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1 Serve as a lead technical authority on the effects of pesticides or other chemicals in the environment, handling difficult and complex scientific issues/questions posed by external individuals and organizations. 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.
2 I have provided advice to staff and/or briefed senior management on the use of risk assessments in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Interpretation of human and/or animal toxicity data
  • Interpretation of exposure data
  • Interpretation of risk characterization
  • None of the above
3 Indicate all of the following kinds of assessments of pesticides or other environmental contaminants to which you have contributed as a member of a team: Answer to this question is required
  • Environmental/Ecological assessment
  • Ecological hazard assessment
  • Environmental fate assessment integrating fate, transport and exposure data
  • Assessment of environmental risk mitigation methods and practices
  • Environmental risk assessment integrating exposure and hazard
  • Assessment of risk to endangered species
  • Probabilistic assessment of environmental/ecological exposure and risk
  • Human health hazard, exposure, or risk assessment
  • Pesticide use assessment
  • Benefits assessments
  • None of the above.
4 Select the response that best describes your experience working with multi-disciplinary groups of scientists assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of chemicals. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with such groups
  • I have been a member of a single-discipline group assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of environmental chemicals
  • I have been a member of a multi-disciplinary group assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of environmental chemicals
  • I have led a single-discipline group assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of environmental chemicals
  • I have led a multi-disciplinary group assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of environmental chemicals
5 I have knowledge of the following national environmental laws: Answer to this question is required
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund)
  • None of the above
6 Select the responses that describe your experience in developing new processes, analytical approaches, and/or risk assessment methodologies to improve hazard/risk assessment: Answer to this question is required
  • Lead and/or serve on teams developing new processes, analytical approaches, and/or risk assessment methodologies.
  • Develop and/or contribute to publications on new processes, analytical approaches, and/or risk assessment methodologies.
  • Meet and build relationships with recognized experts and leaders of new processes, analytical approaches, and/or risk assessment methodologies.
  • Attend training, conferences, and/or meetings offering information on new processes, analytical approaches, and/or risk assessment methodologies.
  • None of the above
7 I have used qualitative and/or quantitative indicators to analyze environmental risks to the ecosystem and/or public health. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Select the responses that describe your experience in managing or leading teams: Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying, distributing, and balancing workload and tasks among employees according to skill level and/or occupational specialization.
  • Making adjustments to accomplish the workload according to established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks.
  • Ensuring that each employee has an integral role in developing the final team product.
  • None of the above.
9 Indicate all of the following kinds of assessments of pesticides or other environmental contaminants which have been performed by a team you led: Answer to this question is required
  • Environmental/Ecological assessment
  • Ecological hazard assessment
  • Environmental fate assessment integrating fate, transport and exposure data
  • Assessment of environmental risk mitigation methods and practices
  • Environmental risk assessment integrating exposure and hazard
  • Assessment of risk to endangered species
  • Probabilistic assessment of environmental/ecological exposure and risk
  • Human health hazard, exposure, or risk assessment
  • Pesticide use assessment
  • Benefits assessments
  • None of the above.
10 Select the option that describes your experience in assigning, directing, coordinating, reviewing, and/or evaluating the work of others. Answer to this question is required
  • 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 supervisor, managers or senior employee.
  • 5. In addition to performing this task as a regular part of a job independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee, 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 I perform the following functions to ensure that the team meets work priorities, deadlines and continues to provide quality products: Answer to this question is required
  • Prioritize assignments to meet established deadlines and priorities
  • Monitor and report the status and progress of work to supervisor
  • Review completed work to certify that the supervisor's instructions are followed
  • Make recommendations to the supervisor on personnel issues concerning staff assignments and awards
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
12 Select the responses that describe your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Developing ecological hazard assessments of pesticides.
  • Developing ecological hazard assessments of other environmental contaminants.
  • Conducting probabilistic risk assessments on the effects of environmental chemicals on terrestrial organisms.
  • Conducting probabilistic risk assessments on the effects of environmental chemicals on aquatic organisms.
  • Conducting probabilistic risk assessments on the effects environmental chemicals have on ecological ecosystems.
  • None of the above.
13 Indicate all types of documents below which you have written or edited. Answer to this question is required
  • Background papers discussing issues in environmental science
  • Environmental science articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Correspondence discussing issues in environmental science
  • Technical guidance
  • Scientific or technical reports or publications directed to non-technical groups
  • Responses to public inquiries
  • Responses to state, regional, or federal inquiries
  • Responses to congressional inquiries
  • Plain English summaries of scientific or environmental policy issues for non-technical audiences
  • Issue papers or position documents which explain or develop specific environmental policies or guidance
  • Technical reports
  • Procedures/instructions
  • Policy analyses
  • Regulations
  • Briefing packages
  • Blogs
  • Social Media Posts (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Website content
  • None of the above
14 Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in communicating the known or potential hazards of new chemicals or other environmental contaminants on human health and the environment to the general public. 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.
15 Conduct briefings where technical or scientific concepts related to aquatic or terrestrial biology are presented in ways understandable to people from non-technical backgrounds. 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.
16 Promote and maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups in order to accomplish goals and objectives. 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.
17 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
18 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
19 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
20 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

Grade: 14

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • 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 biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-14: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 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 GS-14: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Toxicologist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 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.
4 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Toxicologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER DEGREE in toxicology.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences with at least 30 semester hours in CHEMISTRY, BIOCHEMISTRY, or PHYSIOLOGY, PLUS 12 semester hours in TOXICOLOGY (e.g., toxicological search, methods in toxicology, essentials of toxicology, the study and review of toxicological literature, special reading courses, or other toxicologically-oriented subjects).
  • I do not meet any of the above.
5 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  • I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  • I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  • I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence.
  • I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described above.
  • I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
6 GS-14: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, GS-14, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 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.
7 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in PHYSICAL SCIENCE with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in ENGINEERING with 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in MATHEMATICS with 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 EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in one of the above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
8 GS-14: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 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.
9 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • 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.
10 GS-14: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Chemist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 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.