define potential management actions and to assess the impacts of potential management actions on stakeholder objectives, independently and have trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for advice or assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Presents complex concepts/findings in a clear, concise, and logical fashion at an interagency science forum, a national or international meeting, a public lecture, information hearing, press conferences, or at briefings of high level officials
  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.Initiates and maintains contacts with individuals in the Federal and state agencies, and professional groups outside the organization.
  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.Writes clearly, logically and persuasively on technical or programmatic issues for diverse audiences.
  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.Develops/employs measurably effective means to communicate work results and the significance of these results to cooperators, customers, other interersted individuals and organizations, the media, and the general public.
  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.Establishes and maintains consultative and collaborative relationships with earth scientists and other scientific professionals to construct research and scientific program goals for a research group and to design strategies for achieving them.
  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.


* 14.Works with various federal agencies to define scientific goals and to obtain funding to conduct scientific studies.
  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.


* 15.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


Grade: 13
* 1.Basic Requirement, GS-0401: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have successfully completed 4-years of college study leading to a bachelor`s degree or higher, in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major (at least 24 semester hours in the courses shown above) plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I am currently employed in this series in the Federal government.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.GS-13 RESEARCH ONLY: In addition to basic education requirements, you must meet the following in order to qualify for this position.
  1. I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level as described in the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described.


* 3.Basic Requirment, GS-0408: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory requirements for this position.
  1. I have successfully completed a bachelor`s or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that includes at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
  2. I am currently employed in this series in the Federal government.
  3. I do not meet the requirements described above.


* 4.GS-13 RESEARCH ONLY: In addition to basic education requirements, you must meet the following in order to qualify for this position.
  1. I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level as described in the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described.


* 5.Basic Requirement: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have successfully completed all requirements for a bachelor’s or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience – education equivalent to one of the majors specified above that included 24 semester hours or equivalent in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years.
  3. I am currently employed in this series in the Federal government.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 6.GS-13 RESEARCH ONLY: In addition to basic education requirements, you must meet the following in order to qualify for this position.
  1. I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level as described in the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described.






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