Kennel and Canine Care Technician

Washington, D.C
Feb 25, 2021
Mar 05, 2021
Full Time


The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.

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This position is location in the Canine Operations Section, Special Operations Division, Operational Services Bureau (OSB), Office of the Assistant Chief of Police for Uniformed Operations, Office of the Chief of Operations, United States Capitol Police (USCP). The Canine Operations Section is responsible for performing duties associated with the care and feeding of working dogs; performing work associated with kennel and dog administrative accountability; updating and maintaining canine medical records and monitoring kennel facilities and grounds maintenance requirements.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must have Direct Deposit.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver?s license.
  • May be required to work overtime to include weekends and federal holidays based on activities associated with canine training and receiving working dogs.
  • Required to operate motor vehicles to transport dogs to medical appointments, emergency medical care, and to transfer them between kennel facilities.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to handle adverse conditions, to include adverse weather conditions and adverse conditions in the maintenance and cleaning of kennels.
  • You will be exposed to dirt, dust, and height. Subject to cuts, bruises, kicks, electric shock, bites, scratches and ticks from canines.
  • Must be able to work inside in often poorly lighted or insulated areas, and outside exposed to extreme weather conditions. Inside work often exposes animal caretakers to unpleasant odors and noises.
  • Duties involve considerable physical effort including lifting various items such as canines, feed, supplies, occasionally weighing up to seventy-five (75) pounds.
  • Duties also involve bending, climbing and working in tiring and awkward positions. May use greater strength or agility to capture and restrain stronger canines.


In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below.

Qualifying experience for the CP-04 level (GS-06 equivalent) includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the CP-03 level (GS-05 equivalent) level which is in OR directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as demonstrating experience to show you possess sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to perform as a Kennel and Canine Care Technician including skills using basic hand tools, power equipment, and cage washer equipment, basic sanitation, feeding, grooming, bathing and exercising dogs according to established guidelines, performing health checks on dogs, assisting in loading and transporting dogs to and from different locations.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

The position is Non-Exempt from the provisions of Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Additional Conditions of Employment with USCP

Criminal History Check -- Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check of the past 10 years.
  • A criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants.

Credit Check -- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans. Applicants must demonstrate a competent financial history. Financial delinquency including collection accounts, liens, repossessions, or garnishments may be a basis for disqualification.

Selective Service Registration -- Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration.

Fingerprint Check -- Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.

Background Investigation -- Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full field background investigation.
  • There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, arrests, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Failure to successfully pass a full field background investigation and all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.

WORK LOCATIONS are flexible and may require extended work hours. Some locations may be in remote areas; however, still within the District of Columbia commuting area.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for this job. If you meet the minimum requirements for this job, we will evaluate your application materials, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your qualifications, accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume: Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/year) of employment.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire: Failure to provide response when required will result in an "Incomplete Application and/or Assessment Questionnaire" rating.
3. Upload a copy of your driver's license.

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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