Thank you for your interest in completing the Occupational Questionnaire. Your responses to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making preliminary screening decisions for the Biological Science Technician (General) positions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
Additional steps in the selection process are designed to verify your stated level of experience and capability.
1. From the responses below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes your basic level of experience and/or education. Select only one letter.A. I have six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience. General experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrated your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work. Specialized experience is assisting with conducting biological surveys related to wildlife or their habitat; collecting data on plant or wildlife species; controlling invasive species by mechanical or biological techniques; fencing, facility maintenance; taking or recording scientific measurements; and keeping records on habitat conditions in order to report data.
2. From the responses below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes your basic level of experience and/or education. Select only one letter.A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal Service demonstrated by conducting biological surveys related to wildlife and their habitat, collecting biological data on plant and wildlife species, controlling invasive species by mechanical, biological or chemical techniques; fencing, facility maintenance and other miscellaneous duties, taking and recording scientific measurements; and keeping detailed and precise records on habitat conditions in order to report data.
Knowledge of habitat management techniques
In this section, you are asked to evaluate yourself on task items (Questions 3 thru 32) using the scale provided. When marking your ratings, please do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. Do not give yourself credit for having performed tasks you have not performed. Additional steps in the selection process are designed to verify your stated level of experience and capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from employment with the organization.
Read each task carefully. For each task, select the ONE response that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability. Once you have a clear understanding of these instructions, please mark your self-ratings on the tasks in this section using the scale below.
3. Conduct biological surveys on habitat conditions.
4. Identify noxious weeds that may affect wildlife habitat.
5. Conduct vegetation surveys on wildlife habitat.
6. Monitor moist, native prairie, or bottom land hardwood habitat conditions to record changes.
7. Assist with waterfowl or bird banding activities.
8. Conduct biological surveys on waterfowl populations and broods.
9. Conduct biological surveys on productivity of wildlife populations.
10. Conduct abundance surveys for riparian bird species.
Ability to collect biological data
11. Gather biological data on fish or wildlife species.
12. Collect biological data on plants species.
13. Record technical data on habitat conditions.
14. Collect data on wildlife or fish species composition.
15. Use Geographic Information System units for data collection.
Ability to compile biological data
16. Compile biological data in tabular form using a spreadsheet computer program.
17. Compile biological data in graphic form using a graphic computer program.
18. Compile biological data in narrative form using a word processing computer program.
19. Compile data using computer programs.
20. Compile data using statistical procedures.
Ability to complete biological reports and maintain biological records
21. Maintain records on habitat conditions.
22. Prepare reports of biological work completed.
23. Write basic reports on survey results.
24. Prepare reports of chemical use application.
Ability to conduct resource management activities in a natural resource setting (e.g., mapping, surveying, seeding, habitat monitoring, maintenance on buildings, fencing, invasive weed management, prescribed burning, etc.)
25. Conduct private land restoration activities (e.g., mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, habitat monitoring, etc.).
26. Perform routine maintenance on public use areas (e.g., parking lot, visitor center).
27. Perform general maintenance on buildings (e.g., painting).
28. Repair, remove, or install various types of fencing or gates including electric, barbed, or wood.
29. Conduct invasive weed control by using mechanical, chemical, or biological techniques.
30. Mow using a powered lawn mower to control invasive plants.
31. Conduct prescribed burning and wildfire suppression activities for habitat management.
32. Monitor water levels for optimal habitat value, including operating water delivery and drainage systems.
33. I have assured my resume/application contains all of the information listed
under the Section titled: Required Documents.
34. Verification Statement: As explained in the vacancy announcement, your responses to 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 responses and rating. Providing false or fraudulent information in or attached to your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for separating you after you begin work. All information you provide is subject to investigation.
Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing below to this verification statement, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this verification statement, 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 verification statement will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.