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1
Which of the following categories best describes your knowledge and experience in the fields of population dynamics, stock assessment and ecological assessment?
I have taken graduate level courses in stock assessment, population dynamics and quantitative ecology. In addition to my course work, I was a project leader responsible for developing and implementing a quantitative assessment of the distribution or abundance of a fish, shellfish, marine mammal, or seabird. I have applied likelihood estimation methods and Bayesian analysis in a stock assessment.
I have taken graduate level courses in population dynamics and/or community ecology. In addition to my course work, I was a project leader responsible for developing and implementing a quantitative assessment of the distribution or abundance of a fish, shellfish, marine mammal, or seabird.
I have taken graduate level courses in stock assessment, population dynamics and/or community ecology. In addition to my course work, I assisted in the development and implementation of a quantitative assessment of the distribution or abundance of a fish, shellfish, marine mammal , or seabird.
I have taken graduate level courses in stock assessment, population dynamics and/or community ecology.
I have no education or experience in population dynamics, stock assessment, or ecological assessment.
2
How many of the following courses have you taken through an accredited academic institution as part of your training: marine biodiversity, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, fish ecology, marine ecology, animal physiology or bioenergetics, foraging or web theory, fisheries or natural resources management?
I have not taken any courses.
I have taken 1 to 3 courses.
I have taken 4 to 6 courses.
I have taken 7 or more courses.
3
Which best describes your level of knowledge (through formal education, work experience, or training) of more recent integrated, statistical catch-at-age models used to assess the status (dynamics) of fish populations, e.g., ADAPT model, Stock Synthesis model, AD Model Builder-based models, MULTIFAN-CL model, etc.?
I am knowledgeable of such models and have conducted two or more stock assessments based on them.
I am generally familiar with such models and have conducted one stock assessment based on them.
I am generally familiar with such models, but have no experience conducting stock assessments based on them.
I am not familiar with such models.
4
Have you made verbal presentations of research results to technical (academic or professional) and/or non-technical audiences?
I have made verbal presentations of research results to both technical and non-technical audiences.
I have made verbal presentations of research results to technical audiences only.
I have made verbal presentations of research results to non-technical audiences only.
None of the above.
5
Do you have experience working effectively with diverse groups that have different points of view on scientific issues involving living marine resources?
I have leadership experience working effectively with diverse groups that have different points of view on scientific issues involving living marine resources, and am often consulted for my scientific knowledge and expertise with this situation.
I have experience working effectively with diverse groups that have different points of view on scientific issues involving living marine resources, but have not had a leadership role in this situation.
I have knowledge of scientific issues involving living marine resources, but have not worked on this topic with diverse groups that have different points of view.
I have no knowledge or experience working with diverse groups on scientific issues involving living marine resources.
Grade: 3
1
I meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0482, Research Fish Biologist because I have:
Answer to this question is required
A degree with a major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work included: At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology , and parasitology; AND At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; AND At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0482, Research Fish Biology 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 (Research): 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 a Master's or equivalent graduate degree? See the "Qualifications" section for the definition of specialized experience.
Answer to this question is required
Yes
No
4
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
5
How many formal fish stock assessments have you been involved with in the role as a member of a research team?
Answer to this question is required
0
1
2
3 to 5
6 or more
6
What best describes your experience in classic parametric and non-parametric statistics, multivariate methods, spatial statistics, and modern analytical techniques applied statistics?
Answer to this question is required
I have experience in statistical theory and methods; and advanced coursework in statistical theory and quantitative biology.
I have experience with statistical analysis and quantitative biology; and advanced coursework in statistics.
I have advanced coursework in statistics, but little or no practical applied experience.
I have no education of experience with statistics.
7
What level of expertise do you have in spatial statistics?
Answer to this question is required
I have taught graduate-level courses in spatial statistics or made advances in resource selection theory or methods and have published the findings in peer-reviewed statistical journals or books.
I have a working knowledge of current methods in spatial statistics and have applied them in research that has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
I am familiar with selected methods in spatial statistics and have applied them to real data sets, the results of which have been included in dissertations or unpublished reports.
I have knowledge of spatial statistics gained from coursework or self-training.
I have no practical knowledge or experience in spatial statistics.
8
Do you have experience using a computer for quantitative/statistical analysis with any of the following software packages: S-pluslR, Matlab, and/or AD Modeler Builder?
Answer to this question is required
I am considered fully proficient in working with S-pluslR, Matlab, and/or ADModelBuilder.
I have used at least one of these software packages with assistance from others.
I have no experience with these software packages.
9
Which of the following best describes your publication record in scientific peer-reviewed journals?
Answer to this question is required
I have authored or co-authored five or more publications related to population dynamics, stock assessment, ecological assessment, or ecological impacts in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I have authored or co-authored one, two, three or four publications related to population dynamics, stock assessment, ecological assessment, or ecological impacts in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I have authored or co-authored publications on topics other than population dynamics, stock assessment, ecological assessment, or ecological impacts in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I have no publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
Grade: 4
1
I meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0482, Research Fish Biologist because I have:
Answer to this question is required
A degree with a major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work included: At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology , and parasitology; AND At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; AND At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the 0482, Research Fish Biology 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-4: In addition to the meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-3) or GS-12 grade level in the federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
Answer to this question is required
Yes
No
4
ZP-4: Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-3) or GS-12 grade level in the federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
Answer to this question is required
Yes
No
5
How many formal fish stock assessments have you been involved with in the role as a member of a research team?
Answer to this question is required
0
1
2
3 to 5
6 or more
6
What best describes your experience in classic parametric and non-parametric statistics, multivariate methods, spatial statistics, and modern analytical techniques applied statistics?
Answer to this question is required
I have experience in statistical theory and methods; and advanced coursework in statistical theory and quantitative biology.
I have experience with statistical analysis and quantitative biology; and advanced coursework in statistics.
I have advanced coursework in statistics, but little or no practical applied experience.
I have no education of experience with statistics.
7
What level of expertise do you have in spatial statistics?
Answer to this question is required
I have taught graduate-level courses in spatial statistics or made advances in resource selection theory or methods and have published the findings in peer-reviewed statistical journals or books.
I have a working knowledge of current methods in spatial statistics and have applied them in research that has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
I am familiar with selected methods in spatial statistics and have applied them to real data sets, the results of which have been included in dissertations or unpublished reports.
I have knowledge of spatial statistics gained from coursework or self-training.
I have no practical knowledge or experience in spatial statistics.
8
Do you have experience using a computer for quantitative/statistical analysis with any of the following software packages: S-pluslR, Matlab, and/or AD Modeler Builder?
Answer to this question is required
I am considered fully proficient in working with S-pluslR, Matlab, and/or ADModelBuilder.
I have used at least one of these software packages with assistance from others.
I have no experience with these software packages.
9
Which of the following best describes your publication record in scientific peer-reviewed journals?
Answer to this question is required
I have authored or co-authored five or more publications related to population dynamics, stock assessment, ecological assessment, or ecological impacts in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I have authored or co-authored one, two, three or four publications related to population dynamics, stock assessment, ecological assessment, or ecological impacts in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I have authored or co-authored publications on topics other than population dynamics, stock assessment, ecological assessment, or ecological impacts in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I have no publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
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