1. Carefully read the following description of education requirements. Select the one answer that best describes your education. You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts.A. I possess a Biological Science Degree that includes at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, and at least 12 semester hours in zoology subjects and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.)
2. Carefully read the following description of experience. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-12-486 Wildlife Biologist, Federal Coordinator for the Partnership for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Make sure your resume supports the response you select.A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service level that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience could include: Demonstrated expert knowledge of herpetology science and conservation management; Demonstrated knowledge of herpetology policy, law and regulation across federal departments and bureaus.
3. Experience in planning and coordinating activities amongst Federal and State agencies pursuant to applicable federal and state regulations and statutes designed to prevent or mitigate impacts to amphibian and reptile resources.A. I possess the experience as listed above (please provide examples within your resume).
4. Experience in designing, implementing, and reporting scientific studies that address key issues of amphibian and reptile conservation management.A. I possess the experience as listed above (please provide examples within your resume).
Applicants who possess the following will receive additional credit on the assessment score.
5. Experience in applying herpetology theories, concepts, principles, and practices to the development, application, and evaluation of public policy.A. I possess the experience as listed above (please provide examples within your resume).
6. Experience in effectively communicating with and influencing high-level officials in policy making roles such as those in federal agencies, state and local regulatory agencies, congressional staffs, universities, non-governmental organizations, private industry, etc.A. I possess the experience as listed above (please provide examples within your resume).
For the questions below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The following questions address competencies needed to perform the work of this position. Important: The information you provide in your application materials must support the level you claim in your responses to the questions below, by providing details of your relevant experience and training. This is especially critical for each D or E response claim. If not, your score will be lowered.
It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skill 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 package 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. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statement, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
7. Knowledge of herpetology science and ecology.
8. Experience as a principal investigator in wildlife management or herpetological research or that has involved theoretical and empirical sampling and experimental designs.
9. Experience in research design, data collection, data analysis, reporting towards applied wildlife management or herpetology.
10. Experience in designing, implementing, and reporting scientific studies that explore the influence of existing or proposed laws, regulations, and policies on amphibian and reptile conservation management.
11. Experience as principal or co-author of scientific publications that specifically focus on applying scientific findings to addressing implications or alternative scenarios associated with amphibian and reptile conservation management applications.
12. Experience in assessing adverse and beneficial actions to amphibian and/or reptile resources and formulate recommendations to avoid, minimize and offset detrimental impacts and improve beneficial actions.
13. Experience in interpreting and applying herpetology theories, concepts, principles, and practices to the development, application, and evaluation of public policy.
14. Experience in interpreting existing legislation, regulations, and policy; and analyzing implications of proposed legislation, regulations, or policy to amphibians and reptiles.
15. Experience in understanding and applying the principles and practices of resource management, public administration, and public policy analyses to provide sound advice and guidance on significant and controversial issues related to amphibian and reptiles.
16. Experience in planning and coordinating activities between Federal and State agencies pursuant to applicable federal and state regulations and statutes designed to prevent or mitigate impacts to amphibian and reptile resources.
17. Experience in effectively communicating with and influencing high-level officials in policy making roles such as those in federal agencies, state and local regulatory agencies, congressional staffs, universities, non-governmental organizations, private industry, etc.
18. Experience in providing authoritative advice and guidance to diverse audiences on relevant Federal legislation and policies, guidelines, and directives related to amphibian and reptile conservation.
19. Experience in presenting information and findings about amphibian and/or reptile management issues, methods, and results of scientific investigations to staff, professional or academic communities, and to lay audiences through meetings, scientific seminars, and scientific and nonscientific publications.
20. Experience in developing and presenting technical assistance, training courses, computer based information delivery systems, and other educational and interpretive materials related to amphibian and reptile management, research, monitoring, assessment, and planning.
21. Experience in representing an organization in meetings, conferences, and interagency or inter-organizational task forces related to the wildlife or herpetological management, research, assessment, and application.
22. Experience in developing and maintaining effective liaison relationships with representatives at various levels within the public and private sectors, who may have differing opinions with respect to activities associated with amphibian and reptiles, including their habitats.
23. Work cooperatively with other professional biologists to resolve complex natural resources issues with the primary responsibility to provide pertinent information needed to resolve problems.
24. Experience in representing a federal or state agency at conferences or meetings with outside entities to present, explain, and support the agency policies, positions, and recommendations with respect to amphibian and reptile conservation.
25. Work positively with others in stressful situations to gain confidence, acceptance, and understanding of natural resource conservation and management.
verification statement - Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.
26. 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. 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.A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.