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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 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 possess a Ph.D. degree that is in a directly related field of study appropriate for the position Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 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
5 How proficient are you in the understanding and use of various analytical methods, software packages and programs to quantitatively analyze data and construct models relevant to fisheries, wildlife, and ecological problems? Answer to this question is required
  • I depend on others for statistical advice, model selection, and for the use of software and modeling programs.
  • I have a working knowledge but often consult with others on key design and analysis decisions and in the use of programs and software packages.
  • I am relatively proficient and operate with great independence in determining appropriate designs, analyses, and models appropriate to fisheries, wildlife, and aquatic ecological studies under my direction.
  • I am fully proficient to the extent that others commonly consult with me for advice and guidance on analysis and modeling and the use of various software packages and programs designed for this purpose.
6 Which best describes your level of knowledge (through formal education, work experience or training) that may be used in research projects on issues related to the dynamics of ecosystems (aquatic and terrestrial) with implications for resource management? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge or experience as described above
  • I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, but little or no formal research experience or peer-reviewed publications evaluating fisheries, wildlife, and ecological science and management.
  • I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and have conducted research and published (or in press) one paper or final report evaluating fisheries, wildlife, and ecological science and management.
  • I have had general and advanced courses through an accredited academic institution, and have conducted research and published (or in press) two paper or final report evaluating fisheries, wildlife, and ecological science and management.
7 Demonstrated experience using decision analytic techniques (including structured decision making approaches) to assess the impacts of potential management actions on stakeholder objectives. 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 Choose the one answer which best describes your research experience in obtaining grants and contracts to support research activities related to wildlife ecology. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in writing research proposals for scientific investigations.
  • I have participated in the writing of research proposals to address natural resource needs, but such proposals have not been funded to date or are pending.
  • As PI or Co-PI, I have participated in the writing of research proposals for scientific investigations on topics other than those directly related to natural resources, resulting in grants or contracts funding biological investigations of interest to natural resource managers.
  • As a Co-PI or sole or senior PI, I have proposals funded for scientific investigations on spatial and landscape-level wildlife ecology to address natural resource management and policy needs of the state and federal government.
9 Choose the one answer which best describes your familiarity and experience with field wildlife and ecological techniques. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge or experience as described above.
  • I have academic instruction in various field techniques but have little or no practical field experience in their use.
  • I have training and practical field experience in various field techniques while working under the direction of a field/project supervisor.
  • I am proficient in field techniques, having provided instruction and lead research field teams in the use of multiple field techniques and responsible for project personnel safety when using these techniques, and identifying the utility and limitations of these techniques.
10 Choose the one answer which best describes your familiarity and experience with designing, planning and conducting large scale (scope and spatial) field research programs, and analyzing/synthesizing results from field research. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge or experience as described above.
  • I have academic instruction in various field techniques but have little or no practical field experience in their use.
  • I have training and practical field experience in various field techniques while working under the direction of a field/project supervisor.
  • I am proficient in field techniques, having provided instruction and lead research field teams in the use of multiple field techniques and responsible for project personnel safety when using these techniques, and identifying the utility and limitations of these techniques.
11 How proficient are you in the understanding and use of various analytical methods for landscape, spatial, and/or population modeling, including expertise in applying and developing innovative and emerging quantitative tools, such as modeling species interactions, integrated and hierarchical population models, and Bayesian methods? Answer to this question is required
  • I depend on others for statistical advice, model selection, and for the use of software and modeling programs.
  • I have a working knowledge but often consult with others on key design and analysis decisions and in the use of programs and software packages.
  • I am relatively proficient and operate with great independence in determining appropriate designs, analyses, and models appropriate to wildlife ecology studies under my direction.
  • I am expert in these techniques being fully proficient to the extent that others commonly consult with me for advice and guidance on analysis, modeling, statistics, and the use of specialized software packages and programs designed for this purpose.
12 Which best describes your level of knowledge and experience in engaging state and federal stakeholders to help inform wildlife management and policy decisions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience engaging stakeholders to help inform wildlife management and policy decisions through structured decision making.
  • I have a working knowledge but often consult with others in engaging stakeholders to help inform wildlife management and policy decisions.
  • I am relatively proficient and operate with great independence in engaging stakeholders to help inform wildlife management and policy decisions.
  • I am fully proficient in that I have direct experience using results from research to engage stakeholders to help inform wildlife management and policy decisions.
13 Which best describes your experience in setting priorities and directions that takes into account the needs of several cooperating partner agencies? Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered fully proficient in performing this task. I have excellent skills setting priorities and directions in consultation with several different partner agencies.
  • I have performed these tasks as a regular part of my duties. I have performed them independently and normally without review of a supervisor or co-worker.
  • I have performed these tasks in my duties but my work was monitored by my supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have little or no experience in working at this capacity.
14 Which best describes your experience in communicating/working with federal and state agencies and non-government conservation organizations on issues of wildlife biology through active research projects? Answer to this question is required
  • I have excellent professional working relationships with state and federal entities and regularly interact with them as a lead or co-investigator for active research projects. I have regularly presented information to such groups on research activities and in providing information on analytical techniques as they can be applied to wildlife management issues.
  • I have or have had working relationships with entities of this type. During my work I regularly interact with such groups as a lead or co-investigator for research projects. I have communicated with such groups independently and normally without review by a supervisor or co-worker.
  • I have performed these tasks as a regular part of my duties, primarily as a researcher on active or recently completed projects.
  • I have performed these tasks in my duties but my work was monitored by my supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have little or no experience in working and communicating with these entities.
15 Which best describes your level of knowledge and experience in responding to conservation and resource-use issues by providing ideas, methods, and mechanisms for applying science-based information to important management concerns? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in responding to conservation and resource-use issues by providing ideas, methods, and mechanisms for applying science-based information to important management concerns.
  • I have a working knowledge but often consult with others in applying science-based information to important management concerns.
  • I am relatively proficient and operate with great independence in responding to conservation and resource-use issues by providing ideas, methods, and mechanisms for applying science-based information to important management concerns.
  • I am fully proficient to the extent that others commonly consult with me for advice and guidance on responding to conservation and resource-use issues by providing ideas, methods, and mechanisms for applying science-based information to important management concerns.
16 Choose the one answer which best describes your ability to communicate scientific results as demonstrated by publications record (including co-authorship) in peer-reviewed journals dealing directly with wildlife biology or ecology, terrestrial or aquatic habitats, or wildlife management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed 5 or more peer-reviewed publications related to wildlife biology in the last 5 years, including papers in press.
  • I have completed 3-4 peer-reviewed publications related to wildlife biology in the last 5 years, including papers in press.
  • I have completed 1-2 peer-reviewed publications related to wildlife biology in the last 5 years, including papers in press.
  • I have no peer-reviewed publications on the stated topics.
17 Within the last 3 years, have you made oral or poster presentations at regional, national, or international meetings and conferences related to fisheries, wildlife, or ecological issues? Answer to this question is required
  • No, I have not presented oral or poster presentations at regional, national or international meetings and conferences related to fisheries, ecological, or related meetings/conferences.
  • Yes, I have presented 1 or more oral or poster presentations at regional, national or international fisheries, ecological, or related meetings/conferences.
  • Yes, I have presented 2-4 or more oral or poster presentations as lead or co-author at regional, national or international fisheries, ecological, or related meetings/conferences.
  • Yes, I have presented 5 or more oral or poster presentations as lead or co-author at regional, national or international fisheries, ecological, or related meetings/conferences.
18 Choose the one answer which best describes your academic teaching experience in fisheries, wildlife, and ecology or closely related topics. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no university teaching experience.
  • As a graduate teaching assistant, I helped set up labs, grade papers, and otherwise assist faculty members in the delivery of courses on fisheries, wildlife, or ecological or closely related topics.
  • As a graduate teaching assistant, I have delivered lectures and taught laboratory sessions related to fisheries, wildlife, or ecological or similar topics, to university audiences.
  • I have developed and taught one course on fisheries, wildlife, or ecological or closely related topics at the university level.
  • I have developed and taught two or more courses on fisheries, wildlife, or ecological or closely related topics at the university level.

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.
3 Basic Requirement, Research GS-0486: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic requirements for Research Wildlife Biologist positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 4 yrs of college leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in wildlife biology, zoology, or botany that included at least 30 semester hours (SH) of course work in biological science and 15 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and earth sciences. This course work must have included: at least 9 semester hours of training applicable to wildlife biology in such subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, principles of population dynamics, or related course work in the field of wildlife biology; and at least 12 SH in zoological subjects such as invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, embryology, animal physiology, entomology, herpetology, parasitology, and genetics; and at least 9 SH in the field of botany and related plant science; and at least 15 SH of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils, and/or geology.
  • I am currently employed in this series in the Federal government.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described.
4 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.