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Vacancy Details

Grade: All Grades

1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 I have led a team of professionals to develop or manage technical programs and/or projects by performing the following tasks: Answer to this question is required
  • Draft and set project priorities and/or priorities
  • Determine program resource requirements
  • Track and manage program budgets
  • Set short and long range program goals
  • Coordinate program activities with program staff
  • Monitor program progress
  • Evaluate program outcomes
  • Develop work plans
  • Assign work to project team members
  • None of the above
6 Select the responses that describe your experience leading and achieving results. Answer to this question is required
  • I have collaborated with senior officials inside and outside my agency and/or organization to build consensus.
  • I have gained cooperation and built consensus among senior level management related to my area of expertise.
  • I have managed, coached and/or mentored staff.
  • I have served as a senior staff member to whom others look to for advice and guidance in completing assignments.
  • I have led a team that resolved technical problems
  • None of the above
7 I have performed the following management functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Develop and implement long-term project plans
  • Develop strategic plans
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Prepare budgets
  • Approve Quality Assurance (QA) plans
  • Approve other types of plans
  • None of the above
8 Please select the laws where you have direct work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Clean Water Act
  • Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
  • Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Clean Water Municipal Funding Program
  • I have no work experience in any of these areas
9 Prepare analytical papers or position documents which present and analyze complex national water program policy and regulatory analyses, summaries, and/or recommendations. 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.
10 I have led a team in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Distributing and/or balancing workload among employees
  • Making adjustments to workload to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks
  • Ensuring that each employee has an integral role in the team
  • None of the above
11 I have performed the following leadership functions in a project or program. Answer to this question is required
  • Served as a supervisor, team leader or project coordinator.
  • Coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of a complete project or program goal.
  • Followed-up with colleagues, team members, and others to ensure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  • Planned work assignments to be assigned to colleagues, team members, and others.
  • Reported progress to senior management.
  • Resolved conflicts, differences or problems among colleagues, team members, and others.
  • Reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  • None of the above.
12 I have experience performing the following duties: Answer to this question is required
  • Assigning work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capability of employees.
  • Interviewing candidates for positions in the organization, and recommending/selecting for appointment, promotion or reassignment.
  • Planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, members of work teams, and/or contractors.
  • Setting and adjusting priorities and preparing schedules for completion of work.
  • Developing performance standards, and evaluating work performance of subordinates.
  • Identifying developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • Giving advice, counsel or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  • None of the above.
13 Experience distributing and balancing workload among employees in accordance with employee skill levels and occupational specializations to assure timely accomplishment of the work. 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.
14 Experience analyzing complex, highly visible and/or politically sensitive environmental problems and/or providing technical and regulatory advice to managers. 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 Select the responses that describe your experience with scientific and/or engineering data: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience analyzing scientific and/or engineering data.
  • I have experience interpreting scientific and/or engineering data.
  • I have experience evaluating scientific and/or engineering data.
  • None of the above.
16 Please select the types of assessments have you conducted? Answer to this question is required
  • water quality assessments
  • human health risk assessments
  • vulnerability assessments of public water systems
  • vulnerability assessments for water security
  • source water assessments
  • microbial health risk assessments
  • Ecological risk assessments
  • Water regulation permits and assessments
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
17 Do you have experience applying scientific principles related to water quality protection? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
18 Experience explaining complex program and activities to Federal, State, Tribal or local officials. 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.
19 Represent the agency's interests and positions on national water program issues in one-on-one conversations, at informal meetings, and in formal presentations with other federal agency officials, state, local and tribal officials, and stakeholders. 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.
20 Please select the response that BEST describes your ability to build coalitions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external groups and individuals; negotiating to achieve cooperation among people with varying opinions and views.
  • I have demonstrated a high level of ability to negotiate complex issues with individuals/ groups of diverse backgrounds both internal and external to the organization, and I have developed and enhanced alliances with external groups, demonstrating the high level of ability to effectively communicate with groups of varying levels of education and competence, finding common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to persuade others through my ability to effectively communicate. This may have included working on a team or project where you were successful in persuading others to move in a specific direction, implement a specific change, and/or which resulted in a change to a former decision.
  • I have limited experience representing an organization/agency externally for speaking engagements or negotiations, but have established and maintained effective working relationships internally.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 15

1 GS-15: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-15, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-14 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.
2 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER 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 OR HIGHER 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.
3 GS-15: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, GS-15, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-14 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 Ecologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER DEGREE in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research with at least 30 semester hours in BASIC AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES which included 9 semester hours in ECOLOGY and 12 semester hours in PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
5 GS-15: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, GS-15, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-14 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.
6 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Physical/Environmental Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER 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 OR HIGHER 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 OR HIGHER 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 OR HIGHER 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.