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Grade: 07

1 Choose the one answer that describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for biological science positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  • I have a combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major of biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 Choose one answer that best describes your specialized experience and/or directly related education: Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as someone who has broad experience working on land management or restoration. Experience in mitigating land activities or conditions that degrade the sustainability of the natural areas; these could include either herbicide application to control invasive species, prescribed burns of forests and fields, or planting of native plant species. The intent of their experience is to maintain the ecological integrity of lands.
  • I possess at least one full year of graduate level education.
  • I possess Superior Academic Achievement based on 1 of following: Upper 1/3 of graduating class; OR, GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed in final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major field completed in final 2 years of curriculum, OR member of an honor society recognized by requirements of Association of College Honor Societies.
  • I possess a combination of related graduate education and experience.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 Select the appropriate answer that best describes your experience with farm equipment to manage and restore forests and riparian areas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have practical experience with multiple machinery and techniques used for forest and riparian management.
  • I have experience mitigating plants in the Eastern United States of riparian areas.
  • I have practical experience on forest, riparian areas restoration projects.
  • I have completed course work and labs specific to forest management.
  • I have completed Ecology related course work in college.
  • I have experience using farm equipment used in restoration work such as tractor, and brush mower.
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
4

Select the appropriate answer that best describes experience creating a management plan for restoration of native species and grasses or management of natural resources.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience after schooling on multiple restoration projects in region including all aspects of project including prescribed fire.
  • I have practical experience with multiple machinery and techniques used for grassland management
  • I have practical experience on grassland restoration projects; wild fire management
  • I have completed course work and labs specific to grassland management; wild fire management
  • I have completed Ecology course work in college
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
5 Select the appropriate answer that best describes your experience conducting ecology projects with project design, data, and protocols needs for field-based projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience with regional plants and invasive plant species found in the Eastern United States.
  • I have completed one full year of graduate level education OR have received superior academic achievement.
  • I have experience working in field ecology for wildlife or plant related study.
  • I have completed course work, internship or semester study on ecology project.
  • I have completed field-based research projects.
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
6 Select the appropriate answer that best describes your experience monitoring and controlling of invasive species. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience participating on regional task forces concerning invasive species.
  • I have experience with setting up and conducting control of more than 2 projects in involving invasive species.
  • I have experience with setting up and conducting control of invasive species.
  • I have experience on field crew controlling invasive plant or animal species.
  • I have completed course work specific to invasive species
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
7 Select the appropriate answer that best describes experience with project review, project approval, record-keeping for ecological or monitoring projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have designed and managed reporting for own projects and projects of others.
  • I have managed reports for several projects.
  • I have produced annual reports using scripts in excel or other database software.
  • I have maintained records of permits or land management activities in digital form for reference and reports.
  • I have produced reports as part of coursework and have knowledge of excel.
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
8 Select the best answer that appropriately describes your experience with creating spatial databases of ecological data, or natural resources, for site and project tracking, reports, websites. Answer to this question is required
  • I have used web-based software such as GIS to display project results
  • I am proficient in web-based software such as GIS as demonstrated by multiple map projects
  • I have maintained records of permits or land management activities in digital form for reference and reports.
  • I have completed course work in web-based software such as GIS and statistics.
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
9 Select the best answer that appropriately describe your experience interacting with the public and students to explain land use activities. Answer to this question is required
  • I coordinate and supervise teams of volunteers for field work in natural resources
  • I interact with public concerning best practices on ecology, wildlife or land management.
  • I have worked with volunteers including needed safety procedures.
  • I have given presentations to public or volunteers on natural resources.
  • I do not have any experience as described above
10 Select the best answer that appropriately describe your experience teaching ecological principles or field protocols to volunteers or students. Answer to this question is required
  • I currently teach ecology related course for professionals, general public or college students OR I have taught ecology related course for professionals, general public or college students.
  • I conduct regular trainings through updated materials to train volunteers and students
  • I have prepared and presented materials to train volunteers or students on natural resource management
  • I have used prepared materials to train volunteers or students on natural resource management
  • I do not have any experience as described above
11 Select the appropriate answer that describes your experience utilizing, maintaining, and training others to use farm equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly used, trained others on the proper use of, and developed safety protocols on the proper use of various farm equipment.
  • I regularly use and conduct maintenance checks, and safety train others on various farm equipment.
  • I utilize safety equipment for tree cutting and clearing, application of herbicides and involved prescribed burns.
  • I took farm equipment training as part of employment or internship.
  • I do not have any experience as described above
12 Select the appropriate answer that describes your experience utilizing and training others to apply herbicides using various applications. Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly applied, trained others on the application of, and developed safety protocols on herbicide application.
  • I have regularly applied and trained others on proper herbicide application
  • I have experience in herbicide application.
  • I took herbicide safety training as part of employment or internship.
  • I do not have any experience as described above

Grade: All Grades

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