Weapons Armorer

Blackstone, Virginia
The hourly pay range for a WG-09 position is $26.51 through $30.94
Jul 29, 2022
Aug 10, 2022
Full Time


This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Service Contract (PSC) position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position "You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.

SERIES & GRADE: WG-6610-09


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing. 


Infrequent travel 25% or less may be required for this position .

DURATION APPOINTMENT: Temporary Non-Status Contractor Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years


This position is located in the Defensive Equipment and Armored Vehicles (DEAV) Division, Office of Physical Security Programs, Countermeasure Directorate (C), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), Department of State (DOS). DEAV fields equipment for the protection of life and property from terrorism. The hourly pay range for a WG-09 position is $26.51 through $30.94.


  • Performs a wide variety of repairs and modifications and incorporates manufacturer­ approved changes and adjustments on revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, pump action shotguns, semiautomatic and fully automatic rifles, machine guns, submachine guns, special purpose weapons, gas guns, and all related accessories and equipment. Balances changes to one portion of the weapon system with compensating adjustments and modifications at other points in the system.

  • Repairs and modifications may include installation and fitting of standard parts, reshaping standard parts, minor machining operations, gauging, and deburring. Makes modifications and repairs to approved weapons in accordance with the State Department Firearms policy and/or to restore weapons to factory-approved specifications.

  • Serves as an instructor in armorer-related courses or topics. Prepares audiovisual aids, manuals, and equipment needed during classroom instruction. Assists in the processing of DOS firearms being shipped to/from DEAV in Blackstone, VA.

  • Working under general supervision, makes weapons repair-related decisions in accordance with DS Firearms Policy and the DEAV mission. Incumbent is responsible for the proper use, care, cleaning, storage, repair, and maintenance of a variety of government property ranging from machinery and tools to weapons systems and vaults.

  • Assists in issuance/de-issuance of weapons, shipping, and inspection of received parts and weapons for inventory acceptance.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Knowledge of firearms operation and maintenance as it relates to the diagnosing of weapons problems and malfunctions.

  • Knowledge of interrelated mechanical systems to check, repair, and adjust weapons with only general instruction.

  • Ability to provide firearms instruction relating to diagnostics and Department firearms policy to government and contractor personnel.

  • Skill in the use of hand tools and machine shop equipment such as torque wrenches, specialty gauging equipment, minor filing stoning tools, vertical mill, engine lathe, hand grinders, precision measuring equipment, and other weapons-specific tools.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience checking, repairing, adjusting, and modifying a wide variety of firearms including revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, pump action shotguns, and related accessories and equipment.
  • Experience serving as an instructor in armorer-related courses.
  • Experience inspecting weapons systems and tools, issuing/de-issuing weapons, and shipping and acceptance inspection of weapons and parts.


Submit a detailed resume. Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 pm on 8/10/2022.  Your resume or application must clearly reflect the requirements of this position, if not your application may not be considered.  Applications, which are incomplete, not received by the deadline stated above will not be considered.  

All materials submitted will become property of the Department of State. For any questions, please contact DS HRM at 571-345-3767.