Full Job Description
Tactical Operations Division, Springfield, VA.
The selectee of this position serves as a Training Specialist (Explosives/Tactical Canine You will be the principal Canine Trainer (Course Developer) for Explosives Detection and Tactical Canine Operations Programs.
As a Training Specialist (Explosives/Tactical Canine at the GS-1712-13 level, some of your typical work assignments may include:
Providing definitive and authoritative canine technical advice and training to USMS Explosives Detection and Tactical Operation canines and their handlers.
Conducting complex studies, analyses, special projects, etc. related to canine training activities.
Participating in the planning, designing, developing, and reviewing technical courses for all types of canine related training courses.
Serving as an explosives/tactical canine instructor for technical subjects in classroom and field exercise.
Conducting and overseeing initial testing of canines for capabilities, behavioral suitability, and physical traits.
Developing training aids (e.g. audio/video, CD-ROM) for training programs.
Preparing a variety of analytical reports that assist ongoing USMS Canine Operations Program related efforts.
Leading, participating, and coordinating USMS Canine In-Service training, seminars, conferences, and briefings.
50% or less - Extensive travel is required.
Job family (Series)
1712 Training Instruction
Conditions of Employment
Must pass a pre-employment security investigation and drug screening.
This is a Testing Designated Position and is subject to random drug testing.
May be required to successfully complete a trial/probationary period.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Required to obtain and maintain certification as a Federal law Enforcement Training Accreditation(FLETA) Instructor.
Physical Examination is required. Work requires occasional heavy lifting (in excess of 45 pounds),working in inclement weather, and the ability to demonstrate physical agility.
GS-13 TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 grade level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT: You must meet one of the following:
Education: You must have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree, Master's degree, or equivalent graduate degree in a subject area related to the position to be filled. Such subject areas may include law enforcement, criminology, police science, public administration, and education. You must submit transcripts to verify you meet this requirement.
Specialized Experience: You must have experience that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s).
Supervising or administering a training program.
Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results.
Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis.
ADDITIONAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the individual occupational requirement described above, you must have the required amount of specialized experience to be considered minimally qualified for the grade level for which you wish to be considered.
You may qualify at the GS-1712-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualifications:
One year of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing duties such as: 1) Developing training materials related to canine coursework; 2.) Serving as an explosives/tactical canine instructor in a classroom and field setting; 3.) Providing canine technical advice and training to canines and their handlers; and 4.) Preparing a variety of analytical reports.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience
ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY?
Education must be from an accredited school or institution. Please refer to the following website to locate your school and/ or institution https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx
You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirements for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
Applications will not be accepted if submitted using Government franked envelopes.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:
Recruitment incentive may be authorized
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and incentive awards submitted with your application will be available to the selecting official for review and consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Education and Training
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents (Applicants should ensure that their personally identifiable information (PII) is protected.):
Cover Letter, optional
College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
Copy of most recent performance appraisal with supervisor's signature showing the official final rating of record. In cases where the performance appraisal is incomplete or unavailable, applicants may provide an explanation of the reasons (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service).
Copy of SF-50 reflecting award received (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service).
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
Career Transition Assistance Program(CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program(ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Land & base management
Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Clarification from the agency
You may apply if you are a current or former career/career conditional Federal employee with competitive status, VEOA eligible, or are eligible for a non-competitive hiring authority (i.e. 30% or more Compensable Veterans, reinstatement eligibles, interchange agreements, etc.).