Investigative Technician (OA)

US Department of the Interior - Reno, NV4.2

This position is located in Reno, Nevada. Information about the surrounding area may be found here Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce .

This position serves as an Investigative Technician. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Special Agent in Charge (SAC). The primary purpose of the position is to assist in coordinating the planning, implementation, and oversight of the Bureau’s law enforcement program. The position supports OLES investigations, general law enforcement, drug enforcement, resource protection, and ranger operations. The incumbent serves as the central point for coordinating and performing administrative functions for OLES law enforcement management programs.

Major duties include but are not limited to:
  • Develops administrative support tools required to accomplish the work, compiles investigative reports with necessary exhibits, maintains required administrative reports on subjects such as manpower, caseload, case status, inventories, etc.
  • Performs additional administrative support functions, e.g. training requests, property specified management functions, serves as evidence custodian, etc.
  • Manages and assists in the development of computer databases for case development and intelligence gathering.
  • Inventories and maintains the OPR firearms inventory, responsible for ordering and tracking all law enforcement equipment and vehicles issued to staff.
  • Tracks and stores evidence.
  • Conducts searches of Bureau of Land Management records, automated systems and, as necessary, the indices of other Federal, State and local law enforcement or civil agencies for information relative to particular individuals or legal entities suspected of perpetrating crimes against the United States.
  • Researches and complies records, information and intelligence; analyzes this information for the purpose of development of investigative leads in criminal investigations.
  • Handles and prepares confidential information relating to matters under investigation which includes occasional exposure to classified information received from a number of sources.
  • Provides up-to-date budget information that assists the OPR Chief in managing the program's work accomplishments.
Physical Demands: The work requires periods of intense concentration while working with data, collection and interpretation. Mental stress may result from heavy workload, multiple deadlines and coordinating special projects. Overtime and occasional travel is required to provide assistance, during studies, inventories, and special projects and/or operations. Employee may also be required to work irregular or excessive hours needed to provide critical assistance to evolving law enforcement situations.

Work Environment: The work is usually performed in an office setting, but on occasion the incumbent may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions in connection with travel and work in the field.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel may be required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and/or field visits.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1802 Compliance Inspection And Support


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
Direct Deposit Required
Background Investigation Required
If selected for this position you will need to complete the Federal Information Systems Security Awareness (FISSA) training prior to start date (if applicable).

This position may require regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

This position requires a qualified typist, able to type a minimum of 40 words per minute.

LICENSE - You must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

This position is designated critical sensitive/high risk and requires a favorably adjudicated Tier 5 or equivalent background investigation granting eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance prior to appointment. This position may be eligible for a pre-appointment critical sensitive waiver at the discretion of the Bureau Security Officer. The Applicant(s) will not be appointed to the position or the appointment may be postponed, if security requirement(s) are not met.

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.

For GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as experience with administrative support in a law enforcement environment, experience with technical support, records search, automated information retrieval, correspondence both verbal and written, and analyzing critical information.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Clerical and Administrative Support positions. There is no Individual Occupation Requirement or education requirements for this position.

Additional information
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA#1: Knowledge of pertinent Federal statutes and regulations relating to the law enforcement jurisdiction and program.

KSA#2: Knowledge of agency internal affairs programs.

KSA#3: Knowledge of recognized research and intelligence gathering techniques.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Civil service employees must provide their current OPM title, series, and grade. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide .

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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.


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