Natural Resources Specialist, GS-0401-09/11

$54,000 - $86,000 yearly
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Folsom, CA, USA
  • Jan 07, 2019
Full time Business Development Government Professional Services Research Science Skilled Labor Technician

Job Description

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Grade: 09

1 GS-9 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a full 4-year degree from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position.
  • I have successfully completed 24 semester hours from an accredited college/university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position and have additional education/work experience. The combination of education/experience is sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the professional duties of this position and is comparable to a full 4-year course of study.
  • I do not meet either of the qualification requirement statements as described above.
2 GS-9 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR possess a master’s or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B or J.D.) in a field that is directly related to the duties of this position.
  • I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  • I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.
3 Select the one response that describes your experience applying the concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training in water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations.
  • I have received training or education in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations but have not applied them in practice.
  • I have received college level instruction in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations and have applied them in an academic setting, during an internship program or infrequently on the job.
  • I have participated in water and/or related natural resources studies/investigations and my experience and training have equipped me to apply accepted concepts, principles and practices.
  • I have applied the accepted concepts, principles and practices as a regular part of water and/or related natural resources studies/investigations I have conducted.
4 From the following list of environmental statutes, please select those you have knowledge of/are familiar with: Answer to this question is required
  • Endangered Species Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Clean Water Act
  • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA)
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • None of the above
5 Select the response that best describes your experience with environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the ESA. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the ESA process.
  • I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Biological Assessment (BA).
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for preparation of the ESA component for the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
  • I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of the RMP and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD).
  • I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.
6 Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it related to implementing the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the NEPA process.
  • I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
  • I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EIS and the subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
7 Please select all documents in which you are proficient in preparing. Answer to this question is required
  • Environmental Assessments or FONSIs
  • Environmental Impact Statements or RODs
  • Integrated Pest Management Plans
  • Biological Assessments
  • Planning/Study Documents
  • Design Memoranda
  • Biological Opinions
  • Environmental Impact Reports
  • Categorical Exclusion Checklists/ Notice of Exemption
  • Hazardous Materials Site Assessments
  • Pesticide Use Proposals
  • Water Quality Problem Assessments or Management Plans
  • Preliminary Assessements, Site Investigations or RI/FSs
  • Initial Study/ Negative Declaration
  • None of the above
8 Select the one response that best describes your experience reviewing technical documents for consistency with other projects, policies, issue resolutions, agreements, and specific organizational guidance. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
9 Select the response that best reflects your level of experience communicating technical information associated with environmental compliance and conservation activities to individuals in various disciplines. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work and am considered an expert in performing this task.
10 Select the response that best describes your experience coordinating project activities through contacts with various individuals and organizations to meet project goals and commitments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. The project goals and commitments were specific to natural resources activities.
11 Select the response that best describes your experience with teamwork. Answer to this question is required
  • I work independently and have no team experience.
  • I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  • I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  • I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  • I have served as Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.
12 Select the response that best describes your experience evaluating land and water areas through resource monitoring and assessments to determine compliance with agreements and scientific mitigation measures. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have extensive experience and am considered an expert in performing this task.
13 Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing scientific data using accepted biological concepts, principles, and practices to identify possible resource damaging conditions and recommend solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have extensive experience and am considered an expert in performing this task.
14 Select the response that best describes your experience communicating technical information to individuals in various disciplines by developing analytical data summaries and informational displays. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. The technical information was specific to natural resources activities.
15 I am proficient in utilizing software data systems and applications (such as word processing programs, Excel and/or Powerpoint to accomplish natural resource management activities. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
16 Select the response that best describes your experience planning and implementing scientific projects through the development of project plans to meet project objectives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. The project plans were specific to natural resources improvement activities.
17 Select the responses that describe your experience in contracting for engineering, natural resources or physical science services. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written scopes of work.
  • I have prepared the cost estimate.
  • I have performed site surveys.
  • I have been responsible for contractor selection.
  • I have conducted formal negotiations with contractors.
  • I have monitored contractor performance.
  • I have conducted project or design reviews.
  • I have evaluated contractor bids.
  • I have performed inspection work and have accepted or rejected work performed by contractors.
  • I do not have experience in contracting for biological or scientific services.
18 Please select the one response that describes the level of involvement you have had in natural resource related budget functions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had education or coursework in budget or financial areas but have no experience
  • I am familiar with budget functions but have little experience working with budgets.
  • I have been involved in execution and expenditure of funds within a program area.
  • I have developed and planned a budget and ensured expenditure of funds.
  • I have oversight of others who have both successfully planned and executed budgets for program areas.
  • None of the above
19 Select the response that best describes your experience coordinating pest management measures by identifying and evaluating solutions and strategies to correct conditions and protect natural resources on public lands. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
20 Select the response that best describes your experience defining aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal populations through inventory and analysis to determine impacts of maintenance and construction activities. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have extensive experience and am considered an expert in performing this task.

Grade: 11

1 GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a full 4-year degree from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position.
  • I have successfully completed 24 semester hours from an accredited college/university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position and have additional education/work experience. The combination of education/experience is sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the professional duties of this position and is comparable to a full 4-year course of study.
  • I do not meet either of the qualification requirement statements as described above.
2 GS-11 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study that is directly related to the duties of this position.
  • I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  • I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.
3 Select the one response that describes your experience applying the concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training in water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations.
  • I have received training or education in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations but have not applied them in practice.
  • I have received college level instruction in the accepted concepts, principles and practices of water resources and/or related natural resources studies/investigations and have applied them in an academic setting, during an internship program or infrequently on the job.
  • I have participated in water and/or related natural resources studies/investigations and my experience and training have equipped me to apply accepted concepts, principles and practices.
  • I have applied the accepted concepts, principles and practices as a regular part of water and/or related natural resources studies/investigations I have conducted.
4 From the following list of environmental statutes, please select those you have knowledge of/are familiar with: Answer to this question is required
  • Endangered Species Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Clean Water Act
  • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA)
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • None of the above
5 Select the response that best describes your experience with environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the ESA. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the ESA process.
  • I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of a Biological Assessment (BA).
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for preparation of the ESA component for the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
  • I was responsible for development of the ESA sections in the final preparation of the RMP and/or EIS and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD).
  • I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial ESA teams in order to resolve ESA issues for EA/EIS efforts.
6 Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it relates to implementing the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the NHPA process.
  • I have completed the NHPA section of the Categorical Exclusion Checklists for projects.
  • I have participated in writing or have reviewed Cultural Resources Inventory Reports and evaluated findings.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in preparing the cultural resources component of a programmatic Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement.
  • I was responsible for development of the cultural resources sections in the final preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or EIS and subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
  • I have extensive experience leading several complex and/or controversial projects to resolve the NHPA issues for EA/EIS efforts.
7 Please select the one response that describes your actual work experience in environmental analysis as it related to implementing the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with the NEPA process.
  • I have completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists for environmental projects.
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • I have participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EA and the subsequent Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
  • I was the principal author or team leader responsible for the preparation of an EIS and the subsequent Record of Decision (ROD).
8 Please select all documents in which you are proficient in preparing. Answer to this question is required
  • Environmental Assessments or FONSIs
  • Environmental Impact Statements or RODs
  • Integrated Pest Management Plans
  • Biological Assessments
  • Planning/Study Documents
  • Design Memoranda
  • Biological Opinions
  • Environmental Impact Reports
  • Categorical Exclusion Checklists/ Notice of Exemption
  • Hazardous Materials Site Assessments
  • Pesticide Use Proposals
  • Water Quality Problem Assessments or Management Plans
  • Preliminary Assessements, Site Investigations or RI/FSs
  • Initial Study/ Negative Declaration
  • None of the above
9 Select the one response that best describes your experience reviewing technical documents for consistency with other projects, policies, issue resolutions, agreements, and specific organizational guidance. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
10 Select the response that best reflects your level of experience communicating technical information associated with environmental compliance and conservation activities to individuals in various disciplines. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work and am considered an expert in performing this task.
11 Select the response that best describes your experience coordinating project activities through contacts with various individuals and organizations to meet project goals and commitments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. The project goals and commitments were specific to natural resources activities.
12 Select the response that best describes your experience with teamwork. Answer to this question is required
  • I work independently and have no team experience.
  • I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  • I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  • I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  • I have served as Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.
13 Select the response that best describes your experience evaluating land and water areas through resource monitoring and assessments to determine compliance with agreements and scientific mitigation measures. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have extensive experience and am considered an expert in performing this task.
14 Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing scientific data using accepted biological concepts, principles, and practices to identify possible resource damaging conditions and recommend solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have extensive experience and am considered an expert in performing this task.
15 Select the response that best describes your experience communicating technical information to individuals in various disciplines by developing analytical data summaries and informational displays. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. The technical information was specific to natural resources activities.
16 From the following list, please select all those that reflect your level of proficiency in communicating natural or environmental resources issues. Answer to this question is required
  • Maintain contacts with government agencies, user groups, conservation groups and professional organizations to provide and receive information about natural resources issues.
  • Provide technical advice and coordination on fish and wildlife, NEPA, natural resource management or land and recreation management issues.
  • Participate as a team member in interdisciplinary work groups to prepare environmental documents.
  • Negotiate sensitive matters between individuals with divergent viewpoints relating to fish and wildlife, NEPA, natural resource management or land and recreation management issues.
  • Represent the agency’s views to others in formal meetings. Issues discussed are related to natural resource management, fish and wildlife, NEPA or land and recreation management.
  • None of the above.
17 I am proficient in utilizing software data systems and applications (such as word processing programs, Excel and/or Powerpoint to accomplish natural resource management activities. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
18 Select the response that best describes your experience planning and implementing scientific projects through the development of project plans to meet project objectives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. The project plans were specific to natural resources improvement activities.
19 Please select the one response that best describes your experience in recognizing project contracting requirements, in developing scopes of work and task orders, and in performing Contracting Officer Representative (COR) duties. Answer to this question is required
  • I regularly identify requirements, develop scopes of work, develop task orders, and perform the full scope of COR duties. I also monitor tasks to ensure they are accomplished within the timelines and budget.
  • I write task orders, progress reports and perform related COR duties.
  • I assist in writing task orders and provide progress reports to the COR.
  • I have received COR training, but have not performed these duties.
  • I have no training or experience as a COR.
20 Please select the one response that describes the level of involvement you have had in natural resource related budget functions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had education or coursework in budget or financial areas but have no experience
  • I am familiar with budget functions but have little experience working with budgets.
  • I have been involved in execution and expenditure of funds within a program area.
  • I have developed and planned a budget and ensured expenditure of funds.
  • I have oversight of others who have both successfully planned and executed budgets for program areas.
  • None of the above
21 Please select the response(s) that identify the professional pest control mitigation measures you have performed on the job. Answer to this question is required
  • Recommend appropriate alternatives that best satisfy environmental concerns with multiple use considerations.
  • Analyze pest eradication techniques and develop mitigation.
  • Analyze and interpret current usage in sensitive environments to measure compliance with environmental statutes.
  • Provide input to the organization’s budget for the pest management program.
  • Monitor work progress for compliance with short and long range objectives, and make adjustments based on priorities and funding.
  • Prepare and submit pesticide use proposals.
  • Other
  • None of the above.
22 Select the response that best describes your experience defining aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal populations through inventory and analysis to determine impacts of maintenance and construction activities. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training performing this task.
  • I have performed this task in an academic setting.
  • I have some experience performing this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my job.
  • I have extensive experience and am considered an expert in performing this task.

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Indicate who officially rated your performance (e.g., immediate supervisor, 2nd level supervisor, acting supervisor, etc.). Also, indicate your rating in terms of the performance system (e.g., 3 level rating out of a 5-tier system; 2 level rating out of a 3-tier system; Pass rating out of a Pass/Fail system). Maximum length of 250 characters.
     
  • No
2 In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Indicate the type of recognition received (e.g., monetary award, time off award, safety award, plaque, etc.), for what purpose, and from whom (e.g., supervisor, co-worker, community or government official). Maximum length of 250 characters.
     
  • No

Gary Munson

Qualifications

VRA- There are three types of veterans' preferences:Disabled, Expeditionary Medal.