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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 Develops software for systems that process critical data in real-time on a 24x7 basis. 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.
4 Use of agile methodologies and software development life cycle. 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 Utilize knowledge of software testing techniques to develop test cases and program for quality assurance systems. 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 Apply systems-level knowledge to develop a comprehensive program for software testing, integration, and documentation. 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 In which of the following languages are you sufficiently skilled to develop moderately complex data management computer applications? Answer to this question is required
  • Fortran
  • C
  • C++/C#
  • Java
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • Visual Basic
  • .Net
  • None of the above.
8 How many years of experience do you have designing and developing software applications? Answer to this question is required
  • 5+
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • None.
9 Support the establishment and maintenance of a secure computer and network infrastructure in a 24X7 real-time environment. 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 Select the seismic data acquisitions software packages you have used routinely: Answer to this question is required
  • Caltech-USGS Seismic Processing (CUSP).
  • Earthworm.
  • Advanced National Seismic System Quake Management System (AQMS).
  • Antelope.
  • Seisan.
  • SeiscomP.
  • Software from a seismometer manufacturer (e.g. Scream, RTPD).
  • Active source data acquisition software.
  • None of the above.
11 Which server operating systems have you installed, configured or managed? Answer to this question is required
  • Linux.
  • Free BSD.
  • Sun Solaris 8 or higher.
  • None of the above.
12 Characterize your experience in identifying, recording, prioritizing, and solving user problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education and/or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior system administrator.
13 Ability to use shell scripts, common Linux utilities (sed, grep, awk) or perl to automate system functions or to aid end-users. 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 Which of these relational databases do you consider yourself proficient with? Please select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • PostgreSQL.
  • MySQL.
  • Oracle.
  • Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Other SQL database.
  • None of the above.
15 What revision control/version control/source control software have you used? Please select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • CVS (Concurrent Version System).
  • RCS (Revision Control System).
  • SVN (Subversion).
  • Git.
  • Other.
  • None of the Above.
16 Collect and analyze performance data from a variety of sources including performance Monitor Event Logs, and other data sources. 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 Communicate effectively with USGS operational groups and external science and business partners to elicit support of Team programs, promote project goals, and resolve problems. 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 Lead, convince, and motivate groups or individuals in the adoption of software engineering best practices including use of a software development lifecycle, test driven development, change management, configuration management, and agile methodologies. 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 Use a geologic knowledge of earthquake hazards to communicate clearly to the public, information about earthquake activity, earthquake processes, and earthquake hazards. 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 Characterize your experience in identifying the technology needed to meet future IT requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education and/or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • 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.
21 Characterize your recent experience with designing and writing software for analysis of scientific data. 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.
22 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: 13

1 GS-13 Choose one answer which best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic education requirement for Geophysicist positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.).
  • I have at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years.
  • I am currently employed in this series in the federal government.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 GS-13 In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, choose one answer which best describes your professional experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level as described in the qualifications section of the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet or exceed the experience requirement as described.
3 GS-13: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your professional experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12. Examples of such experience may include: developing software systems using a knowledge of techniques, procedures, and processes such as operation system theory, data structures, computer system architecture, software engineering, and computer communications; developing integrated computer systems.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
4 Basic Education Requirement: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic requirements for Computer Scientist positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in computer science OR a bachelor's or higher degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.
  • I am currently employed in this series in the Federal government.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.