Special Police Officer

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2023
Feb 04, 2023
Full Time

The incumbent will:
  • Denies admission to undesirable or unauthorized persons, prevents unauthorized removal of National Gallery property, answers inquiries from visitors and aids persons in distress.
  • Serves at stationary posts or patrols heavily trafficked public areas or locations that are vulnerable to crimes against persons, theft, vandalism and other damage.
  • Possess knowledge of emergency alarms and fire procedures.
  • Knowledge of First aid and CPR.
  • Knowledge of pertinent laws relating to arrests, arrest authority and procedures, search, seizure and detention of persons.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to maintain a pleasant and tactful manner towards coworkers, Gallery staff, supervisors, and the public at all times.


Conditions of Employment

  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain the ability to carry a firearm.
  • Possess and maintain a valid state drivers license
  • Veterans have preference

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-0085-6. Candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent in responsibility to the federal GS-5 level, as a security officer.

Your application and resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must show in your résumé how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. If asked to do so, 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!

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates.
  • Ability to maintain the physical security of a building and its content and visitors.
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and how to apply them.
  • Skill in communicating with peers, management and the public.

    • Incumbent is required to qualify annually (at a minimum) with the standard firearm. Failure to re-qualify will result in removal from the position.
    • All applicants appointed to Law Enforcement positions must attend and successfully complete NGA training program. Applicants who fail to successfully meet this requirement will be subject to termination.
    • You must not have a history of domestic violence or child abuse/sexual abuse.
    • You must be able to become Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid qualified and have the ability to read and understand written material in language of the security force.
    • Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence is not eligible for the position.

    "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.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.