Canine Training Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Apr 13, 2018
Closes
Apr 21, 2018
Function
Trainer
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - *****


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


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  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Possess a valid state motor vehicle operator's license and maintain a valid license while you occupy the position.
    • Work in a moderate degree of physical exertion which includes lifting 100lbs or more and standing for long periods of time.
    • Work in an environment which includes high risks handling various forms of explosive material; handles, transports, secures and accounts for explosives in training explosive detection canines; and must be in continuous possession of explosives while traveling off-site conducting training.
    • Work long irregular hours and must be able to withstand unpleasant odors associated with kennel cleaning, loud barking noises, scratches and canine bites.

    You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $$96,970) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as: developing and delivering courses for advanced canine training methods as they relate to canine explosive detection and handling, and one of the following: canine patrol, emergency response (ERT) or special weapons and tactics (SWAT) canine teams; and conducting and reviewing follow up evaluations to ensure program requirements are being followed and met for canine procurement.

    AND

    Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:
    • Must possess an instructor certification from an accredited agency, national canine organization or civilian vendor in explosive detection and/or tactical canine patrol. You must submit a copy of your certification by the closing date of this announcement.
    • Must possess experience as a canine trainer at a Federal, state, county or local law enforcement agency or military mission.
    • Applicant must possess a current valid driver’s license. Please indicate license number, state of license, and expiration date.
    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) 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). 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.

    Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Mandatory Suitability Statement:

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Skill in developing training courses regarding canine explosive detection.
    • Knowledge of canine psychology and behavioral patterns to accomplish training objectives.
    • Knowledge of methods and techniques to accomplish training objectives and to improve the canine team.
    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) as determined in the job analysis. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis. 3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined in the job analysis. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. For information on veterans' preference, please click here. Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

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