Biologist (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Oct 12, 2020
Oct 19, 2020
Full Time


Do you have a passion for public service? The United States Secret Service (USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations.

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The Secret Service is looking for talented individuals to:
  • Provide overall program and project planning, coordination, management, and quality assurance for interrelated technical areas including, but not limited to:
    • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection and countermeasures;
    • Infrastructure protection;
    • Protective equipment for CBRNE safety

· Serve as a senior scientist on specialized projects and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in developing, formulating, planning, managing, directing and executing operational programs, thus promoting best practices and enhancing the agency's investigative and protective missions;

· Develop, test, and evaluate tools, systems and protocols for the detection, containment and disposition of CBRNE materials;

· Participate in interagency ad-hoc working groups for CBRNE detection and protection protocols;

· Serve as an expert and advisor on acquisition management and implementation (e.g. pre-solicitation documentation, source selection); serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) in managing awarded contracts;

· Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to assure that mission requirements and performance metrics are met, utilizing best practices and applicable scientific methods to ensure "real time" data/information throughout the contract/program life cycle;

· Prepare and provide briefings for USSS leadership and other stakeholders; and

· Prepare operational and maintenance specifications and guides for end-users; provide training and technical briefings to end-users regarding the use, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

  • Security Clearance: Top Secret
  • Must successfully complete a polygraph examination
  • Pass a drug test (urinalysis)
  • Shift work may be required
  • Must be able to work holidays, evenings, weekends and during inclement weather and government shutdowns as required to support operations
  • Will be subject to on-call and irregular work hours
  • Certify you have registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify you are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

Specialized experience is defined as:
GS-14: performing duties such as: leading initiatives, proposals, projects, research and other activities to support protective and investigative countermeasures for biological threat agents; applying comprehensive scientific theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; advising management and administration on program development; developing, testing, evaluating, and deploying protocols and CBRNE detection systems; implementing solutions to capability gaps or vulnerabilities; serving as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR); and providing consultative advice on the feasibility and application of scientific studies and advances in scientific technologies and processes.


OPMs Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) is defined as:

Basic Requirements
  • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

  • OR
  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • Education

    See Qualifications section

    Additional information

    Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

    The Office of Technical Development and Mission Support (TEC), Technical Security Division (TSD), is responsible for providing a technically secure environment for the President at the White House, Vice Presidential Residence, and such places that the President and Vice President may be temporarily located and providing technical security for other protectees during travel and at their residences, as directed or requested.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    See Qualifications section


    The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
    • Knowledge of related natural and physical sciences, including but not limited to, molecular biology, virology, microbiology, botany, agronomy, hydrology, chemistry, and soil science sufficient to understand and apply the concepts and methodology to problems encountered.
    • Knowledge of and understanding of the underlying principles of the statutes, regulations and policies governing contracting and those governing acquisition of information systems and resources sufficient to formulate, analyze and approve innovative acquisition initiatives.
    • Skill in contract management sufficient to develop a variety of options and alternative strategies to meet mission needs and promote stakeholder satisfaction by applying appropriate laws, regulations and policies to complex acquisition projects.
    • Advanced skills in written and oral communications sufficient to communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders by preparing complex written documents and providing briefings and presentations of sensitive and sometimes controversial material and recommendations with conflicting objectives.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    See How To Apply section

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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