Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Full Time

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:

The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions.  This position is subject to the hiring freeze.  Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

This position is with the US Army Geospatial Center (AGC), Security Office, in Alexandria, VA. This is a permanent position.

Competition for Security Guard positions is restricted by law to persons entitled to veterans preference as long as such applicants are available for appointment. Non-veterans/non-preference eligibles will be considered only after all preference eligibles have been considered.

This is a key designated position that cannot be vacated during a national emergency or disaster without seriously impairing the capability of the parent organization to function effectively. This position requires reporting and remaining on duty during all types of weather conditions.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • 10% Business Travel May be Required for this position.

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In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  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.

Experience required:

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.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: Responding to incidents; controlling access to a facility after hours and on weekends; searching and escorting various types of supply and delivery vehicles; performing security patrol and traffic control duties; operating radios to pass and receive information; responding to emergency calls and utilizing security systems.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Emergency Procedures
  • Knowledge of Complex Access Control
  • Knowledge of Security Policies and Duties
  • Knowledge of Security Systems

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.



Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • 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.
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • This position requires the incumbent to submit to urinalysis testing under the Drug Abuse Testing Program IAW AR 600-85.
  • This position requires the incumbent to pass a pre-employment physical examination as well as an annual physical examination.
  • This position requires the incumbent to submit to and pass a Physical Agility Test annually IAW AR 190-56.
  • This position requires the incumbent must qualify and remain qualified with the Individual Reliability Program (AR 190-56).
  • This position requires the incumbent to graduate from a local security guard accredited academy.
  • This position will require the incumbent to operate motor vehicles.
  • This position requires the incumbent will work nights, weekends, and holidays on various shifts.
  • This position will require work to be done in all kinds of weather.
  • This position requires the incumbent to work scheduled overtime and requires reporting to duty during all types of weather conditions.
  • This position requires that the incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  • This position requires the incumbent to carry firearms or other weapons authorized for their specific jurisdictions.
  • This position requires the incumbent to be proficient in the use of assigned firearms/weapons, pass an initial qualification, and must qualify semi-annually thereafter.
  • This position requires the incumbent to undergo and pass periodic medical exams.


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