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Grade: All Grades

1 Select the response that reflects your experience with river restoration or habitat enhancement, including the planning, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects. 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.
2 Select the statements that reflect the management functions you have regularly performed. Answer to this question is required
  • Approve multi-year and long-range work plans and subsequently manage the overall work.
  • Approve the allocation and distribution of funds in the organization's budget.
  • Manage organizational changes that impact the structure and content of the program or organization segments.
  • Manage the development of policy changes in response to changes in levels of funding or other legislated/program changes.
  • Oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of a program and/or project.
  • Oversee the revision of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the work directed.
  • Formulate multi-year work plans in cooperation with other Federal and non-Federal, cost-sharing partners.
  • Negotiate the role of the organization in complex, multi-partner activities to account for budgetary, staffing and other resource limitations.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the one response that reflects your experience in developing and managing budgets. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not been assigned responsibility for developing and managing budgets.
  • I have assisted in developing and managing budgets.
  • I have been responsible for developing and managing single year budgets for a project unrelated to water and/or natural resources.
  • I have been responsible for developing and managing single year budgets for a water and/or natural resources projects.
  • I have been a project manager or team leader with responsibility for establishing multi-year budgets to carry out water and/or natural resources projects that included multiple funding sources.
  • I have been a project manager or team leader with responsibility for establishing multi-year budgets involving interdisciplinary teams to carry water and/or natural resources projects.
  • I have been a project manager or team leader with responsibility for establishing multi-year cost sharing budgets to carry out water and/or natural resources projects.
  • I have been responsible for managing and directing multiple water and/or natural resources projects that are/were in progress concurrently with responsibility for establishing multi-year and cost sharing budgets for interdisciplinary teams.
4 Select the response that best reflects your experience in developing and implementing an operating budget for personnel expenses (i.e., salaries, awards, training, travel) and office/facility expenses (i.e., utilities, maintenance, rent, supplies, equipment, furniture, renovations). 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 have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted my supervisor or other budget staff in developing and implementing an operating budget.
  • I have independently developed and implemented a budget for an office or organization that is fairly stable from year to year and that requires standard annual adjustments to operating expenses.
  • I have independently developed and implemented a budget for an office or organization that undergoes frequent changes throughout the year in staffing levels or office/facility requirements and that requires continual adjustments to ensure sufficient funds are available to pay operational expenses on a timely basis.
5 Select the one response that best describes your highest level of responsibility on a team performing a multi-disciplinary design or analysis of a dam, water distribution or storage facility, or geotechnical engineering project. Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed as a team leader/project manager responsible for the performance of a multi-disciplinary team in terms of project planning and meeting budgets, schedules, and technical requirements of a dam, water distribution or storage facility, or geotechnical engineering project.
  • I have performed as a member of a multi-disciplinary team for a dam, water distribution or storage facility, or geotechnical engineering project, responsible for meeting schedule, budget and technical quality commitments for part of the team.
  • I have performed as an assistant or support person for a team leader/project manager on a dam, water distribution or storage facility, or geotechnical engineering project.
  • I have not participated in a team on a dam, water distribution or storage facility, or geotechnical engineering project.
6 Select the one response that describes your knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed water resources, or related natural resources studies/investigations.
  • I have received college level instruction and training in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of water and/or related natural resources studies/investigations, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have participated in a water and/or related natural resources study/investigation and my experience and training have equipped me to apply accepted concepts, principles and practices successfully.
  • I have applied the accepted concepts, principles and practices as a regular part of water and/or natural resources studies/investigations I have conducted.
  • I am highly skilled at applying the accepted concepts, principles and practices of water and/or related natural resources studies/investigations. I have applied them routinely and others seek my advice as a technical expert.
7 Select the response that best describes your experience with environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the ESA process.
  • I have completed Biological Assessments for environmental projects.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Biological Assessment.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for preparation of a Biological Opinion.
  • I was responsible for development of the final preparation of a BA and the subsequent Biological Opinion.
  • I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues.
8 Select the response that best describes your experience utilizing engineering theories, principles and practices in relationship to your work with hydrology, operation, and maintenance of water resource projects and facilities. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience as a principal or lead engineer for the planning, design, or operation and maintenance of water resource projects such as pumping plants, canals, water supply wells, and irrigation systems where hydrology was a significant factor.
  • I have worked as a hydrologist with responsibility for performing or overseeing the collection and evaluation of engineering data, preparing reports and cost estimates, budget, preliminary and final design work, and contract administration in relationship to the design, and operation and maintenance of water resource project.
  • As a professional scientist I have been responsible for research, implementation, and/or operations and maintenance of processes associated with a water resource project with state-wide or similar implications.
  • I have experience as a technician where I provided oversight of a group of employees performing the aspects of the planning, design, or operation and maintenance of a water resource project.
  • I have experience as an engineer in charge of the operation or maintenance of a water resource facility where hydrology was a significant factor.
  • I have no experience utilizing engineering theories, principles or practices in relationship to a water resource project.
9 Select the response that best describes your experience participating on teams to create adaptive management strategies relating to environmental preservation and restoration. 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.
10 Select the response that best describes your experience in identifying alternatives and recommending solutions to problems in a work situation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education or training in problem solving processes, but limited experience in using the processes on the job.
  • I have interacted with and exchanged factual and technical information with co-workers who perform related work in order to resolve common or recurring issues and problems.
  • I have provided advice and guidance on general work problems in a functional area that could be solved by applying standard approaches, methods and/or technology.
  • I have provided recommendations for solutions to multi-functional work problems that required knowledge of and/or experience in each of the functions.
  • I have developed alternatives that required considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex work problems where precedents do not exist.
  • I have led brainstorming or concept-development sessions to determine solutions and action plans for highly complex work problems that cross organizational or program areas.
  • None of the above.
11 Select the response(s) that describe the complexity of your hydrologic work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no work experience in this field.
  • I have worked with controversial or complex hydrologic projects/issues such as those that may have involved transmountain or transbasin diversion projects, controversy, litigation, or modification of hydrologic models.
  • I have represented the position of my agency on controversial or complex issues at meetings with representatives from other agencies.
  • I am often consulted as the office technical expert on hydrologic issues.
  • I have been called to testify in court as the agency’s technical expert on hydrologic issues.
12 Select any of the following modeling applications with which you are proficient. Proficient means you have developed and/or used modeling applications in conducting studies, preparing designs, or examining the operational efficiency of a project. Answer to this question is required
  • River and reservoir systems modeling
  • Water quality and temperature modeling
  • Hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling
  • Agricultural and municipal water demand modeling
  • Groundwater modeling
  • Other hydrologic and meteorological models
  • None of the above
13 Select the statement that best describes your experience in the planning process for water supply and conveyance projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I often work with multi-disciplinary planning teams on large, multi-faceted water supply and conveyance projects.
  • I have worked on some multi-disciplinary planning teams for large, multi-faceted water supply and conveyance projects.
  • I often work with multi-disciplinary planning teams.
  • I have worked on multi-disciplinary planning teams.
  • I have worked with other professional disciplines on planning projects.
  • None of the above.
14 Select the one response that best describes your experience maintaining professional and cooperative working relationships with Congressional offices; local, state, and Tribal government officials; stakeholders; water users; and other interested parties who often have conflicting interests as well as diverse points of view and communication strategies. 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.
15 I have assembled and synthesized program and project information from a variety of sources to brief key staff officials. 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.
16 Select the response that best describes your experience implementing public involvement programs for water resource management projects and activities. 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 completed formal education or training and performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor or manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have completed formal education or training and performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • I have completed formal education or training and this task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
17 Select the one response that best describes your experience negotiating project planning matters between stakeholders with divergent viewpoints to obtain consensus on technical points and methods in conflict. 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.
18 From the functions listed below, select the supervisory functions that you have regularly performed. Answer to this question is required
  • I have considered and approved leave requests in context of work requirements.
  • I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  • I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • I have developed performance standards, and evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  • I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  • I have prepared recommendations for disciplinary actions to address conduct and performance issues.
  • I have interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  • I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  • I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  • I have prepared award nominations in recognition of high performance.
  • None of the above.
19 Select the response that best describes your experience leading staff toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals by creating a workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 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.
20 Select the response that best describes your experience implementing a security, safety, and health program through risk assessment and training to safeguard the health and well being of personnel, visitors, and government property. 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.
21 Select the responses that best reflect your experience motivating, leading, and providing structure to successfully complete work projects. Answer to this question is required
  • Held employees accountable to successfully fulfill the critical elements identified in their performance plan.
  • Coordinated efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation was essential to the success of a project.
  • Persuaded others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures, or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  • Provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  • Used consensus-building techniques to persuade representatives of groups that held opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  • Diffused confrontational events involving people who were difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Maintain accountable, fairness, and apply consistency with enforcing established program policies and standards in the workplace.
  • None of the above
22 Where did you learn about this vacancy? Answer to this question is required
  • 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

Grade: 13

1 GS-13 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a full 4-year degree from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position.
  • I have successfully completed 24 semester hours from an accredited college/university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position and have additional education/work experience. The combination of education/experience is sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the professional duties of this position and is comparable to a full 4-year course of study.
  • I do not meet either of the qualification requirement statements as described above.
2 GS-13 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position. Note: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.
3 GS-13 In addition to meeting basic requirements for engineering positions, choose one answer which best describes your experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-12 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  • I do not meet the requirement as described.
4 GS-13 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  • I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  • I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any state, the District or Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering, demonstrated by successfully passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  • I completed a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  • I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.
5 GS-13 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for this positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography or the management or conservation of water resources. Course work included 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics.
  • I have a combination of education and experience - coursework as described above (30 semester hours in a combination of courses which included 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education equal to a 4-year degree.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. Examples of acceptable experience may have included field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geochemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing.
6 GS-13 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this postion, 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-12 level in the Federal service as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet the experience requirement as described above.