US Department of Defense - Arlington, VA4.3

Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Office of the Principal Deputy Director
Security Integration and technology Dir.
CBRN Protection Division
CBRN Response Branch


Your typical work assignments may include:
Respond to CBRNE threats on the Pentagon Reservation and at select DOD facilities in the National Capitol Region.
Enter hazard areas to rescue victims, accurately evaluate the nature of the thereat, effectively mitigate the threat, and assist with the subsequent criminal investigation.
Interpret and analyze disparate scientific data acquired from state-of-the-art CBRNE detection equipment and apply findings to the criminal investigative process.
Provide emergency response recommendations to the Incident Commander necessary to save the life and property during an emergency.
Communicates assignments, organizations strategic plan, mission, vision and values to the team members, and identifies, balances, and distribute workload.
Identifies training needs and trains team members.
Respond to emergency incidents involving Improvised Explosive Devices, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and other terrorist acts.
Monitors and assists the operations of CBRNE Investigative Specialists as they prepare to operate in extremely hazardous atmospheres.
Conduct destructive, incendiary device and explosives determinations for PFPA and other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Uses expert knowledge of CBRN hazards, including biological agents, such as toxins, viruses, and bacteria, chemical warfare agents, and radiological sources, to minimize risk and accomplish tasks.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required
Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service, www.sss.gov
This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot Program
May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
Must be determined suitable for federal employment
Required to participate in the direct deposit program
This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
The employee must obtain and maintain a TopSecret/Sensitive Compartmented Informantion clearance.
You may qualify at the GS-13 level based in the below specialized experience statement:

I have one year of experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12) requiring application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized experience in: 1) applying knowledge of Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) HAZMAT laws, regulations, principles and practices used in the detection, identification, sampling techniques in order to conduct investigations and inspections; 2) applying methodologies, technologies and pertinent regulations to conduct decontamination operations,technical analysis, life-savings operations, evidence collection and documentation; and 3) applying knowledge of the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System in order to work directly with Federal, state, and local fire and emergency services personnel.

This position requires you to possess a valid driver license which has not been revoked or suspended during the past three (3) years.
This position requires travel away from your normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
This position is Mission Essential. Mission Critical employees may be required to report for, or remain at, work in dismissal or closure situations due to adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, or other emergency situations (e.g., building closure due to power outage) causing disruptions of government operations, and are required to maintain contact with their supervisor during any dismissal or closure situation unless specifically excused by their supervisor.
This position is subject to recall 24/7 and the employee is required to work shifts; days off vary.
The employee must work in all weather conditions, unpredictable terrain, and limited access with long periods of standing, walking long distances, carrying moderately heavy objects, climbing multiple flights of stairs, and crouching, all while wearing up to and including Occupational Safety and Health Administration Level A suit with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.
The employee must be in a constant state of physical readiness and must be capable of demonstrating maximum physical exertion without warning. Any hesitancy, reluctance, or inability to fully engage in a critical situation that requires full-unrestricted physical capabilities could have tragic, if not fatal, consequences.
The employee must have the capacity to perform essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others.
This position requires the employee to take and pass PFPA annual medical and physical fitness examinations; to participate in a bio-threat pathogen vaccination program (unless excused by a licensed healthcare provider); to wear personal protective equipment, i.e. self-contained breathing apparatus, etc.; and to pass all designated PFPA certification programs. He or she must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others.
The employee must satisfactorily complete job related training and meet physical health standards required for certain courses.
Retention in this position is contingent upon the successful completion and passing of all agency-trained requirements.
The employee must have the capacity to perform essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others.
This position requires employees to be clean shaven in order to utilize respiratory protection equipment. All employees must pass a mask fit test no less than annually.
The employee is required to perform hazardous duties in a dangerous environment involving live explosives and sample materials that may contain chemical, biological, radiological, and/or nuclear agents.
The employee may be required to utilize medical equipment and techniques to render life-saving first aid.
The employee must obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Hazardous Materials Technician certification.
The employee must satisfactorily complete job related training and meet physical health standards required for certain courses.

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.
There is no substitution of education.

Additional information
PPP PILOT: The Washington Headquarters Service is currently operating under an approved reengineered Priority Placement Program (PPP) pilot for all positions in its serviced workforce. This pilot is application based and current PPP registrants who are registered for activity codes 293A and 295A (regardless of the location) are required to apply to the job announcement via USAJobs in order to exercise their priority placement status. This pilot permits priority candidates to be assessed with other competitive applicants. Anyone claiming priority status must provide a copy of their PPP registration and supporting documentation (e.g. RIF notice, Sponsor's PCS orders, Certification of Expected Separation) at the time of application to verify priority placement and eligibility. Other priority consideration programs will continue under their current operating procedures.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Washington Headquarters Services uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application : https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php? title=Alternate_Application_Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Information Analysis
Information Gathering
Mission Execution
Technical Competence

For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the three quality categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. Qualified Category = Does not exceed the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Highly Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the Critical Competencies defined below. (This category must be met to be considered under ICTAP procedures) Best Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and excels in the Critical Competencies defined below. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret/SCI

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
1. Your resume may be submitted in any format

If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment for each position listed on your resume (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

2. Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service).
College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
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.)
Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program 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.)
PPP Registrants/Eligibles: Must submit the following applicable documents: 1) PPP registration 2) PCS orders (if applicable)?
Employees Serviced by WHS : Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through Washington Headquarters Services DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

Employees NOT Serviced by WHS : Must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).

You are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of your license or certificate in your application package. It is also acceptable to document your license number and the name of the licensing authority in your resume.

1. You must provide legible copy/copies of the following: DD-214 (member 4 copy), "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). The Statement of Service/Proof of Service must provide all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Veterans should upload their DD-214 once they receive it upon separation.
2. You should also document your complete military service information in the Veterans Preference and Military Service Section of the assessment questionnaire (type of preference, dates of service, date of VA letter, character of service, disability claim and rank and date of retirement if retired).

1. Disabled veterans, veterans, widows, spouses or the mother of a veteran, who are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide legible copies of the following: Applicable supporting documents as noted on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). To obtain a copy of SF-15, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov//working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/

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