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Grade: 11

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in LIFE SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering along with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
3 Select the responses that best describe the areas of chemistry in which you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • General organic chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Physical-organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Other chemistry, including polymer chemistry
  • Chemical nomenclature conventions
  • None of the above
4 Select the components of a chemical analysis that you have reviewed to ensure their adequacy. Answer to this question is required
  • Quality plans
  • Test procedures
  • Specifications
  • Production methods
  • Processes
  • Equipment
  • None of the above

Grade: 12

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in LIFE SCIENCES with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering along with 30 SEMESTER HOURS in chemistry, supplemented by course work in DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS, PLUS 6 semester hours in PHYSICS.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-12: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.
3 Select the responses that best describe the areas of chemistry in which you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • General organic chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Physical-organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Other chemistry, including polymer chemistry
  • Chemical nomenclature conventions
  • None of the above
4 Select the components of a chemical analysis that you have reviewed to ensure their adequacy. Answer to this question is required
  • Quality plans
  • Test procedures
  • Specifications
  • Production methods
  • Processes
  • Equipment
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 I have performed the following tasks related to chemical analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared environmental samples for analysis
  • I have analyzed environmental samples to determine organic contaminants
  • I have analyzed environmental samples to determine inorganic contaminants
  • I have used the 500 Series (drinking water) method
  • I have used the 600 Series (wastewater) method
  • I have used the 3500 Series (RCRA SW-846) method
  • I have used the 8000 Series (RCRA SW-846) method
  • I have used the SOM01.1 Series Contract Laboratory Programs (CLP) method
  • I have used the 200 series (water) method
  • I have used the 3000 series (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - RCRA SW-846) method
  • I have used the 6000 series (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - RCRA SW-846) method
  • I have used the ISM01 Series Contract Laboratory Programs (CLP) method
  • I do not have any of the above experiences
2 I have participated in method lab validation studies as a laboratory analyst: Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Please select the responses that best describe your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have adapted and applied analytical methods to examine and address scientific/engineering related environmental program issues
  • I have collaborated with and assisted others in preparing samples and devising experiments
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
4 Which of the following best describes your experience in developing new or modified methods, approaches, or techniques to resolve analytical problems? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not been involved in the development of new or modified techniques or methods.
  • I have assisted with developing and/or modifying techniques, approaches and/or methods as directed.
  • I have taken an active role in developing and/or modifying techniques, approaches and/or methods, which did not result in a finished product.
  • I have taken an active role in developing and/or modifying techniques, approaches and/or methods, which resulted in a finished product.
  • I originated, led, developed, and completed new and/or modified techniques, approaches and/or methods in a scientific area.
5 Select the types of instrumentation for which you have provided quality assurance/quality control procedures or support: Answer to this question is required
  • Ion Chromatography equipped with a conductivity or electrochemical detector
  • AutoAnalyzer for automated wet chemistry analysis
  • Gas Chromatography with electron capture (ECD), flame ionization (FID), or other non-selective detectors
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), or X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Spectrophotometer or colorimeter
  • Conductivity meter
  • pH meter
  • None of the above
6 Select the instrumentation you have used to independently conduct chemical analysis of environmental samples in a professional laboratory or research setting (i.e., outside of the classroom). Answer to this question is required
  • Ion Chromatograph (IC)
  • UV/Visible Spectrometer
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS)
  • Atomic Fluorescence Spectrophotometer (AFS)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer (ICP-AES)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • Mass Spectrometer coupled with either Gas Chromatograph (GC) or High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) (GC-MS or HPLC-MS)
  • High Resolution Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (HRGC/MS)
  • Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer-Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS/MS)
  • Time Of Flight (TOF) Mass Spectrometer
  • High-resolution Mass Spectrometer
  • Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), or RAMAN
  • Cold Vapor Mercury Analyzer (CVAA)
  • Atomic Fluorescence Mercury Analyzer
  • Segmented Flow AutoAnalyzer/Colorimeter
  • Gas Chromatograph coupled with flame ionization detector
  • Gas Chromatograph coupled with an electron capture detector
  • None of the above
7 Select the quality assurance activities in which you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Developing quality assurance project plans
  • Developing standard operating procedures
  • Performing initial and/or continuing demonstrations of capability (method precision and/or accuracy performance studies)
  • Determining method detection and/or quantitation limits
  • Analyzing proficiency testing samples
  • Developing and/or maintaining laboratory logs and/or notebooks
  • Reviewing results to determine whether quality control measures meet acceptability criteria
  • Developing and/or maintaining control charts
  • Data validation
  • Reviewing final reports
  • Auditing of Environmental Laboratories
  • None of the above
8 Identify deficiencies in quality assurance to identify areas where corrective actions are needed. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 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.
9 I have experience performing the following quality assessment/quality control (QA/QC) functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Designing quality assessment/quality control (QA/QC) strategies
  • Analyzing QA/QC data
  • Estimating the accuracy of analytical laboratory data
  • Selecting appropriate QA/QC measures
  • I do not have any of the above experiences
10 I have written scientific materials related to environmental chemistry for the following audiences: Answer to this question is required
  • Employees and managers of an organization
  • Federal agencies
  • State or local governments
  • The general public
  • Congress
  • Senior government officials
  • Private industry
  • Public and environmental interest groups
  • I do not have any of the above experiences
11 I have written communication experience in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Making recommendations
  • Providing advice
  • Preparing analysis
  • Preparing reports
  • Issuing system availability notices
  • None of the above
12 I have conducted briefings to audiences for the following purposes: Answer to this question is required
  • Presenting technical data and results
  • Presenting scientific data and results
  • Presenting future direction of a program
  • Presenting program resource needs
  • None of the above
13 For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
14 Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No