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Thank you for your interest in this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-04/05, position with Valley Forge National Historical Park's Natural Resource Management Program. Your response choices 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 selecting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. Please note that your responses to the questions below will be reviewed / verified against the information you provide in your resume / application package and information your references provide. (Note: The quality, type, and scope of your experience and/or training must demonstrate that you are fully qualified to perform the duties of this position.) MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave these question(s) 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.
1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best and most accurately describes how your education and/or experience demonstrates that your meet basic qualification requirements for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404 position at the GS-05 grade level. Read all of the responses before your make your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE.
2. Select the response below which best reflects your status with respect to having or obtaining a valid state driver's license as a requirement for this position. I possess a current valid state issued driver's license. Prior to entry on duty, selected candidate(s) will be required to demonstrate that they meet this requirement.
For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience, education, and/or training. Select only one letter for each task. If you select more than one response or leave any question blank, your rating as a candidate for this position will be negatively impacted. ATTENTION: For each question below, you must document your applicable work experience that demonstrates that skill level in your resume or application. This means, for example, that if you select the extensive experience response (E) for a particular work activity, your resume / application should document when and where you have gained extensive experience performing that work activity on a regular basis. Your application package will be reviewed to verify that you have documented your work experiences and skills. Your failure to properly support your answers to the assessment questions for this position in your resume / application package may have a negative impact on your final ating as a candidate for this position.A- I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this activity, but I am willing to learn.
3. Visually identify anuran and salamander species occurring in Northeastern United States.
4. Visually identify reptile species occurring in Northeastern United States.
5. Identify mammal species occurring in Northeastern United States.
6. Safely capture and handle amphibian and reptile species found in Northeastern United States.
7. Safely capture and handle mammal species found in Northeastern United States.
8. Collection of biological data from white-tailed deer to determine changes in population structure and health.
9. Conduct necropsy procedures and collect tissue samples.
10. Experience with use of automated technology such as data loggers to collect ecological data such as water temperature and soil moisture.
11. Ability to hike up to 5 miles over varied terrain in sometimes inclement weather.
12. Visually identify non-native plant species occurring in the Northeastern United States.
13. Visually identify common native plant species occurring in forest habitats in the Northeastern United States.
14. Experience using mechanical methods including the use of hand tools (hand saw, lopper) and power tools (weed whip, mower) to control non-native plant species.
15. Experience using chemical methods (herbicide applications) to control non-native plant species.
16. Experience growing plants from seed in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse or nursery.
17. Experience using mechanical methods to control non-native crayfish species.
18. Familiarity with safe handling procedures associated with the application of herbicides.
19. Ability to carry up to 40 pounds over varied terrain in a backpack.
20. Use of Global Positioning System technology to navigate to a location to find a sample collection site.
21. Use of Global Positioning System technology to map point, line, and polygon features identified in the field.
22. Utilize ArcMap Geographic Information System software to create maps depicting basic geographic layers such as roads, trails, and streams as part of a field survey project.
23. Utilize ArcMap Geographic Information System software to manipulate how a map is displayed such as color-coding sample collection sites by soil type.
24. Organize and maintain a computer database to input, compile, summarize, and display scientific or technical data as part of a field survey project.
25. Utilize Microsoft Access to enter basic biological data on wildlife and wildlife habitat.
26. Summarize ecological data in graphic and tabular form for use in reports and presentations.
27. Utilize Microsoft Publisher or similar software to create and present interpretive materials related to natural resources.
28. Communicate effectively with co-workers in order to exchange information and coordinate activities.
29. Communicate effectively with park visitors and volunteers, one-on-one or in small groups, regarding natural resource protection measures.
30. Train volunteers and interns on the proper procedures of collecting ecological field data and conducting hands-on natural resource protection and management projects.
31. Serve as a team leader for established long-term volunteer programs to control non-native plants and animals and/or vegetation projects such as native tree plantings.
32. Conduct background research and contribute to the preparation of technical reports describing and discussing activities or issues related to ecological investigations or natural resource management.
33. Develop and present basic information on resource management programs through informal or formal interpretive programs for variety of audiences that will educate and inform the public.
You will be asked to verify that you haven't overstated or understated your level of experience and demonstrated capability as related to the job related tasks and responsibilities of the position for which you are applying. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period.
34. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to the assessment questions above to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statements 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 the statement below will disqualify you form further consideration for the position.