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1. From the responses below, select the one response that best describes how your education for this Biologist position at the GS-11 grade level.
2. In addition to the basic education requirement described in question number 1 above, you must also select the one response (A through D) below that best describes how your experience or education meets the specialized requirement for the Biologist, GS-11 position. Select the response that best describes your education and/or experience:
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.
3. Knowledge of the Colorado River ecosystem in Grand Canyon National Park and associated flora, fauna, and physical resources.
4. Knowledge of natural resource management disciplines, including ecology, botany, wildlife biology, hydrology, and recreation planning, and associated concepts, theories, and principles.
5. Integrate knowledge of disparate disciplines within an ecosystem-based, adaptive management framework.
6. Knowledge of Glen Canyon Dam operations and associated impacts on the riverine ecosystem in Grand Canyon National Park or other comparable regulated river reaches in the western United States.
7. Knowledge of recreational river use (incl. boating and backpacking) and associated impacts on campsite condition, natural and cultural resources, and visitor experience.
8. Knowledge of invasive species (incl. tamarisk) and associated impacts on riparian ecosystem patterns, processes, and function.
9. Professional knowledge of the scientific process, including experimental design, survey methods, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting.
10. Design scientifically and statistically valid resource monitoring programs that involve multiple natural and/or cultural resources.
11. Develop and test scientific monitoring protocols to evaluate short- to long-term conditions and trends of flora, fauna, and the physical environment.
12. Assess and modify existing study designs and survey methods to improve relevancy, accuracy, and precision of data to best meet monitoring objectives and directly address management needs.
13. Conduct strenuous field surveys for extended periods of time in remote locations characterized by steep and rugged terrain, extreme weather conditions, and limited amenities (incl. ability to hike approx. 10 miles and 4,500 ft. elevation gain/loss in a day).
14. Collect field data using a range of different survey methods (e.g. area searches, plot/transect surveys, distance sampling, occupancy estimation, mapping).
15. Develop and implement data management protocols and training to ensure data quality is maintained through data collection, entry, queries, processing, and storage.
16. Use spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) and databases (e.g. Access, SQL) to manage large datasets.
17. Use a variety of statistical approaches (e.g. frequentist, Bayesian, information-theoretic) and methods (e.g. regression, model-building) to analyze resource data.
18. Use statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, R, PRESENCE) to analyze, present, and interpret complex datasets.
19. Use Geographic Information Systems to analyze impacts to resources and prepare resource maps.
20. Interpret long-term dataset findings to define and document the significance of resource conditions and trends.
21. Coordinate and implement technically, logistically, and administratively complex resource programs within a physically demanding environment.
22. Coordinate and implement a complex, multidisciplinary, large-scale, and long-term monitoring program that requires the integration of terrestrial, aquatic, cultural, and recreational resources.
23. Oversee a resource program that involves sensitive and complex issues that may directly or indirectly impact a wide variety of park resources and stakeholders.
24. Use monitoring data to develop and/or adapt existing protection, mitigation, and restoration projects needed to prevent resource damage, to restore and/or maintain features, and to minimize human impacts.
25. Prepare specific resources action plans and strategies needed to successfully manage and protect natural ecosystems and environmental conditions.
26. Develop work plans and schedules, scopes of work, cost estimates, and proposals and/or grants to justify funding requests and accomplish program goals
27. Maintain a complete administrative record for complex natural resource management projects.
28. Provide technical oversight and guidance to staff outside of supervisory controls.
29. Establish and maintain effective relationships in a team environment with managers, peers, cooperators, and the public.
30. Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public.
31. Skill in use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Mail.
32. Prepare documents that detail study design, survey methods, field protocols, data management, and other monitoring activities.
33. Prepare scientific reports and management recommendations regarding the results of inventory, monitoring, and research activities.
34. Prepare grant proposals, cooperative agreements, and other administrative documents.
35. Develop outreach materials for stakeholders and the general public.
36. Maintain clear and effective communications with subject matter experts, interdisciplinary team members, supervisors, and cooperators.
37. Represent senior management when working with others on natural and/or cultural resource matters.
38. Develop and maintain liaisons and working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public in order to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional management strategies.
39. Attend management and professional conferences and other events for the purposes of exchanging information, presenting technical and policy information, and advancing advocacy for park stewardship.
40. Make presentations in the parks, in public gatherings, and at professional meetings.
41. 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. Please take this opportunity to 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.