Drug Testing Technician

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

A Leader in the D.C. Criminal Justice Community!

The mission of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia is to promote pretrial justice and enhance community safety.

As a Federal Agency, PSA focuses on thriving as a leader within the justice system through a diverse, inclusive and empowered workforce that embodies integrity, excellence, accountability, and innovation in the delivery of the highest quality services.

If you have great people skills and interested in learning and applying drug testing procedures, this job is for you! You will be a valued team member in the Drug Testing and Compliance Unit. This work involves working with defendants, offenders or respondents being tested, performing intake activities, verfying information and explaining testing procedures.

A candidate appointed at a lower grade level may be promoted up to the full performance level without further competition.


Bargaining Unit Status: Covered

Location: Office of Operations
Drug Testing and Compliance & Quality Management Program
Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC 20004

HOURS: The incumbent of this position will be required to work in shifts or at unusual hours, including nights, weekend and holiday.

This is a law enforcement position.


If Law Enforcement - Maximum Entry Age: This position is covered under the special provision for law enforcement retirement. By law, applicants for such law enforcement positions must be between 21 and 37 years old to be considered for initial appointment (that is, first appointment to a federal law enforcement position). The maximum age for entry on duty in a law enforcement covered position is the date immediately proceeding the applicant's 37th birthday except for veterans' preference eligibles.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • R?sum? and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic professional requirements and the specialized experience requirements below:

    To qualify at the GL-5: You must have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, psychology, social work or a related field; OR

    One year of specialized experience related to the duties of the position that was comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GL-4 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as explaining drug testing or medical procedures, reviewing confidential information and the input of data into computer system. OR

    Combination of education and specialized experience as described above. (To qualify on this basis, you must have completed more than 60 semester hours of undergraduate education. Education beyond 60 semester hours is counted toward this requirement at a rate of 30 semester hours, or equivalent, for 6 months of specialized experience.)

    NOTE: Your resume must clearly show the specialized experience related to this position. Failure to demonstrate how you possess the experience requirements will result in an "Ineligible" rating.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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

    All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation, and required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Completion of a one-year probationary period is required, if not already completed.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    The incumbent of this position serves as a Drug Testing Technician in the Drug Testing and Compliance Unit. He/she:

    1. Monitor submission of urine samples by defendants, offenders or respondents under court and post-sentence orders for drug testing and ensures effective maintenance of chain of custody procedures for samples.

    2. Take photographs, verifies addresses and updates information in automated systems.

    3. Explain drug testing procedures and distributes collection materials to individuals.

    4. Input information into the Pretrial Real-Time Information System Manager (PRISM).

    5. Apply rules and policies on confidentiality and release of protected information.

    6. Perform other duties as assigned.

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