Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

U.S. Federal Government - St. Louis, MO4.3

Full-time
Duties
Summary
This position is located in Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training, Criminal Investigation Division in Saint Louis, MO. For more information on this office, visit their website: OECA Webpage

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

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

Responsibilities

You will:
Conduct, coordinate, and plan complex criminal investigations of environmental crimes varying in complexity and scope to prove or disprove an allegation in an objective, professional, complete, detailed, and timely manner.
Obtain search and/or arrest warrants through the use of sworn affidavits and conduct searches/arrests in accordance with established policies.
Lead or assist with investigations of complex organizations that may have a large number of primary and subsidiary activities that have significant scope or are nationwide in origin or coverage and actively work towards identifying, developing, and initiating new cases.
Independently 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 - 11-15 days per 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 physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
You must be a U.S. citizen.
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.
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.
You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security clearance.
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 must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
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.
You may have limited exposure to hazardous materials.
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 conducting complex criminal investigations of state and/or federal environmental crimes; developing and preparing operational plans related to the service of Federal search warrants, arrest warrants, undercover operations, electronic monitoring, and surveillances; and performing fact-finding to establish existence of essential elements of proof.

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

Knowledge in applying criminal provisions of environmental protection statues, laws, regulations and of the elements of environmental crimes and techniques.
Knowledge of investigative techniques, including laws and decisions relating to investigative procedures; search and seizure; and functions ad jurisdictions of federal, state and local agencies.
Skill in identifying and utilizing sources of information.
Ability to manage complex criminal investigations that have a large number of primary and subsidiary activities.
Independently 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.
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.

Education
Additional information
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 .

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

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

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

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).
  • 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: Special Appointment Authorities
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If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's website:

EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures
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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
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA .

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.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.