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1 Please be aware that this vacancy announcement is only open to United States Citizens. Are you a United States Citizen? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Are you a current USGS employee serving under a permanent competitive service appointment OR an appointment based on a noncompetitive hiring authority (e.g., 30% disabled veteran authority; Veterans Recruitment Appointment; appointment based on an individual's disability; individuals on an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program who have completed specific program requirements for noncompetitive conversion); OR a current or former employee who is serving, or previously served, on temporary or term appointment in a land management agency, i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or U.S. Forest Service? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 How did you find out about this vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • USGS Online Automated Recruitment System (OARS)
  • Email notice from OARS or the USGS Email Notifier
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Newspaper or magazine advertisement
  • OPM USAJOBS website
  • Placement Office - State, Federal or College
  • LatPro.com internet job site
  • GoldSea.com internet job site
  • The Black EOE Journal
  • Other commercial internet job site
  • Other
4 Function as a line supervisor for a large, complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels. Line supervision responsibilities must include workforce planning, analysis of staff capabilities and expertise in relation to future growth areas, and all aspects of personnel management. 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 a 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.
5 Motivate subordinates, identify their developmental needs, provide development opportunities, and ensure equal opportunity. 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 a 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.
6 Resolve problems in an appropriate manner that may arise between employees you supervise or between an employee and a scientific collaborator or customer. 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 a 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.
7 Provide guidance, direction, and coaching to other employees 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 a 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.
8 Develop complex multidisciplinary scientific proposals that require extensive modification and adaptation of standard procedures, methods, and techniques or the development of new procedures, methods, and techniques to address critical or prominent water-resources issues that affect a large area (watershed, large drainage basin, or entire state). 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 a 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 Lead projects involving complex scientific issues to describe and interpret hydrologic conditions focusing on the definition, analysis, forecasting, or hindcasting of both natural and human-induced influences on the hydrologic system 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 a 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 Coordinate regional science issues and evaluate multidisciplinary regional science efforts and identify program building opportunities. 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 a 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.
11 Develop and implement innovative and measurably effective means to communicate work results and the significance of these results to customers, other interested individuals and organizations, and 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 a 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.
12 5 Choices-Formulate operational policies, plan, develop, and maintain a program of hydrologic investigations, data collection and analysis, and/or research in a state, including cooperative programs with other Federal, state, and local government agencies. 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 it 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 established procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently, and usually without review by a supervisor 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.
13 Discuss cooperative agreements, study methods, approach, techniques, and desired results with management and cooperators 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 a 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 Explain complex hydrologic or earth science information to a wide variety of individuals. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing this task.
  • I have experience performing this task.
  • I regularly perform this task as part of my job.
  • I am regularly consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
15 Give clear, logical, and effective presentations or briefings before technical and non-technical audiences. 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 a 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 cooperative relations with state, county, and local government agencies concerned with the development and utilization of water resources. 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 a 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 Utilize demonstrated ability to develop budget allocations and guide program expenditures to ensure the cost-effective completion of assigned research goals. 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 a 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.
18 Establish long range and short term program goals and scientific priorities that integrate organizational priorities. 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 a 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 Negotiate fiscal aspects of hydrologic investigative programs with state, local, and Federal government agencies 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 a 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 Possess experience that reflects an understanding of multidisciplinary earth-science investigational methods as they apply to water resources issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with multidisciplinary earth-science investigations relating to water resources issues.
  • I have personally conducted a single-discipline study which interfaced with other studies to complete a multidisciplinary study.
  • I have completed project work involving multidiscipline approaches to hydrologic studies.
  • I have assisted in planning multidiscipline approaches to hydrologic studies and have directed the efforts of a group of professionals involved in a multidisciplinary hydrologic investigation.
  • I have designed and directed or personally carried out a comprehensive regional or national multidisciplinary study.
21 Work cooperatively, effectively, and cordially with key officials, scientists, managers, and technical personnel to achieve strategic goals and carry out responsibilities. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing this task.
  • I have performed this task a few times, but do not normally need to communicate extensively to a diverse audience to achieve strategic goals.
  • I have experience actively communicating and working cooperatively with senior officials, scientists, managers, and technical personnel to achieve strategic goals.
  • I routinely communicate information to senior officials, scientists, managers, and technical personnel to achieve strategic goals.
22 Provide leadership to assure that the priorities and goals of the organization stay abreast of national policies, changing conditions, and other influences that may affect organizational programs at the local, regional, or national level. Answer to this question is required
  • I have some training in leadership but have not applied it at any level.
  • I have applied leadership experience at one level of an organization.
  • I have applied leadership experience at 2-3 levels of an organization.
  • I have applied leadership experience at more than 4 levels of an organization.
  • I have applied leadership experience at more than 4 levels of an organization, am currently in a leadership position of a small organization (<25 people).
  • I have applied leadership experience at more than 4 levels of an organization, am currently in a leadership position of a large organization (25 or more people).
23 MC-5 choices - Assess need for policy or procedural changes and provide advice to executive leadership to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of regional science programs involving multiple field installations and external 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 it 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 established procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently, and usually without review by a supervisor 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.
24 I certify, to the best of my knowledge that all the information in my application is true, and that I have truthfully and accurately represented my work experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education. I understand that providing false or fraudulent information may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. I also certify that I have read the entire vacancy announcement; that I have reviewed my answers to the eligibility questions for accuracy; and that I understand what supporting documentation, if any, is required for submission and when it’s due. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 15

1 GS-15 Choose the answer which best describes your education and experience in relation to the mandatory basic requirements for the Hydrologist position. Answer to this question is required
  • I completed requirements for bachelor`s or higher degree in physical, natural, or engineering science including 30 semester hours in courses in hydrology, physical science, geophysics, chemistry, engineering, soils, math, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or water resources conservation management. Course work included 6 semester hours in calculus, (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics.
  • I possess a combination of education and experience—course work as described (30 semester hours in a combination of courses including 6 semester hours in calculus (both differential and integral), and 6 semester hours in physics, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education equal to a 4-year degree.
  • I am currently employed in this series in the federal government.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described.
2 GS-15 In addition to meeting the basic requirements choose the answer which best describes your experience in relation to requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level as described in the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet the requirements as described.
3 Choose one answer which best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic education requirement for Geologist positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed all requirements for a bachelors or higher degree from an accredited college or university in geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, cartography.
  • I have a combination of education and experience - (24 semester hours or equivalent in geology plus 20 additional semester hours or equivalent in any combination of courses specified in "A", plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years which demonstrates sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of a professional Geologist.
  • I am currently employed in this series in the federal government.
  • I do not meet the requirements as described.
4 GS-15 In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in Geology that is equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level as described in the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet the requirements as described.