Canine Training Specialist

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Full Time


This Vacancy is replacing Vacancy USCP-21-10995601-LM to update the supporting documents section.

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Develops and implements the canine training program's operations and procedures, ensuring that they are implemented to meet the Canine Training Facility's program objectives, including long-range planning for substantive explosive detection training programs. This requires extensive fact-finding and the development of courses where available training materials and guidance are lacking.

Develops or coordinates training curriculum and logistics schedules, lesson plans, handout materials, and operational exercises. Recommends modifications to update or improve various aspects of existing courses, as well as new or modified instructional materials to accommodate training requirements and/or changes in the field of canine training. Resolves curriculum related problems that are often complicated and require considerable research to incorporate new concepts and innovation.

Serves as an authority in planning and developing experimental programs, evaluating results, and using the findings in planning, developing, and installing new or modified explosive detection programs. Handles, maintains accountability of and provides security for various materials and weapons used for detector dog training. Designs and produces aides such as videos, explosive samples, graphic reproductions and documentation.

Gathers statistics and intelligence on explosive threats to tailor applicable training, ensures training materials, practical exercises and training aids are comprehensive, current, and support Departmental priorities.

Produces highly trained and reliable animals for patrol. Exposes the dogs to an infinite amount of external environmental stimuli to get the dogs accustomed to as many unique situations as possible.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must have Direct Deposit.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Must have 1 of these certifications: United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), National Police Canine Association (NPCA), International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA).


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.
Must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CP-9 (GS-11) level administering canine training programs. Experience includes (1) teaching and instructing; (2) developing or modifying training programs and/or training aids and materials; (3) expertise in animal psychology and behavior; and (4) expertise in explosives detector canine training.

Must possess one of the following training certificates:
  • United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)
  • North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA)
  • National Police Canine Association (NPCA)
  • International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA)

All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date (02/28/2021) of the vacancy announcement.

(Information on Qualification & Education are located at the following link: )


There is no education substitution for experience in this series and/or grade.

Additional information

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

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

Evaluation Factors

Please address all Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) within the narrative responses, so that your experience can be evaluated properly. To view the KSAs please go to the HOW TO APPLY section and click on the link Application Preview.

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.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

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/yr) of employment.
2. Must include a copy of one of the following training certificates:
  • United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)
  • North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA)
  • National Police Canine Association (NPCA)
  • International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA)
3. A complete Assessment Questionnaire: Failure to provide a narrative response when required will result in an "Incomplete Application and/or Assessment Questionnaire" rating.
4. Other supporting documents :
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable.
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education, or other documentation to prove possession of the basic requirement for this position.

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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