Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

US Other Agencies and Independent Organizations - New York, NY

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary

This position is in Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training (OCEFT), Criminal Investigations Division (CID). If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About OECA: OECA Webpage

The salary shown includes Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP).

Responsibilities

You will:
Coordinate criminal investigations of extreme complexity and scope and often must piece together evidence that comes from other investigators stationed throughout the nation.
Obtain search and/or arrest warrants through the use of sworn affidavits and conduct searches/arrests in accordance with established policies.
Serves as coordinator in assignments involving the utilization of undercover agents, electronic monitoring, and physical surveillance that may require the penetration of close-knit groups over extended periods of time.
Conduct complex, technical, and thorough interviews while effectively and accurately documenting/recording the activity by completing investigative reports to recommend course of enforcement action to prosecute and deter criminal violations of environmental statues based on investigative findings.
Participate in grand jury investigations of potential criminal actions and serves as a special agent of the grand jury by recommending and maintaining responsibility of grand jury evidence, testifying as a government witness in court, and assist with trial preparations.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be required to travel up to 50% of each month.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Job family (Series)

1811 Criminal Investigation

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
See requirements under Qualifications Section.
Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
You must be a U.S. citizen.
You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).

You will be required to obtain (before coming on board) and maintain a valid driver’s license and must be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

Participation in the medical monitoring program is required.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security clearance.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

This position requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Qualifications

Criminal Investigators - Special Provisions

Medical Requirements: You must be found to be physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties.
Age Requirements: You must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 36 at the time of appointment. In accordance with PL 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirements provisions; therefore, you must be appointed before reaching your 37th birthday unless you presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement retirement-covered position.
Basic Agent Training Requirements: You must successfully complete and pass the required Basic Agent Training Program. Failure to pass the training program will result in separation from EPA.
Law Enforcement Training: You must successfully complete the 9-week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Basic Criminal Investigator training program and the 8-week Environmental Investigations Basic training program at Glynco, GA. You must pass the training program on the first attempt or you will be removed from this position and failure may result in separation from the Agency. You are exempt from this training if you have previously completed the program.
You must meet qualifications to carry a firearm. Lautenberg Notice: Title 18 USC, Section 911 (g), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position. You must not have been convicted of a felony crime.
Work Schedule: The hours are long and irregular. You must be available at all times, to include holidays. You may also be sent on extended temporary duty station assignments away from your assigned office. You may be reassigned to different duty locations throughout the U.S. based on the needs of the Agency.
You must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.

You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as experience leading criminal investigations within a multi-state geographical area of responsibility; providing leadership to less experienced Special Agents and/or a team on conducting criminal investigations; and presenting investigative activity to various audiences such as internal/external customers, the grand jury, and/or other law enforcement agencies.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Knowledge of criminal provisions of environmental protection statutes, laws and regulations to inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance work.
Knowledge of what constitutes a crime or violation as defined in pertinent statutes, including Title 18 of the U.S. Code and statutes with antifraud or similar criminal penalties.
Knowledge of investigative procedures and methods to establish violations of criminal laws when evidence is willfully concealed and critical witnesses difficult to locate.
Knowledge of decisions and precedential cases involving admissibility of evidence, search and seizure, and arrest authority.
Ability to manage complex criminal investigations that have a large number of primary and subsidiary activities.
Skill in effective written communications to draft clear and complete investigative activity reports, search and arrests warrants, field operational plans, requests for prosecutorial assistance and other documents
Skill in planning and managing large-scale and/or multi-jurisdictional investigations where methods are subject to changing legal admissibility.
Skill in oral communications to clearly present investigative activity and results, highlight substantive reports, and make presentations.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

Education

Additional information

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment 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. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test required

Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:
  • Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
  • Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
  • College transcripts - if qualifying for this position based on education or a combination of experience and education, you are required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned. NOTE: Official educational transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if you are selected, you must provide official transcripts before you start work with EPA.
  • Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
  • Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
  • Current and Former Federal Employees: You are required to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating your status eligibility. This SF-50 should include your Position Title, Pay Plan, Occupational Code, and Grade or Level. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a status Federal position, you need to submit your SF-50 which shows your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
  • Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in eOPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
  • If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you'll need to submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy announcement. If you want to learn more about noncompetitive appointments, visit OPM's website:
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If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's website:

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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits

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