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Career Appointments in the Foreign Service are covered by the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, which requires an applicant to be 18 years old at time of application and which directs mandatory retirement at age 65. Given this mandatory retirement age and the fact that five years must be allowed to achieve tenure in the agency, there is an upper age limit of 59 at time of appointment to the Foreign Service.

* 1.Are you between the ages of 18 - 59?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please provide your date of birth.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 2.Do you have worldwide availability?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Select the highest level of education you have completed in a relevant field of study.
  1. High school diploma/GED
  2. Associate's Degree
  3. Bachelor's Degree
  4. Master's Degree

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please select your field of study.
    1. Environmental Sciences
    2. Climate Change
    3. Natural Resources Management (such as forestry, wildlife, land management, marine fisheries, coastal resources)
    4. Clean Energy
    5. Environmental Engineering
    6. Water Resources Management
    7. Ecology or Biology
    8. Environmental Law and Regulation
    9. Environmental Management
    10. Environmental Medicine and Health
    11. Sustainable Urban or Regional Planning
    12. Wildlife Veterinary Medicine
    13. Environmental Economics
    14. None of the Above
  5. Doctorate Degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D., D.V.M., S.J.D., LL.M.)

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please select your field of study.
    1. Environmental Sciences
    2. Climate Change
    3. Natural Resources Management (such as forestry, wildlife, land management, marine fisheries, coastal resources)
    4. Clean Energy
    5. Environmental Engineering
    6. Water Resources Management
    7. Ecology or Biology
    8. Environmental Law and Regulation
    9. Environmental Management
    10. Environmental Medicine and Health
    11. Sustainable Urban or Regional Planning
    12. Wildlife Veterinary Medicine
    13. Environmental Economics
    14. None of the Above
  6. None of the above


* 4.Do you have relevant experience as defined below?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Select the statement that best describes your amount of professional work experience relevant to the position in which you are applying.
    1. I have less than 1 year of relevant experience.
    2. I have at least 1 year of relevant experience.
    3. I have at least 2 years of relevant experience.
    4. I have more than 2 years of relevant experience.
  2. No


Relevant experience is defined as professional work directly related to environmental sciences; climate change; natural resources management (such as forestry, wildlife, land management, marine fisheries, coastal resources); clean energy; environmental engineering; water resources management; biology or ecology; environmental law and regulation; environmental management, environmental medicine and health; wildlife veterinary medicine; environmental economics; or sustainable urban or regional planning.

* 5.Select the statement that the best describes your environmental degree(s) as described above, your overall environment and development experience, and your environment and development experience in developing countries or comparable self-governing and economically disadvantaged communities such as some American Indian reservations.
  1. I have a Master's Degree with at least 1 year of overall environment and development experience of which at least 1 year is in developing countries or comparable self-governing and economically disadvantaged communities such as some American Indian reservations.
  2. I have a Master's Degree with at least 2 years of environmental development experience of which at least 2 years is in developing countries or comparable self-governing and economically disadvantaged communities such as some American Indian reservations.
  3. I have a Master's Degree with at least 5 years of environmental development experience of which at least 4 years in developing countries or comparable self-governing and economically disadvantaged communities such as some American Indian reservations.
  4. I have a Doctoral Degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D., D.V.M., S.J.D., LL.M.) with at least 4 years of experience in environment and development of which at least 3 years are in developing countries or comparable self-governing and economically disadvantaged communities such as some American Indian reservations.
  5. My academic degrees and/or experience are other than that described in 1 through 4 above.


A complete application for this position requires the submission of five (5) professional references. These references MUST include at least 3 supervisors. Please enter the contact information for your five (5) references in the following fields.

* 6.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 1st reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 7.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 2nd reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 3rd reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 9.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 4th reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Enter the name, reference type, email address and phone number for your 5th reference below:
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 11.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience in designing and managing environmental and natural resources management programs in developing countries?
  1. I have strategically planned, designed and led environment or natural resource management programs in developing countries.
  2. I have led implementation of environment or natural resource management programs in developing countries by monitoring progress and providing technical oversight.
  3. I have assisted in the implementation of environment or natural resource management programs in developing countries by following expert guidance and existing policies.
  4. I have worked on environment or natural resource management programs, but it has been limited to domestic US projects.
  5. I have no experience related to designing and managing environment or natural resource management programs.


* 12.Which of the following sectors do you have experience in designing, implementing or evaluating programs or projects in developing countries:
  1. Climate change
  2. Water (any aspect)
  3. Biodiversity, wildland or wildlife management
  4. Forestry
  5. Environmental law or regulation
  6. Environmental engineering
  7. Environmental law or regulation
  8. Environmental health or medicine
  9. Environmental economics
  10. Urban or regional planning
  11. Clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, or energy engineering
  12. None of the above


* 13.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience performing environmental impact assessments to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or comparable state or international laws?
  1. I have led the undertaking and review of environmental impact assessments, including participation in the public hearings, and made final decisions on program policies and implementation strategies based on the results of the impact assessment.
  2. I have participated in planning, preparing, reviewing, and/or public hearings of environmental impact assessments and made recommendations to decision-makers to minimize environmental impacts and mitigate adverse effects based on the results of the impact assessment.
  3. I have received formal education or training in environmental impact assessment but have not yet gained work experience in planning, preparing or reviewing them.
  4. I have no education or experience related to performing environmental impact assessments.


* 14.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience participating in programs related to land tenure and property rights, particularly as they related to natural resources management?
  1. I have strategically planned programs, including developing policies.
  2. I have led the implementation of programs by monitoring progress and providing technical oversight.
  3. I have assisted in the implementation of programs by following expert guidance and existing policies.
  4. I have education or training related to land tenure and property rights issues, but have not participated in programs to address these issues.
  5. I have no education or experience related to land tenure and property rights.


* 15.In which of the following international environmental treaties, laws and regulations do you have work experience?
  1. UN Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
  2. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including Kyoto Protocol
  3. US National Environmental Policy Act
  4. Case law and landmark judicial decisions on US environmental laws
  5. Environmental laws, regulations and procedures of one or more developing countries
  6. None of the above


* 16.In which of the following international environmental treaties, laws and regulations do you have training ?
  1. UN Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
  2. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including Kyoto Protocol
  3. US National Environmental Policy Act
  4. Case law and landmark judicial decisions on US environmental laws
  5. Environmental laws, regulations and procedures of one or more developing countries
  6. None of the above


* 17.Select the statements that describe your professional experience addressing climate change.
  1. Identified drivers of climate change
  2. Increased resilience of people, places, and livelihoods through designing or implementing investments in adaptation;
  3. Developed Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) or worked on projects to transition to low emission development through investments in clean energy and sustainable landscapes
  4. Designed or developed strategies or projects that address Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
  5. Analyzed the expected value of the avoided damages against the costs of implementing the adaptation strategy
  6. Made final decisions on adaptation strategy and implementation
  7. Monitored the success of adaptation strategies during and after implementation
  8. None of the above


* 18.In which areas do you have professional experience independently developing strategies to adapt to negative effects of climate changes?
  1. Agriculture
  2. Forestry
  3. Water resources
  4. Human health
  5. Reducing conflict over natural resources
  6. Coastal settlements
  7. Small island countries
  8. Natural ecosystems
  9. Energy
  10. None of the above


* 19.Do you have professional experience evaluating a region�s potential for clean and renewable energy?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where in your resume this information can be verified (e.g., at which organization were you employed, what was your job title).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 20.Do you have professional experience evaluating a region�s potential for� energy efficiency?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where in your resume this information can be verified (e.g., at which organization were you employed, what was your job title).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 21.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience with drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in developing countries?
  1. I have no education or experience related to water sanitation and hygiene
  2. I have education/training related to water sanitation and hygiene, but have not yet gained professional experience addressing these issues.
  3. I have assisted in the implementation of programs by following expert guidance and existing policies.
  4. I have led the implementation of programs by monitoring progress and providing technical oversight.
  5. I have made final planning and implementation decisions, including developing program policies and strategies.


* 22.Which project functions related to sustainable water management do you have experience implementing?
  1. Providing access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene
  2. Ecosystem services
  3. Biodiversity and recreational/cultural water use
  4. Economic productivity such as agriculture, hydroelectricity, industrial processes.
  5. River basin management
  6. Marine or freshwater fisheries
  7. None of the above


* 23.Which factors have you taken into consideration when developing solutions to clean water access issues in developing countries?
  1. Government structure (national, regional, and local)
  2. Consumer expectations
  3. Available fiscal resources
  4. Available natural resources
  5. Sustainability of technology
  6. Vulnerability to natural disasters
  7. I do not have experience developing solutions to clean water access issues in developing countries.


* 24.Have you planned a biodiversity program to encourage community management of natural resources while at the same time supporting the community�s economic growth?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where in your resume this information can be verified (e.g., at which organization were you employed, what was your job title).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 25.In which areas related to forestry do you have professional experience?
  1. Wildlife habitat/conservation
  2. Biodiversity management
  3. Watershed management
  4. Sustainable timber management
  5. Certification
  6. Lacey Act implementation and compliance (legal import/export of wood and wood products)
  7. Public-private partnerships to sustainably manage forests
  8. Mangrove conservation
  9. None of the above


* 26.Which services do you have professional experience implementing and/or planning in urban areas?
  1. Electricity
  2. Sanitation
  3. Garbage
  4. Clean Energy
  5. Air pollution
  6. Shelter/housing
  7. None of the above


* 27.Which types of programs related to improving environmental justice have you planned or implemented in urban areas?
  1. Education campaigns
  2. Policy recommendations and advocacy
  3. Fiscal assistance
  4. Prevention of pollution and ecological degradation
  5. Promotion of conservation techniques
  6. None of the above






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