Biologist (CA Condor Program Manager)


Vacancy ID: 739659   Announcement Number: KLBA-PINN-12-739659-MPP   USAJOBS Control Number: 325589200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status. If you are a current or former Federal Government employee, you MUST submit a copy of an SF-50 that reflects your permanent status in the Federal Government. You must also submit an SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held if different.

A. I am a current Federal Government employee with competitive status.
B. I am a former Federal Government employee with competitive status.
C. I am not a current or former Federal Government employee with competitive status but am eligible for a VEOA or special hiring authority appointment as described in the vacancy announcement.
D. I do not meet the requirements in any of the above statements.

2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401 position. 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.

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.

A. I have successfully completed a full four 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 biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position.

B. I do not meet the education requirements in 2A above, but I have a combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to biology; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.
C. I do not possess the minimum qualifications requirement, as described above.

3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401-09 position. 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 additional requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in 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 qualifying specialized experience for this position include duties such as: performing inventory and monitoring of natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, and related ecological components such as air, water and/or soil for scientific study.
B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience described in 3A above, but I have successfully completed two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines, and which has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of this position.IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. 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 are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).
C. I do not have one full year of specialized experience as described in 3A above or the two years of graduate study in a field directly-related to the work of this position as shown in 3B above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level education in an accredited educational institution (50% of the qualifying education).
D. I do not possess the requirements as described above.

4. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401-11 position. 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 specialized experience requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position at the GS-11 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 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 qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: study, inventory, monitoring, restoration and management of a broad range of natural resources; vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, sensitive species and associated ecological components such as air, water and soil.
B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience as defined in 4A above; however, I have successfully completed three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, such as in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position.
C. I do not have one year of specialized experience as described in 4A above, or the three years of graduate education in a directly related field as described in 4B above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of the specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-11) and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of appropriate directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement).
D. I do not meet or exceed the requirements as described above.

KSA-1. Knowledge and experience in administration of a complex biological field program, including budget planning and management, fostering partnerships, developing collaborative research plans, preparing cooperative agreements, and ensuring safe operating procedures.

For each of the task statements 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 am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

5. Participate on an interdisciplinary team for the development of collaborative research plans.

6. Implement or direct the implementation of natural resources research protocols.

7. Seek viable outside funding sources.

8. Manage a program of operations that included the acquisition, management and accountability for vehicles, field equipment, specialized scientific equipment, and office space.

9. Supervise a complex program of operations in a manner that ensures safe operating procedures.

10. Manage the program budget for a complex natural resources research program.

11. Manage or serve as key official on cooperative agreements and/or contracts established with universities or other partners to complete natural resources research projects.

12. Develop common ground and collaboration with improbable partners from a wide variety of perspectives to reach conservation goals that are economically feasible and mutually advantageous.

KSA-2. Demonstrated skill in verbal and written communication for a variety of audiences including upper level management, partner organizations, interdisciplinary groups, ranchers, hunters, academia, policy makers, the general public, and the media.

13. Communicate effectively with upper management (equivalent to in-park management team to regional directorate).

14. Initiate and conduct meetings with responsibility in setting the agenda and facilitating and leading the discussions.

15. Play a substantial role on an interdisciplinary team comprised of at least three other stakeholders from local, State, Federal, university or NGO organizations.

16. Seek out partnerships to accomplish program goals.

17. Develop a cooperative agreement or MOU's (Memorandum of Understanding) with other organizations.

18. Develop scopes of work and contracts.

19. Ability to work well with hunters, ranchers and farmers.

20. Possesses first-hand knowledge of firearms, non-lead ammunition ballistics and hunting with an experience level that provides credibility to the hunter, rancher or shooter.

21. Present controversial information to a skeptical audience.

22. Translate technical/complex information into nontechnical/layman's terms and explain/communicate it or deliver briefings to groups of project personnel, managers, the general public and others.

23. Develop mitigation requirements for endangered species protection in environmental compliance documents.

24. Establish and maintain effective working relationships that foster open communications with individuals, staff at all levels, partner agencies, and other groups and organizations.

25. Demonstrate effective communication with print and broadcast media (newspaper, radio, and TV).

26. Present scientific findings at professional symposia and conferences.

27. Respond to Freedom of Information Act requests.

KSA-3. Experience in supervision, planning for and implementing fieldwork logistics with field crews, teambuilding and leadership in fostering safe work practices.

28. Hire, direct and mentor personnel for the development of an effective and highly functional team.

29. Supervise a staff of natural resources professionals, technicians, and field staff and volunteers.

30. Plan, coordinate, and schedule field biological projects.

31. Provide on-the-job training to employees, volunteers and other work groups in formal or informal settings.

32. Prepare annual employee performance plans and complete employee performance reviews.

33. Deal effectively with employee performance or conduct issues within federal and state laws and organizational policies.

34. Prepare and implement annual or multi-year work plans and budgets for a long-term monitoring or research program.

35. Use effective communication skills to foster teamwork, good morale and safe work practices supervisees.

KSA-4. Knowledge and experience working with endangered species studies in field situations and ability to direct field operations to be closely linked with research needs and protocols.

36. Record behavioral observations of animal species.

37. Safely navigate challenging outdoor terrain.

38. Capture and mark wildlife species.

39. Use radio telemetry to track wildlife species in the wild.

40. Acquire tissue samples from wildlife.

41. Use GPS to record positions of wildlife observations.

42. Collaborate with academia and other partners to produce professional and technical reports for publication in peer reviewed journals.

43. Has experience working with the federally endangered California Condor.

KSA-5. Ability to synthesize scientific data into technical reports and popular writings, secure outside funding through successful grant proposal writing and apply computer application systems to manage projects and programs.

44. Direct or oversee the management of scientific data (tabular or spatial) and information ensuring that data/information quality, security, preservation and accessibility are accomplished to established agency or other information management standards.

45. Prepare technical and nontechnical correspondence or other written work that in reply to written inquiries and communications from the general public and/or partner organizations.

46. Prepare annual program accomplishment reports or similar written reports analyzing data and summarizing accomplishments of project.

47. Adapt or modify writings to take into account the nature of the audience and the information being presented.

48. Prepare and provide written briefings, progress reports, or other communication products conveying complex scientific information to such as study/project status, findings, and recommendations to higher level management.

49. Use Microsoft Access to record, manage and report data, to perform analytical/statistical functions, and to track projects.

50. Use Microsoft Access to develop complex queries to answer questions posed by collaborating researchers.

51. Use Microsoft Excel to perform analytical or statistical functions.

52. Use ArcGIS to map animal distributions.

53. Demonstrate successful grant writing ability in both number of projects and amount of funding secured during professional career.