GIS Specialist (Interdisciplinary)


Vacancy ID: 637290   Announcement Number: GLBA637290ED   USAJOBS Control Number: 313636300

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

This position may be filled in either of the following disciplines: Geographer, GS-0150, Cartographer, GS-1370, Biologist, GS-401-11 or Physical Scientist, GS-1301-11. Your responses to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated to determine your qualifications for this position. Please carefully follow all instructions before submitting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. If you select more than one response or leave an item blank, you will not receive consideration for this position.

YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

IMPORTANT-PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the listed positive education requirements. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you do not submit specific course work information as described above, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

1. From the description below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirements for the following positions.

A. Geographer 0150 - I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.

B. Geographer 0150 - I have not completed the requirements stated in 1A above, but I have a combination of 4 years of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major in geography or a related field that included 24 semester hours in geography, or related fields listed in 1A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education, to total 4 years.

C. Cartographer 1370 - I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).

D. Cartographer 1370 - I have not completed the education requirements stated in 1C above, but I have an equivalent combination of courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
E. Biologist 401 - I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

F. Biologist 401 - I have not completed the education requirements stated in 1E above, but I have an equivalent combination of courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
G. Physical Scientist 1301 - I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or directly related engineering science. Such course work includes, but is not limited to physics, geophysics, chemistry, hydrology, engineering, geology, geography, oceanography, and/or meteorology.

H. Physical Scientist 1301 - I have not completed the education requirements stated in 1G above, but I have an equivalent combination of courses equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science, and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
I. I do not meet the requirements listed above.



Specialized Experience and Education Requirements

2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-09 level. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience for this position includes: using Geographic Information System (GIS) database and database management systems to convert information from analog to digital form; integrating computer models with biological and physical scientific knowledge and management practices; develop Global Positioning System (GPS) data dictionaries, spatial data inventories, and cross linkages; participate in field work to generate new or verify ("ground truth") mapped information; prepare GIS plans, data dictionaries, and resource management plan project statements related to GIS.

B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience described in 2A above, but I have a masters degree (or two full years leading toward a masters degree) in the Geography, Cartography, Biology, Physical Science or other scientific fields related to the work of this position.
C. I do not meet the specialized experience or the graduate education requirements, but I have a combination of specialized experience and education as described in 2A and 2B above. For example, I possess six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level (50% of the experience requirement) and 27 semester hours of progressively higher level graduate education directly related to this position (50% of the education requirement).
D. I do not meet the above requirements.

3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-11 level. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. In addition to the above experience, qualified applicants at this level would have experience such as designing, developing and managing geographic information systems and database management systems; analyzing geospatial data to determine resources conditions and trends; modeling predicted results of alternative management actions, and working to resolve resource management issues.

B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience described in 3A above, but I have completed three years of progressively higher leave graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the Geography, Cartography, Biology, Physical Science or other scientific fields related to the work of this position.

C. I do not meet the specialized experience or the graduate education requirements, but I have a combination of specialized experience and education as described in 3A and 3B above. For example, I possess six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level (50% of the experience requirement) and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of progressively higher level graduate education directly related to this position (50% of the education requirement).

D. I do not meet the above requirements.

KSA-1. Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated software.

For the questions below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The questions were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.

Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I have supervised the performance of this task, and/or am considered an expert in the performance of this task, or have trained (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

4. Install, maintain and manage ArcGIS software solutions (Desktop, Mobile, Server, etc).

5. Use appropriate ArcGIS tools to create, manage and maintain geodatabases for park resources.

6. Provide guidance and technical support to land management professionals in the use of GIS software and provide automation tools for repetitive tasks.

7. Integrate ecology, biology, geography, physical science, and cartography to develop and analyze geographic databases pertinent to natural, cultural, and infrastructure resources.

8. Conduct analyses of geo-referenced data to determine resource conditions and trends, model results of management actions, and resolve resource management issues.

9. ConvertĀ thematic source maps from analog to digital form through the use of appropriate hardware and software.

10. Apply best practices to choose appropriate data, analysis methods, and GIS tools for a given spatial analysis project (site selection, visibility analysis, risk analysis, distance modeling; use of both vector and raster analysis; application of spatial statistics; use of geoprocessing models for automation and what-if scenarios).

11. Perform appropriate quality control / quality assurance functions on remote sensing and other geospatial data.

12. Prepare specifications for GIS-related contracts and agreements.

13. Prepare GIS plans and supporting documentation for inclusion in resource management project proposals.

14. Produce final GIS products in such forms as computer files and printed hardcopy in support of team projects and programs.

15. Ensure that the correct and appropriate application of geographic and cartographic concepts and principles are applied to database and map construction (e.g., map projections, datums and coordinate systems; data representation; data quality).

16. Provide guidance to staff on how best to use emerging GIS technologies such as web delivery, mobile mapping and tablet computing.

17. Integrate non-GIS software and hardware with GIS.

18. Maintain hardware peripherals related to GIS work.

19. Ensure the security and currency of hardware and software related to GIS activities.

KSA-2. Knowledge of Global Positioning System equipment and operation.

20. Use Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment and software to collect data employing technology provided by industry leaders such as Trimble, Garmin, and Magellan.

21. Collect and organize survey level data using GPS receivers in remote locations.

22. Download and create GIS layers from GPS coordinates.

23. Quantify accuracy of GPS coordinates.

24. Train and instruct others in the use of GPS and related technology.

25. Plan, execute, and supervise field work in remote environments to generate or verify ("groundtruth") geographic information.

KSA-3. Ability to design and maintain geospatial and/or relational databases and develop and maintain compliant and searchable metadata.

26. Design and maintain relational databases (e.g., Microsoft Access) using best practices resulting in products meeting high database integrity standards.

27. Design and maintain GIS databases (e.g., file geodatabase) using best practices to ensure data integrity.

28. Discover, acquire, manage, and distribute GIS data, including remote sensing data from a variety of sources to meet park needs.

29. Install and administer database management systems such as Microsoft SQL Server.

30. Translate user requirements into a coherent and concise relational data model and implement in database such as Microsoft Access or SQL server.

31. Develop client-side user interface(s) to relational databases such as Microsoft Access or SQL Server.

32. Load and maintain geospatial data within a relational database management system for use within an ArcGIS client.

33. Manage and edit attribute and geometry features within the geodatabase and apply rules that maintain data integrity.

34. Develop and maintain searchable metadata compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard.

35. Disseminates data documentation using appropriate technologies.

KSA-4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

36. Deal sensitively with controversial issues and complicated political situations in a professional and objective manner.

37. Make oral presentations of project status and findings to other professionals and interested parties.

38. Establish productive communication channels with GIS colleagues.

39. Provide clear and comprehensive guidance to employees and colleagues.

40. Communicate effectively in a positive and respectful manner with people whose understanding of GIS technology spans from basic through expert.

41. Work cooperatively with federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector on issues related to GIS applications.

42. Prepare posters and presentations for technical symposia.

43. Prepare memoranda, correspondence, accomplishment reports, and other written material that meet accepted standards for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

44. Develop and communicate project proposals, plans, schedules, and cost analyses.

45. Supervise/lead seasonal, temporary, permanent staff, as well as volunteers and other personnel.

46. Use desktop software applications such as Microsoft Office.

47. Prepare written responses or messages that deal sensitively with controversial issues and complicated political situations in a professional and objective manner.

48. Provide clear and comprehensive written guidance to employees and colleagues.

49. Communicate effectively in writing, in a positive and respectful manner with people whose understanding of GIS technology spans from basic through expert.

50. Develop written project proposals, plans, schedules, and cost analyses.