1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic experience or education requirements for a Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-404-07, 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 FOUND TO BE NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.
KSA-1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of wildlife biology and wildlife management.
For each of the following questions, 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 essential 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.
2. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for landbirds.
3. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for ungulates such as moose, caribou or wild sheep.
4. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for bears or wolves.
5. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for small mammals.
6. Collected and managed wildlife data at remote field sites.
7. Organized and scheduled established natural resource management projects concerned primarily with research, conservation, and management of wildlife.
8. Planned field projects such as selecting site locations, sampling techniques, appropriate equipment, logistics, etc.
9. Recorded data collected and provided preliminary assessment and classification of the information.
10. Recommended wildlife management actions based on prescribed guidelines in existing management plans.
11. Evaluated and observed wildlife or natural resource conditions and problems and made preliminary determinations on the cause of problems noted.
12. Provided results to higher-level specialists for analysis with suggestions for protection, mitigation, etc.
13. Made field observations of natural resource conditions.
14. Provided advice, assistance, and/or training to students, assistants, or volunteers involved in resource management projects or field research.
15. Conducted long-term wildlife monitoring projects.
KSA 2. Knowledge of data collection techniques, including installation, operation, and maintenance of testing and sampling equipment, and laboratory procedures.
16. Installed, operated, and maintained tools, traps, and sampling equipment for field studies.
17. Conducted equipment inventories.
18. Installed, operated, and maintained photographic equipment for scientific studies.
19. Installed, operated, and maintained laboratory equipment for resource management studies.
20. Evaluated quality assurance compliance and calibrated laboratory equipment as necessary.
21. Ordered replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies for laboratory.
22. Provided logistical support and area orientation for participating scientists on research or field projects.
23. Operated and tested sampling equipment.
24. Recognized, recorded, and adapted to unusual conditions or data encountered in the normal course of field or laboratory work.
25. Collected, gathered, and recorded biological field samples.
26. Ensured adequate quality control of data collected.
27. Performed field and laboratory analysis of collected samples.
KSA-3. Ability to carry out biological/scientific work in remote locations.
28. Collected and managed wildlife data at remote field sites
29. Lived in a primitive, remote field camp to carry out field studies for up to 2 weeks or more (describe related experience in your resume).
30. Operated small motorized boats or sea kayaks (describe the type of craft and your experience in your resume).
31. Worked and travelled alone in areas involving close-range encounters with bears.
32. Worked and travelled alone in remote areas under adverse weather conditions.
33. Made field observations of natural resource conditions in remote field locations.
34. Hiked long distances through mountainous terrain with a heavy backpack.
35. Worked and communicated closely with team members on extended field trips.
36. Navigated to plots off trail over rugged terrain (such as snowfields, dense vegetation, and/or streams).
37. Travelled across glaciers/snowfields.
38. Performed highly strenuous activities in sometimes extreme weather conditions.
39. Prepared equipment for scientific field trips.
KSA-4. Ability to use computer software programs and equipment to collect and present data.
40. Used computer software spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Access, Excel, or comparable) to manage scientific data.
41. Summarized wildlife data in tabular and graphic form.
42. Utilized a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report resource management information, data, research, and/or long-term monitoring projects.
43. Maintained and organized computer databases.
44. Used word processing software to prepare narrative written documents, such as correspondence or reports.
45. Used ArcGIS equipment and software to collect field data.
46. Used Pathfinder Office software to process GIS data.
KSA-5. Oral Communication Ability
47. Worked and communicated with coworkers dealing with wildlife management response actions, such as bear management concerns.
48. Performed visitor public contact work such as at an information desk, visitor center, or similar work answering questions, giving directions, and/or resolving conflicts.
49. Provided information to the public about wildlife management topics to answer questions or inform them.
50. Explained the significance of wildlife management such as bear management concerns.
51. Provided logistical support and area orientation for contract or cooperating scientists.
52. Provided advice, assistance, and/or training to others involved in resource management projects and/or field research.
KSA-6. Written Communication Ability.
53. Performed literature research for wildlife studies/projects.
54. Prepared project reports, including descriptions of methods, graphs and charts, and summary of findings.
55. Developed effective educational and informational materials and resources on technical and/or scientific topics.
56. Prepared sections of wildlife management reports.
57. Prepared project reports.
58. Provided written comments on environmental assessments, resource management plan reviews, planning documents, etc.
59. Provided preliminary analysis and classification of wildlife data collected.
60. Prepared reports related to wildlife management.
61. Prepared plans, and/or written study guidelines related to wildlife management.
New Scale: For each of the wildlife species named in the following questions, select from A through E below to indicate your level of knowledge/experience (also describe in your experience - the type and level of experience must be supported in your resume).A- I have no knowledge, training, or experience with this wildlife species.
65. Other birds
66. Small mammals
69. Other wildlife not described above
70. VERIFICATION STATEMENT: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency.
Please review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.