Explosives Safety Specialist (EOD) II

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Feb 01, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Full Time

  • Serve as the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Specialist responsible for the access, disposal, transportation, and processing of all types of US and Foreign ordnance.
  • Serve as the technical authority on US, Soviet, Warsaw Pact, and other foreign chemical, biological, and conventional ammunition.
  • Responsible for the set-up and operation of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Recovered Chemical Warfare Material (RCWM) sites/activities.
  • Serve as Quality Control Specialist (QC), Site Safety Officer (SSO), and Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for the organization.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Conditions of employment for PRP and Emergency Essential. Incumbent must be able to comply with the provisions of Army Regulation 50-6, and able to maintain Chemical Surety PRP requirements.
  • Must obtain and maintain a stateside driver's license within 30 days of employment.
  • Must obtain and maintain a State Issued Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with Hazardous Material endorsement within 24 months of employment.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Government driver's license within 30 days of employment.
  • Must be a graduate of a DoD Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Course (i.e. US Naval Explosive Ordnance School).
  • Emergency response and remediation activities.
  • Position is covered by the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Must wear government provided uniforms.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  • Must be able to use OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Position is Emergency Essential.
  • Mobility for temporary duty assignments both CONUS and OCONUS that may last up to six months at a time or longer.
  • Moderate to Heavy Lifting up to 50lbs.
  • This position has a TDY requirement of at least 50% of the time both CONUS and OCONUS.
  • This position requires pre-employment physical and an annual physical thereafter.
  • This position requires Information Assurance certification IAW DoD 8570-01-M, 12/19/05
  • Incumbent participates in Soldier Readiness Program (SRP), including quarterly preparedness activities, as necessary.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
  • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
  • Current Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
  • Military Spouse Preference (MSP) for Overseas Employment
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer
  • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
  • Reinstatement
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

GS-11 Requirements:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service which includes (1) disposing of conventional ordnances/explosives; (2) ensuring compliance with DoD explosive safety requirements; AND (3) performing emergency response to found munitions.


Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Safety and Occupational Health.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. The total must be 100% or higher.

Selective Placement Factors: You must be a graduate of a DoD Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) course (i.e. US Naval Explosive Ordnance School). This position also requires you to have a minimum of five to seven years combined military and civilian EOD/ Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) experience.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Ammunition and Explosives Material
  • Ammunition and Explosives Transportation
  • Explosives Operations
  • Munitions Risk Analysis and Mitigation

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-9).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 12 - Safety and Occupational Health position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • 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 .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/ .