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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 Experience with analytical methods development and/or analytical problem solving. 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.
4 I have communicated with the following groups of people to explain regulations, policies, and procedures: Answer to this question is required
  • Team members in my organization
  • Supervisors and managers in my organization
  • Legal staff in my organization
  • Business/industry officials
  • Non-technical audiences
  • Print and broadcast media
  • State/Local/Tribal officials
  • I do not meet any of the choices above.
5 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

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 Experience with analytical methods development and/or analytical problem solving. 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.
4 I have communicated with the following groups of people to explain regulations, policies, and procedures: Answer to this question is required
  • Team members in my organization
  • Supervisors and managers in my organization
  • Legal staff in my organization
  • Business/industry officials
  • Non-technical audiences
  • Print and broadcast media
  • State/Local/Tribal officials
  • I do not meet any of the choices above.
5 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

Grade: All Grades

1 I have experience performing the following pertaining to environmental issues: Answer to this question is required
  • Interpreting findings
  • Evaluating findings
  • Synthesizing findings
  • Developing reports
  • None of the above
2 Select the responses that describe the areas of chemistry in which you received formal training. Answer to this question is required
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Physical-organic chemistry
  • Other organic chemistry, including general organic
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Chemical nomenclature conventions
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Toxicology
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Soil science
  • None of the above
3 Select the statement that reflects your highest level of work and/or academic experience applying chemistry concepts and principles to environmental protection issues or problems: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in applying chemistry principles to environmental protection issues or problems.
  • I have applied chemistry principles to environmental protection case studies or academic assignments.
  • I have applied chemistry principles to environmental protection projects or activities which have produced tangible results or outcomes for an organization or government entity.
4 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
5 Select the instrumentation you have used to independently conduct chemical and/or molecular analysis of samples in a laboratory or research setting: Answer to this question is required
  • Ion Chromatograph (IC)
  • Flow Injection Analysis (FIA)
  • UV/Visible Spectrometer
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer (ICP-AES)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • Gas Chromatograph (GC)
  • 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)
  • Thermal Cycler (qPCR)
  • None of the above
6 Select the responses that best describe your experience related to evaluation and summarizing of technical data. Answer to this question is required
  • I have evaluated technical data using standard well established methods and procedures.
  • I have prepared reviews of technical data generated using novel methods and procedures.
  • I have evaluated new technical methods proposed as replacements for established methods and procedures.
  • I have served on organizational peer review panels which review new methods and procedures and make recommendations.
  • I do not meet any of the choices above.
7 Select the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) processes that you have experience with involving the measurement of chemicals in environmental or biological media: Answer to this question is required
  • Ensures that appropriate quality assurance/quality control processes for research programs are in place and are being utilized to measure the quality of the research.
  • Reviews research plans and/or standard operating procedures to ensure they measure the quality of the research and related data generated.
  • Develops quality assurance/quality control for programs involving field collection of environmental media (e.g., air, water, soil).
  • Develops quality assurance/quality control for programs involving chemical analysis of samples in a laboratory.
  • Organizes or conducts routine calibrations and certifications of common laboratory equipment such as balances, thermometers, flow measurement devices, etc., and prepares appropriate documentation.
  • Reviews and provides input for quality assurance project plans for research projects.
  • Reviews and provides input for standard operating procedures for laboratory and/or field operations involving the collection and analysis of environmental or biological samples for research projects.
  • Conducts independent reviews and assessments to evaluate implementation of quality assurance/quality control requirements.
  • Performs field quality assurance data audits or system audits for human exposure or environmental studies.
  • Performs laboratory quality assurance data audits or system audits for laboratories analyzing human exposure or environmental samples.
  • Reviews databases containing laboratory data, field data, or calculated data for transcription errors, computational errors, and completeness; and provides guidance for correction of errors found.
  • Conducts systems and performance audits and provides assistance to researchers in identifying and correcting quality assurance deficiencies.
  • Develops and monitors procedures for chain-of custody (COC)/sample tracking.
  • None of the above.
8 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
9 Do you have experience advising senior management on the development of policy, program direction or alternative courses of action, related to compliance and enforcement matters, by summarizing policy options, stakeholder input, anticipated outcomes? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
10 Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience with method validation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have participated in a method validation study of new or modified methods
  • I have assisted in designing a method validation study of new or modified methods under another analyst's supervision
  • I have independently designed and directed a method validation study of new or modified methods
  • I do not have any of the above experiences
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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