Intelligence Research Specialist
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
- Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)
- You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
- You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
- Analyzing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection data from a variety of sources;
- Coordinating intelligence collection in support of tactical, operational, and strategic priorities;
- Identifying and anticipating intelligence information shortfalls; and
- Participating in intelligence work groups to enhance information flow in accordance with customer requirements.
You qualify for the GS-13 level if have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
- Creating intelligence products derived from data collected by electro-optical, infra-red, and synthetic aperture radar systems;
- Evaluating incoming intelligence from Full Motion Video Analyst (FMVA) resources;
- Developing all source imagery intelligence products in support of tactical, strategic, and operational stakeholders; and
- Providing briefings and details of operational overviews to senior officials both internal and external to the organization.
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.
- Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
- Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 02/28/2019.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. . For more information visit this link.
Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:
- Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
- Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
- Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
Drug Testing: This job has been identified as "testing designated" under the Drug-Free Workplace Program. You must satisfactorily complete a drug test prior to being hired. The agency will schedule, provide and pay for the drug test. Once onboard, you will be subject to random drug
Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under a bargaining unit
Security Clearance: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/ SCI Clearance
Travel: Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis
Shift Work: You may be subject to 24/7 shift work
Intelligence Research Specialist Training: You may be required to attend approximately 11 weeks of training at a location to be determined at the time training is scheduled. This training may be broke up into two phases and not run concurrently. The training is a formalized course of required basic technical instruction that must be successfully completed according to the standards of Customs and Border Protection, CBP.
Special Appointing Authority: Veterans, military spouses, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand what documentation would be required with your application, please click on the appropriate link below. You must provide documentation supporting your eligibility prior to the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the CBP Hiring Center via the contact information listed at the end of this job opportunity announcement.
- Military spouses Applicants Please Note: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 abolished the time limitation on eligibility for relocating spouses of the Armed Forces.
- Individuals with Disabilities The proof of disability documentation must specify that you are eligible to apply using Schedule A. It does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation. For more information visit this link.
- Peace Corps/VISTA
- Other miscellaneous hiring authorities
Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim (and provide supporting documentation) based on the responses provided in the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10428265
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an online self-assessment questionnaire based on the competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10428265
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAO's):
Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAO's) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAO's in an online job questionnaire.
The KSAO's are:
- Knowledge of a full range of concepts, principles, and practices in intelligence collection management practices.
- Ability to process, exploit, and disseminate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data collected by manned and unmanned platforms.
- Ability to employ intelligence collection methods, problems solving techniques, and/or data analysis to assist analysts in making
- Ability to implement collection management programs in support of all-source intelligence analysis to produce program goals, objectives, and evaluate program outcomes and tasking programs.
- Skilled in effectively communicating internally and externally to the organization.