Criminal Investigator

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time

25% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • This position is designated as "critical sensitive". Applicants must be able to obtain a Top Secret Security clearance
  • This position requires employees to agree to a Mobility Agreement. The duty station is determined based on the needs of the DEA and incumbents may be reassigned to different geographical locations throughout their tenure
  • You must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 36 at the time of appointment. IAW Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions; therefore, you must be appointed before reaching your 37th birthday unless you are a preference eligible veteran OR presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement retirement-covered position (after subtracting the years/months of prior Federal service worked in a primary law enforcement position, you must be less than 37 years of age). The maximum entry age limit was established under the age discrimination prohibitions contained in Section 15 of the Age Discrimination and Employment Act. In addition, the DEA may disqualify you at any time during the process should it be determined that you will reach age 37 before completion of the selection process is possible unless you are a veteran preference eligible.
  • This position requires attendance at an 18-20 week residential training program at the DEA Academy in Quantico, VA.
  • DEA Special Agents must be willing to work an average of a 50-hour work week and an irregular schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays with possible extended absences from home.
  • DEA Special Agents are required to carry a firearm while on official duty.
  • Title 18 USC, Section 922 (G), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position.
  • All non-DEA applicants must complete an initial Drug Questionnaire, Drug Use Statement, and take a drug test. Compliance with DEA's drug use policies is an essential requirement of the position.
  • As an applicant for a DEA Special Agent position, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment polygraph examination as it relates to the truthfulness of your application and other aspects of the selection process, regarding illegal drug use, criminal history or integrity issues.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed)

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 9 of the position that includes working with working with Federal Agencies on long term/complex Federal investigations, developing operational plans and determining investigative priorities of cases, developing and eliciting information from confidential sources (CS's), conducting surveillance, undercover operations, and raids and/or seizures, apprehending, arresting, interviewing, and interrogating persons suspected of violations of the law, and organizing evidence for presentation to prosecution officials and testifying in court.


EDUCATION: Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

In addition to meeting the above required Basic Qualifications, you must also meet the following Medical Qualifications, as established by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for the 1811 series.

MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS: The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Therefore, if selected, you will be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For information regarding accreditation criteria, please go to

FOREIGN EDUCATION: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet 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:


  • If you are currently employed, please be aware that you may be scheduled for testing during your regular working hours (i.e. midday/midweek), and sometimes in a short timeframe. You are required to be available to complete all assessment phases of the Special Agent applicant process. If you are unavailable to participate in the required phases of the applicant process, the processing of your application will be discontinued and your file closed.
  • If you are an active duty service member, it is recommended that you be within six months of completing your service before applying.
  • As part of the application process, you will be required to pass a Physical Task Assessment (PTA). The purpose of the PTA is to provide DEA with an indication of your present ability to successfully participate in the strenuous physical activity required during Basic Agent Training (BAT). You must be in excellent physical condition in order to pass the PTA. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you review the DEA BASIC AGENT PHYSICAL TASK ASSESSMENT, TRAINING & CONDITIONING MANUAL in order to properly prepare and successfully comply with the DEA Academy Physical Task Assessment requirements.
  • Should you reapply for a DEA Special Agent position:
    - Passing Written and Structured Interview assessment results conducted as part of a DEA 1811 application are valid for 2 years from the date of the assessments. If you fail any part of the assessments, you must wait a period of one year after the assessment date in order to reapply and be eligible to retake either assessment.
    - Previous Medical Examinations conducted as part of a DEA 1811 application will be considered current for 2 years after date of examination. A new medical examination will not be required unless there has been a change in your medical status.
  • You may receive less than a two-week notice to report to Basic Agent Training Class and must successfully complete approximately 18 - 20 weeks of employment as a Basic Agent Trainee, while housed at the DEA Academy in Quantico, VA.
  • Upon graduation from the DEA Academy, you must be available to transfer to one of the 22 DEA's Division offices, including San Juan, PR. You will be required to sign a mobility agreement, which ensures that you agree to remain available for transfer, either for permanent or temporary assignment, to meet the operational needs of the DEA. Special Agents rarely return to their processing office. Applicants should ensure that their families are prepared for and support any assignment location.
  • Limited moving expenses are authorized.

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

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional documentation and/or supplemental information regarding work experience will not be accepted or considered after the close of the job announcement. Information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

If you meet the basic qualifications for this job, you will be invited to complete an in-person multi-part written test battery. Only those candidates who successfully pass the written test battery will be referred to complete an in-person structured interview. Only those candidates who pass the structured interview will continue in the process for further employment consideration. The assessments are designed to collect relevant information on your eligibility, training and experience related to this position as well as your knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies in Attention to Detail, Memory, Flexibility, Teamwork, Problem Solving, Decision Making/Judgment, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Written Communication, and Oral Communication.

You must successfully complete and pass the multi-part test battery, structured interview to be considered "best qualified". All "best qualified" candidates will be required to pass a Physical Task Assessment (PTA) in order to be eligible to receive a conditional offer of employment.

Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to complete a medical evaluation, physical task assessment, urinalysis drug screening, polygraph examination, psychological assessment, background investigation, and final hiring panel review. Candidates must successfully complete and pass all of the aforementioned screening processes to be considered for employment. Failure to successfully complete/pass any of the screening processes will result in the candidate being disqualified and removed from consideration.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees and status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

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