Nuclear Materials Courier

US Department of Energy - Amarillo, TX4.2

Full-time | Part-time
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Summary
This announcement is to recruit for Nuclear Materials Courier positions for the future Candidate Training Academies. Applicants who currently hold an active Top Secret or Q clearance could have their appointment time expedited.
Applicants hired in: Amarillo TX, pay will be set between $46,572-$73,637

Go to this link for more information on Courier positions. https://fmt.kcnsc.doe.gov/OSTfederalagent/

Responsibilities
In accordance with 5, Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 410.309(a) any employee selected for training exceeding e.g.,180 hours must sign a written agreement to continue his/her employment with DOE. This continued service agreement (CSA) is required when:
(1) Training involves particularly high cost or other unusual factors, and the required service period (one year) may be extended by the Head of the DOE element or designated official with the concurrence of the servicing human resources office.
(2) A participant who fails to fulfill the terms of a continued service agreement is required to reimburse DOE for the percentage of the agreement not completed. However, the Head of the DOE element or designated official may waive the element’s right of recovery with concurrence of the servicing human resources office.

As a Nuclear Materials Courier , you

Serve as a member of a highly specialized armed protective force that is responsible for the safe and secure transportation of classified and/or hazardous materials including nuclear weapons, components, test assemblies, and strategic quantities of weapons-grade special nuclear materials. This involves the operation of Government-owned motor vehicles, including tractor-trailers.
Integrate many processes and methods in the fields of security; health and safety; emergency management; and law enforcement, including tactical operations to respond to a multitude of possible natural and/or man-made threats to the safety and security of sensitive, dangerous, and extremely valuable cargo.
Participate in security planning prior to trip departures; assess multiple issues and factors related to shipment security during convoy operations; coordinate with other Federal, state or local law enforcement agencies and first responders concerning the investigation of potential criminal or terrorist acts or activities that could be considered a threat to the mission.
Will be armed to provide the force necessary, up to and including the use of deadly force, to prevent theft, sabotage or takeover by unauthorized persons or groups. Respond quickly and effectively to environmental, resource, and safety and security issues that may arise unexpectedly in the course of mission operations.
Travel Required
75% or less - Convoy Operations / Training away from Home Station

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
01

Job family (Series)
0084 Nuclear Materials Courier

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements
Subject to Random Drug/Alcohol Testing
OTHER REQUIREMENTS for the Nuclear Materials Courier position:

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
Must receive a favorable suitability determination.
Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q security clearance.
Satisfactory completion of a training academy (approximately 14 weeks).
Required to carry a firearm and maintain qualifications on assigned weapons.
Under Title 18 USC, Section 922(g)(9), anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is automatically disqualified from being appointed to a position requiring the possession of a firearm or ammunition, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside, or the applicant received a pardon.
Must possess or acquire a valid State motor vehicle operator's license prior to appointment; have a satisfactory driving record; and complete the requirements for obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (Class A) during the training academy.
Will be required to travel outside the duty station on a regular basis approximately 75% of the time.
Occasional exposure to potential dangers from explosives and radioactive or toxic materials may occur.
A one year probationary period may be required depending upon the selectee's status.
Nuclear Materials Courier positions are designated as primary positions with special retirement provisions as defined in 5 USC 8336 (c) CSRS and 8412(d) FERS.
Applicants must be under age 38 at the time of appointment , with the exception of those applicants who have current covered service in an approved position for comparable special retirement or those individuals who claim veterans preference.
Must be able to obtain/maintain certification under the Department of Energy Human Reliability Program.
Be able to meet first aid training requirements.
Physical Requirements: You must be able to meet this requirement semi-annually: 1 mile in 8 minutes, 30 seconds or less and 40 yard sprint from prone position in 8 seconds or less.
Must pass a comprehensive medical examination and psychological evaluation and continue to meet these requirements throughout employment.
The OST mission is performed on a 24-hour, 7-days a week basis. All employees are subject to participation in both scheduled and unscheduled emergency response exercises and events.
More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
Qualifications
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7 or equivalent) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience that provided a knowledge of a body of laws and regulations maintaining and enforcing law and order, practices and techniques involved in protecting life and property. Law enforcement/military practices and techniques in performing high risk, armed, tactical/security operations.

Examples of Specialized Experience:
This experience can be obtained from armed security experience which could have been gained in the armed forces, Coast Guard, or other Federal, State, Local government or private organization which involved armed guard or armed-security duties on a regular basis.
Experience should have involved: protecting property against theft; sabotage; fire; damage; accident; trespass; maintaining law and order; or protecting lives, etc.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application.

Skill in maintaining established standards of proficiency with side arms, including maintenance of firearms.
Skill in securing and protecting sensitive documents (i.e. Classified, LES, OUO), equipment, material or information.
Ability to operate motor vehicles sufficient to maintain a high degree of driving proficiency.
Skill in operating mobile communications platforms and other special equipment sufficient to initiate and maintain required communications.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

The applicants’ and employees’ health must meet demands for performance in the position and for human reliability program certification. Before entrance on duty and during employment, applicants/employees in these positions must undergo a medical examination and be physically/medically able to perform the duties of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Failure to meet any of the required physical/medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment, except when substantial evidence is presented that the individual can perform the functions of the job without hazard to himself/herself/others, with or without reasonable accommodation. Vision: DISTANT VISUAL ACUITY- Uncorrected: Distant vision must be no worse than 20/70 in each eye separately and both eyes together. Corrected or natural vision: Distant vision must actually be, or be corrected to be, 20/22 or better in each eye separately and both eyes together; NEAR VISION ACUITY: Uncorrected: No specific requirement. Corrected or Natural Vision: Must actually be, or be corrected to, 20/30 or better in the better eye or when using both eyes. Must have the ability to distinguish colors (red, green, amber, blue, black, brown, and yellow) when as determined by an Ishihara Color Vision Test. Must have normal visual function in the full visual field; with normal depth perception and peripheral vision. Must be free from chronic or congenital disease of the eye, which would likely interfere with the visual acuity needed as an essential job requirement of the duties of a Courier. Must have intraocular pressure no greater than 21 mm Hg in each eye; Hearing: Must have no hearing loss greater than 30 decibels at 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz levels in each ear, and must demonstrate normal vestibular function by standard physical examination techniques; Respiratory: Must have no established medical history or medical diagnosis of respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to perform Courier duties, including no recent history or likelihood of symptomatic recurrence of chronic lung disease; Metabolic: Must have no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a metabolic condition likely to interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties; Gastrointestinal: Must have no chronic symptomatic or asymptomatic disease or condition of the gastrointestinal system, which would likely interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties; Cardiovascular: Must have no clinical diagnosis, clinical history or clinical pathology of the cardiovascular system likely to interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties. Must have no clinical diagnosis of uncontrolled or untreated hypertension. Blood pressure readings of 140 systolic and 90 diastolic will be considered presumptive evidence of hypertension; Nervous System: Must have no mental, nervous, organic or functional neuropsychiatric disorder likely to interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties. The determination will be based on medical case history (including past, social and occupational adjustment) and supporting findings by psychiatrists and/or licensed clinical psychologists, including such psychological tests as may be required as part of the medical evaluation. Must have no medical history or clinical diagnosis of a seizure disorder or disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of the cause. Must have no other neurological condition, which would likely interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties; Structural/Functional: Must have no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of rheumatic, arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular disease that would interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties. Must have no deformity or disease which would interfere with range of motion or dexterity, or which is severe enough to affect adversely the full performance of Courier duties; Speech: Individuals must be free from conditions that interfere with distinct speech likely to interfere with an individual's ability to perform Courier duties; Immunologic: Must have no life threatening allergic responses to environmental toxins or agents which could be encountered in the course of duties as a Courier; Genitourinary: Individuals must have no chronic symptomatic disease or condition of the genitourinary tract likely to interfere with the ability to perform Courier duties; Hematologic: Must have no life threatening hematologic condition. Must have no established medical history or medical diagnosis of a hematologic disorder likely to interfere with the ability to perform Courier duties.

TRAINING REQUIREMENT AFTER BEING HIRED: Selected individuals will attend a Nuclear Materials Courier training academy at Ft. Chaffee/Fort Smith, Arkansas. Travel and per diem expenses will be provided during the candidate training academy. Candidates will reside in a government dormitory while attending the academy. Training at the academy will consist of firearms, tractor-trailer operations, tactics, Federal law Enforcement Training Center, and other required field and classroom instruction. Candidates will be evaluated during each portion of the training as well as evaluated for overall performance. Failure to perform satisfactorily will result in termination from the program and from employment in the Federal Service. Candidates will be required to qualify on assigned weapons day and night, pass a Nuclear Materials Courier Physical Fitness Standards test on the first day of training, and complete the requirements for a Commercial Driver's License during the academy. Failure to meet any qualifications during the training will result in termination from the program and from Federal employment.

Education

EDUCATION:
There is no substitution of education for experience.

Additional information
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

THE APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS WILL BE IN TWO STAGES:
Basic Qualification Review process and Selecting Official Review process.
“Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified".
Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

MEDICAL EVALUATION PROCESS: The medical evaluation will consist of comprehensive medical examination and psychological evaluation as describe in the conditions of employment and Human Reliability Program requirements of this vacancy announcement. The physical fitness standard will be tested allowing for a 10% differential to the required standard. The physical fitness evaluations consists of passing the following within approximately 1 hour:

Run 1 mile in 9 minutes 21 seconds or less and 40 yard sprint from the prone in 8.8 seconds or less. Failure to complete or pass any of the comprehensive medical, psychological or physical evaluations will remove you from further consideration for the position.

Upon completion of the selection process as described above, the application package will be reviewed for security and Human Reliability Program (HRP) requirements. Upon favorable review of the security and Human Reliability Program requirements the applicant will be informed via a final offer letter of the starting salary and start date of the training academy.

If you are selected for the Nuclear Materials Courier position, please note, applicants will be required to be within the continental United States to perform pre-employment drug test, medical examination, psychological examination and security clearance interview and processing. Being in an overseas location during this time will hinder the ability to accomplish items above and impact your ability to complete the required pre-employment processing for this position in time for the academy start date.

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

Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified".
Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

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 .

The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. As a Federal employee, you will be eligible for health benefits from your choice of a wide variety of providers, long-term care insurance, generous sick and annual leave accruals with 10 paid holidays, a family-friendly work environment, flexible spending options, and a comprehensive retirement plan unparalleled by most private-industry organizations.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. Please click here.

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.