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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 (Plants), GS-404-05, 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.
THE RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.
For the questions below, 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 important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you obtained the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by the education, training, and/or specific work experience that 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. Use Garmin GPS unit to map vegetation or other features in a natural outdoor setting.
3. Use a GPS unit to find a location by foot in a natural area.
4. Download data from a GPS unit into a GIS.
5. Use ArcGIS software to make maps.
6. Use ArcGIS software to upload files onto a GPS unit.
7. Enter data into an established scientific database using Microsoft Access.
8. Use Microsoft Excel to create graphs for more than five different datasets.
9. Operate all of the following hand tools as part of professional work controlling invasive non-native plants: pruners, loppers, shovels, and hand saws.
10. Maintain hand tools as part of a professional team doing field work.
11. Operate gas-powered vegetation management equipment such as chainsaws, weed whips, or brush cutters in a professional capacity.
12. Operate a chipper in a professional capacity.
13. Handle and apply herbicides in a professional capacity.
14. Have a state pesticide applicators license (whether current or expired, in any state).
15. Mix herbicide according to label directions in a professional capacity.
16. Conduct field work under adverse weather conditions.
17. Conduct field work in areas that have high populations of mosquitoes and/or ticks.
18. Identify invasive non-native plants in the field as part of an organized project or course of study.
19. Identify plants using plant keys as part of an organized project or course of study.
20. Demonstrate knowledge of plant species in coastal and adjacent upland areas of the Northeastern United States.
21. Demonstrate knowledge of the ecological impacts of invasive non-native plants.
22. Collect native plant seeds in the field.
23. Demonstrate knowledge of common mammals, herpetofauna, and birds in coastal and adjacent upland areas of the Northeastern United States.
24. Demonstrate knowledge of the ecological processes of coastal and adjacent upland areas of the Northeastern United States.
25. Demonstrate knowledge of the ecological processes of marine and intertidal ecosystems of the Atlantic coast.
26. Conduct field surveys to determine vegetation management needs.
27. Collect vegetation data as part of an organized project or course of study.
28. Collect data on wildlife populations and/or behavior as part of an organized project or course of study.
29. Keep detailed records of daily activities as part of an organized project in a natural area.
30. Use a camera to systematically document field activities as part of a scientific study or long term monitoring project.
31. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to develop presentations or posters for public audiences.
32. Develop written interpretive materials regarding historic or natural features for public audiences.
33. Design materials including graphics and text for public audiences (e.g. flyers, brochures etc...).
34. Develop web pages or other online media regarding historic or natural features for the general public.
35. Lead groups conducting field work.
36. Facilitate the work of a team in a professional capacity.
37. Assist in coordinating the work of a group that includes people of diverse ages.
38. Assist in coordinating the work of a group that includes people with a wide range of experience levels.
39. Assist in managing volunteers as part of an organized project or program.
Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, narratives and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you form the position following acceptance.
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.
Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.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.