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Vacancy Details

Grade: 12

1 GS-12 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed a 4-year 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.
  • I have a combination of education and experience - coursework as described above which included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 GS-12 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this position, choose one answer that describes your experience, education, or combination of education and professional experience as described as specialized experience in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of professional experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. I have at least one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet the experience requirement as described above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Select the response that best describes your experience in developing project budgets.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • 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.
2 Please select the one response that best describes your experience preparing and reviewing documents such as Quality Assurance Manual, Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP), Sampling and Analysis Plans to ensure compliance with EPA guidance and requirements and other federal, state and local regulations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • 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.
3 Please select the one response that best describes your experience interpreting and evaluating project data results and drawing conclusions on data validity, usability, and legal defensibility in written reports. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • 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 Select the response that best describes your experience using national and state quality guidelines to evaluate contaminant concentrations within water, sediment or air. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • 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 Select the response that best describes your experience in the management of water quality programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in managing water quality programs as they relate to water resource management.
  • I have experience in conducting water quality investigations and problem assessments.
  • I have experience in water quality monitoring/field sampling and development of water quality monitoring plans.
  • I have limited experience in water quality monitoring/field sampling and development of water quality monitoring plans.
  • I have no experience in managing water quality programs.
6 Select the response that best describes your experience in managing multiple projects of varying complexity with varying priorities and deadlines. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • 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 Select from the choice(s) below the purpose of the investigations in which you participated. Answer to this question is required
  • Conjunctive management or use
  • Surface water storage
  • Groundwater storage
  • Water re-use
  • Water quality
  • Ecosystem restoration and/or habitat enhancement
  • Adaptive management
  • Salinity intrusion
  • Sediment transport
  • Municipal and Industrial (M&I) water supply
  • Agricultural water supply
  • Watershed management
  • Flood control
  • Water conservation
  • Water recycling
  • Underground storage tank removal
  • Hydroelectric energy production
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Dam safety
  • Resource management planning
  • Cultural resources
  • Fish and Wildlife resources
  • Recreation
  • Wildland fire planning
  • Other
  • None of the above
8 I have experience collecting, analyzing, and interpreting water quality data as it pertains to river and reservoir operations, including database development, statistical analysis, and report preparation. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Select the sections of the Clean Water Act you have experience interpreting and applying as part of your current or past work-related responsibilities. Answer to this question is required
  • 303 (Water Quality Standards and Implementation Plans)
  • 305 (Water Quality Inventory)
  • 319 (Nonpoint Source Management Programs)
  • 401 (Certification)
  • 402 (Stormwater)
  • 404 (Permits for Dredged or Fill Material)
  • I do not have experience with these sections of the Clean Water Act.
10 Select all responses that describe your experience working with the Safe Drinking Water Act water quality constituent testing. Answer to this question is required
  • Chlorination residuals
  • Chlorimination (Ammonia)
  • Fluorination
  • Turbidity
  • Disinfection by-products
  • Organic chemicals
  • Inorganic chemicals
  • Lead and copper rule
  • None of the above
11 Select the one response which best describes your experience in establishing and maintaining working relationships with functional specialists in related disciplines.
  • I have initiated, developed, and maintained working relationships with others involved in quality assurance and/or sampling activities including organizing and/or coordinating meetings with my peers and senior officials.
  • I have experience in meeting with others performing quality assurance and/or sampling activities in an effort to establish and maintain working relationships.
  • I have disseminated information to others performing quality assurance and/or sampling activities in an effort to explain the needs of my office/organization and solicit information.
  • I have participated in meetings with others involved in quality assurance and/or sampling activities to solicit their support for various projects.
  • None of the above
12 Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively interact with customers, stakeholders, and interested parties.
  • I have experience in presenting information on technical issues to employees of federal, state, local and tribal governments; water user groups; environmental groups; recreation groups; or the public in a manner that is understandable to people who may be unfamiliar with the issues.
  • I have experience in working with water district staff and board-of-directors, water user groups, municipalities, farmers, or ranchers to gain an understanding of their position on technical or controversial issues and respond to their concerns in a non-threatening way.
  • I have experience in considering differing points of view and accepting criticism in meetings with customers, stakeholders, and the public without becoming angry or antagonistic.
  • I have experience in remaining calm and persuading others to consider the information I am presenting or the position I represent in situations where the audience may be difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • I have experience in conveying information to customers, stakeholders, and interested parties in an open, friendly, and honest manner to build trust and working relationships.
  • None of the above.
13 Select the one response that describes your highest level of experience communicating issues with other government agencies, user groups, conservation groups, and/or professional organizations.
  • I have maintained contacts with government agencies, user groups, conservation groups and/or professional organizations to provide and receive information.
  • I have provided technical advice and coordinated issues with government agencies, user groups, conservations groups and/or professional organizations.
  • I have provided training to educate others.
  • I have negotiated sensitive matters between individuals with divergent viewpoints.
  • I have represented my organization's views to others in formal meetings.
  • None of the above
14 Select the responses that describe your experience with technical writing. In particular, writing project plans, data reports, or interpretive environmental assessment reports for internal use, or for delivery to outside clients.
  • I have been the sole or primary author of data collection and analysis plans, comprehensive data reports, or interpretive environmental assessment reports for outside (published or client) use.
  • I have been the sole or primary author of internal documents or the secondary writer of more comprehensive environmental monitoring plans and reports to clients.
  • I have written informal documents or memos summarizing materials and methods used in the field.
  • I have provided peer review (ensuring technical and grammatical adequacy) on other's writing including providing the final edits to environmental monitoring documents that are transmitted to clients or higher management.
  • My writing experience is nontechnical but I am a capable writer and can express ideas clearly and succinctly.
  • None of the above.
15 Select the response(s) that describe your experience in preparing written documents.
  • I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  • I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  • I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  • I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  • I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  • I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  • I have developed written instructions for management and/or operation of facilities.
  • I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  • None of the above.
16 Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  • Asianlife.com
  • Diversenote.com
  • NativeAmericanJobs.com
  • WorkplaceDiversity.com
  • Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  • Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  • Referral from a Professional Organization
  • Job/Career Fair
  • Referral from a friend or family member
  • Reclamation Employee
  • Reclamation Internet Site
  • Referral from a State or Local government
  • Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  • OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  • Other Internet Site
  • Other