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Vacancy Details

Grade: 12

1 Basic Requirment, GS-0408: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed a bachelor`s or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that includes at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
  • I am currently employed in this series in the Federal government.
  • I do not meet the requirements described above.
2 GS-12 RESEARCH ONLY: In addition to basic education requirements, you must meet one of the following in order to qualify for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level as described in the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of the vacancy announcement.
  • I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study.
  • I possess a combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of graduate study and professional experience, as described above.
  • I do not meet the requirement as described.

Grade: All Grades

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 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
3 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
4 Which response best describes your background as an expert on scientific, technical, and technological protocols and methodologies for the acquisition/collection, processing, integration, and dissemination of spatially oriented scientific data including land cover, land use, and terrestrial/aquatic species. Your resume and college transcripts should provide supporting information. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed formal education or training to serve as an expert on scientific, technical, and technological protocols and methodologies for the acquisition/collection, processing, integration, and dissemination of spatially oriented scientific data including land cover, land use, and terrestrial/aquatic species but I have not yet performed any of these tasks.
  • I have completed formal education or equivalent training to serve as an expert on scientific, technical, and technological protocols and methodologies for the acquisition/collection, processing, integration, and dissemination of spatially oriented scientific data including land cover, land use, and terrestrial/aquatic species. I have independently completed these tasks for one project.
  • I have completed formal education or equivalent training to serve as an expert on scientific, technical, and technological protocols and methodologies for the acquisition/collection, processing, integration, and dissemination of spatially oriented scientific data including land cover, land use, and terrestrial/aquatic species, including acquisition and use of GPS animal movement data. I have independently completed these tasks for two or more projects and I have peer-reviewed, scientific publications resulting from this work.
5 At which of the following multivariate statistical analysis and classification, multiple regressions and correlation analyses and mixed-model analysis software and procedures are you proficient. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Check all software which apply: Answer to this question is required
  • R:
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • MatLab
  • Random Forest modeling
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Univariate (ANOVA's, mixed models, regression, etc.)
  • Multivariate analyses
  • None of the above.
6 Which of the following statements best describes your experience with computer programming in the R statistical language and teaching classes to others to do so. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed course work programming in the R statistical language.
  • I have routinely program in the R statistical language.
  • I have taught statistics classes using the R programming language, and I have peer-reviewed, scientific publication(s) resulting from this work.
7 Which of the following statements best describes your ability to perform data processing and manipulation of large data sets in the R statistical language. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed course work related to data processing and manipulation in the R statistical language.
  • I have experience in data processing and manipulation in the R statistical language for one project.
  • I have programmed in the R statistical language for data processing and manipulation, and my work has resulted in peer-reviewed, scientific publication. I have also taught statistics classes using the R programming language.
8 Which of the following statements best describes your level of understand of the theoretical and applied principals of wildlife population dynamics especially as they apply to large ungulates. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed formal education or training to understand the theoretical and applied principals of wildlife population dynamics especially as they apply to large ungulates.
  • I have an understanding of the theoretical and applied principals of wildlife population dynamics especially as they apply to large ungulates and have performed independent research on at least one project using this understanding.
  • I have conducted independent research using my understanding of theoretical and applied principals of wildlife population dynamics especially as they apply to large ungulates and I have served as a principal investigator on proposals and reports that specifically dealt with large ungulate ecology in the western U.S.
9 Which of the following statements best describes your knowledge and experience with the sagebrush-steppe and shrubland habitats and associated species in the western U.S. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed formal education or training with regard to the sagebrush-steppe and shrubland habitats and associated species in the western U.S.
  • I have contributed to as a productive team member in investigations on sagebrush-steppe and shrubland habitats and associated species in the western U.S.
  • I have routinely conducted independent research on the sagebrush-steppe and shrubland habitats and associated species in the western U.S, and I have peer-reviewed publication(s) regarding the sagebrush ecosystem in the western U.S.
10 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in implementing high-quality research investigations using knowledge of biological concepts and principles, land and water management concepts and principles, and knowledge of the life history and limiting factors of specific species. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed formal education or training regarding biological concepts and principles, land and water management concepts and principles, and knowledge of the life history and limiting factors of specific species to implement highest-quality research investigations.
  • I have contributed as a productive team member where my understanding of biological concepts and principles, land and water management concepts and principles, and knowledge of the life history and limiting factors of specific species was used to successfully complete high-quality research investigations.
  • I have routinely conducted independent research in mountain, forest and sagebrush ecosystems in the western U.S., using my understanding of biological concepts and principles, land and water management concepts and principles, and knowledge of the life history and limiting factors of specific species to implement research investigations that resulted in successful proposals and scientific peer-reviewed publications.
11 Which statement best describes your use of program "R" or SAS Matlab in conducting statistical analyses? Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have used "R" or SAS Matlab to conduct basic statistical analyses.
  • I routinely use "R" or SAS Matlab to conduct complex statistical analyses.
  • I have used "R" or SAS Matlab to perform complex statistical analyses and have authored or co-authored peer-reviewed, scientific publications based on those analyses. I have taught statistics classes using the R programming language.
12 Which of the following statements best describes your experience with managing and analyzing large ecological datasets. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed formal education or training to manage and analyze large ecological datasets.
  • I have managed and analyzed large ecological datasets as a productive team member in investigations that produced and /or required large datasets.
  • I have independently managed and analyzed large ecological datasets, including on sagebrush ecosystem(s), and my work led to funded proposals and peer-reviewed scientific publications.
13 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in writing scripts to perform statistical analyses in R and in ArcGIS environments. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed formal education or training writing scripts to perform statistical analyses in R and in ArcGIS environments.
  • I have written scripts to perform statistical analyses in R and in ArcGIS environments as a productive team member.
  • I have independently written scripts to perform statistical analyses in R and in ArcGIS environments and it has been a major part of my work to analyze large datasets. I have been contacted to help others in writing script, I have taught statistics classes using the R programming language, and I have published peer-reviewed scientific publications on my work.
14 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in the use of statistical modeling techniques for wildlife research. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have successfully completed college courses or training on statistical software and their use in analysis of ecological data.
  • I have knowledge and experience in the use of SAS and/or R (or the equivalent of these programs). I have conducted analyses identified as a productive member of a team.
  • I have extensive knowledge and experience in the use of SAS/Matlab and/or R (or the equivalent of these programs). I have independently identified and conducted analyses of ecological data for addressing research questions pertaining to wildlife and have produced peer-reviewed publications. I have taught statistics classes using the R programming language.
15 Which of the following statements best describes your experience conducting ecological research on terrestrial ecosystems, species and habitats. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have participated in at least one research project as a productive team member focused on terrestrial ecosystems, species or habitats.
  • I have led at least one independent research project focused on terrestrial ecosystems, species or habitats.
  • I have led multiple independent research projects focused on terrestrial ecosystems, species or habitats, particularly in the western US including in the sagebrush ecosystem.
16 Which of the following statements best describes your familiarity and experience with conducting research on population dynamics and multi-species interactions, preferentially to include innovative noninvasive monitoring techniques. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I completed college level course work or equivalent training on conducting research on population dynamics and multi-species interactions, preferentially to include innovative noninvasive monitoring techniques.
  • I have contributed as a productive team member in conducting research on population dynamics and multi-species interactions, preferentially to include innovative noninvasive monitoring techniques.
  • I have provided instruction and lead research field teams in population dynamics and multi-species interactions (such as interactions between wildlife and vegetation habitat) field research (such as acquisition and use of remotely sensed imagery for habitat assessment or animal observation – including innovative, noninvasive techniques using satellite imagery and UAV imagery to count animals). I have scientific, peer-reviewed publications resulting from this knowledge and experience.
17 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in collaborating with scientists on the development of new methods to count ungulates, and tests new methods. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed college level work or equivalent training on collaborating with scientists on the development of new methods to count ungulates, and tests new methods.
  • I have contributed as a productive team member to collaborations with scientists on the development of new methods to count ungulates, and tests new methods.
  • I regularly collaborate with scientists on the development of new methods to count ungulates, and testing new methods. I have been contacted to assist wildlife managers to evaluate the use of new methodologies to count ungulates and the western U.S. I have served as a PI or co-PI on proposal(s).
18 Which of the following statements best describes your professional knowledge of ecology theories, concepts, and principles and a working knowledge of related disciplines in order to conduct complex studies and investigations pertaining to plant and fire ecology in sagebrush ecosystems. Your resume should provide supporting examples. Answer to this question is required
  • None of the above.
  • I have completed college level work or equivalent training regarding ecology theories, concepts, and principles and a working knowledge of related disciplines in order to conduct complex studies and investigations pertaining to plant and fire ecology in sagebrush ecosystems.
  • I have contributed as a productive team member to research projects focused on ecological theories, concepts, and principles and a working knowledge of related disciplines in order to conduct complex studies and investigations pertaining to plant and fire ecology in sagebrush ecosystems.
  • I have independently led and conducted complex research investigations focused on the application of ecological theories, concepts, and principles and a working knowledge of related disciplines in order to conduct complex studies and investigations pertaining to plant and fire ecology in sagebrush. I have served as a PI or co-PI on proposals and published my work in peer-reviewed scientific journals.