Canine Course Developer/Instructor

Alexandria, Virginia
May 16, 2021
May 22, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment and may be extended in 120-day increments as needed.

This assignment is located within the Department of Homeland Security, Headquarters, Federal Protective Service
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The Canine Training Course Developer serves as a primary advisor to the Branch Chief, Division Director, and senior FPS, SES leadership on all mission-specific canine training standards, training policies and canine training program development-related matters. Responsible for the creation and modification of canine training program curriculum. Resolves curriculum related problems that are often complicated and require considerable research to incorporate new concepts and innovations applicable to the FPS mission.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:

The incumbent is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on explosive detector dog training techniques, tactics and deployment. Develops FPS original course content for basic and advanced explosive detector dog training concepts based on current threats and operational policies. Plans, develops, and implements curriculum for a broad range of educational programs that are non-standardized and/or where special problems or needs exist. Develops or coordinates training curriculum and logistics schedules. Coordinates the use of training equipment, training facilities, and instructional aids. Develops and applies new program methods, approaches, and technologies. Develops, revises, and conducts canine courses that are comparable to graduate school levels. Coordinates course content with operations personnel to ensure that training objectives are aligned with the established operational requirements and policies. Courses are unusually broad and highly complex in nature and must frequently be established and implemented based on newly emerging or rapidly evolving operations.

The incumbent independently plans and carries out projects through to conclusion; work projects typically have a significant impact on a broad segment of the staff and student body in the education and training program that is evident throughout the agency. Products may radically change the training content or the education and training techniques and methods used in teaching certain subjects to specific segments of the student population. The incumbent is recognized as an authoritative consultant in planning and developing experimental programs, evaluating results, and using the findings in planning, developing, and installing new or modified explosive detection programs. Develops and implements Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) canine training as well as Counter Suicide/Homicide Bomber Tactics for support/non-canine personnel. Consults with operational leadership before, during, and after training to ensure consistency with field requirements.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • 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 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 a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .