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Grade: All Grades

1 Have you served in the previous five (5) years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I authorize the sharing of my application for other similar positions from this job announcement within NOAA. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3

Have you conducted research on wildlife through field operations or on survey vessels?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience conducting field research on wildlife.
  • I have had experience or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have been part of a team assisting with field research on wildlife as part of my job.
  • I have carried out field research on marine mammal populations as a regular part of the job.
4 Which best describes your level of knowledge of statistical methods (including theory and principles)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited understanding of the theory and principles of general statistical methods.
  • I have a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of general statistical methods.
  • I have a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of both general and advanced statistical methods, including multivariate and non-linear statistical methods.
  • I have no understanding of the theory and principles of general statistical methods.
5

Do you have experience studying ecosystem components that influence the distribution and density of wildlife and how changes in these components influence wildlife populations and interactions with humans?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had experience or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
6

Do you have experience with creating data extractions and post-processing data using a large database?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had experience or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
7

Describe your experience applying machine learning approaches to the analysis of large ecological or biological datasets.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no training or experience using machine learning.
  • I have taken courses in machine learning methods but have not yet used these approaches in my work.
  • I have used machine learning algorithms written by others.
  • I have developed and applied machine learning algorithms for analysis of large datasets.
  • I have developed, validated, and applied machine learning algorithms for analysis of biological or ecological datasets.
8 Select the statement that best describes your experience in interpersonal and conflict resolution skills to effectively communicate, coordinate and work with diverse people or groups having opposing viewpoints? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: 2

1 I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0408, Ecology Series, because I have: Answer to this question is required
  • A degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences which included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
  • I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0408 Ecology Series.
2 I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1529 Mathematical Statistician Series because I have the following: Answer to this question is required
  • A degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
  • A combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I do not meet the basic education requirement for the 1529 Mathematical Statistician Series.
3 ZP-2 (GS-09 equivalent level): In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements, do you have at least one year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level or the ZP-2 pay band in the Federal service OR master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR an equivalent combination of education and experience? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4

Which of the following categories best describes your knowledge and experience in the fields of population or ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
5

Do you have experience assisting with statistical analyses of animal distribution, abundance, or other life history characteristics, using methods such as capture-recapture, distance sampling, etc.?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had experience or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
6

Do you have experience preparing data reports on wildlife populations?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had experience or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
7

Do you have experience assisting with or drafting publications for peer-reviewed journals?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
8

Do you have experience developing and presenting scientific information at meetings such as scientific products, stock assessment models, or analyses?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.

Grade: 3

1 I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0408, Ecology Series, because I have: Answer to this question is required
  • A degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences which included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
  • I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0408 Ecology Series.
2 I meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 1529 Mathematical Statistician Series because I have the following: Answer to this question is required
  • A degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
  • A combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I do not meet the basic education requirement for the 1529 Mathematical Statistician Series.
3 ZP-3: In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-2) or GS-09 grade level in the federal service? OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of education and experience? See the "Qualifications" section for the definition of specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Do you have knowledge of biology, ecology, and status of cetacean populations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have a thorough knowledge through several years of research on cetacean populations or several years of work experience directly related to cetacean population’s ecology, biology and status.
  • I have gained knowledge through at least one year of work experience directly related to cetacean population’s ecology, biology and status.
  • I have knowledge of cetacean population’s ecology, biology and status but no work experience.
  • I have no knowledge of these subjects.
5 Do you have experience with analysis of population data from vertebrate populations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed statistical analyses on data collected from studies of vertebrates to estimate population parameters such as abundance, trends, or vital rates (survival, mortality, immigration, and emigration). These analyses have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • I have performed statistical analyses on data collected from studies of invertebrates to estimate population parameters such as abundance, trends, or vital rates (survival, mortality, immigration, and emigration). These analyses have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • I have performed statistical analyses on data collected from studies of vertebrates to estimate population parameters such as abundance, trends, or vital rates (survival, mortality, immigration, and emigration), but the results have not been published.
  • I have taken course work studying current methods for the analyses of abundance, trends, or vital rates.
  • None of the above.
6

Do you have training and/or work experience with statistical analyses of large complex data sets (e.g. multiple data types of uneven quality or scale)?

Answer to this question is required
  • I regularly analyze large complex data sets in a research context and have derived new methods for integrating different data types into quantitative assessments.
  • I have analyzed large complex datasets resulting in a peer-review journal article.
  • I have had education or training on analysis of large complex datasets, but have applied such methods as part of my job.
  • I have taken university courses on survey design and sampling theory.
7

Do you have experience applying statistical methods such as capture-recapture, distance sampling, occupancy modeling, etc. to assess the distribution, abundance, or other life history characteristics of marine wildlife?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience in performing this task
  • I have had experience or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
8

Describe your experience developing, interpreting, and modifying original software routines for statistical analysis.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have used software routines written by others as part of my training or on the job.
  • I have used software routines written by others, including interpretation and modification of those routines for my own purpose as a regular part of a job. I have some experience authoring original routines.
  • I routinely create original software routines for the purposes of r reading, processing, and analyzing datasets. I am consulted by others to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
9 Please rate your experience communicating complex and technical program information, both in person and in writing to a variety of audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • None - No experience
  • Novice - I have communicated program information in informal groups or in meetings.
  • Intermediate - I have developed written material that communicated complex and technical program information with the guidance of a supervisor and presented the information to others within the organization.
  • Advanced - I have independently developed written material that communicated complex and technical program information and presented that information to audiences that included executives and/or interested stakeholders.
10

Do you have experience developing and presenting scientific information at meetings such as scientific products, stock assessment models, or analyses?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
11

Do you have demonstrated experience of authoring peer-reviewed scientific publications?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have been the primary author on peer-reviewed manuscripts published in scientific journals dealing with population dynamics, stock assessment, or ecological assessment.
  • I have been a co-author on peer-reviewed manuscripts published in scientific journals dealing with population dynamics, stock assessment, or ecological assessment.
  • I have been the primary author or co-author on non-peer reviewed publications such as technical reports, symposium proceedings, or agency documents dealing with population dynamics, stock assessment, or ecological assessment.
  • I have authored or co-authored publications on topics other than population dynamics, stock assessment, or ecological assessment in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
  • I have no publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals or agency technical or symposium reports.