Supervisory Canine Training Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the U.S. Congress, the legislative process, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. The USCP protects and secures Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure, and open environment.
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This position is located in the Canine Training Facility, K-9 Section, Operational Services Bureau, Office of the Assistant Chief of Police for Uniformed Operations, United States Capitol Police (USCP). The Canine Training Facility manages, operates, and maintains a canine and handler training program for explosives detection as part of the Department's protection and policing responsibilities. Supervises Canine Training Facility personnel and operations, and serves as the technical expert in canine and handler training delivery and evaluation.

Plans the work and makes assignments for training instructors assigned to the canine training facility. 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 training programs. Handles and maintains accountability and security for various materials and weapons used for detector dog training. Designs and produces training aids such as videos, explosive samples, graphic reproductions and documentation.

Develops, presents and evaluates explosive detection training courses for the Department and the Bureau. Provides instruction on topics within a specialized subject matter field related to various types of explosive materials from approved course materials and instructional plans for canine handlers.

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 be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance. May be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license from the jurisdiction where he/she resides. Must complete a one year probationary period. Must have Direct Deposit.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.

For the CP-11 level you must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the CP-10/GS-12 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 experience which includes 1) knowledge in the area of explosive detection canine training, including laws, regulations, and methodologies; 2) knowledge of animal psychology and behavioral patterns in order to develop and present instruction and to evaluate complete learning modules covering all aspects of training and employing police service dogs for mission readiness; 3) evaluating canines and making recommendations for veterinary services; 4) handling trained and untrained canines in various settings and involved in various activities.; 5) experience developing Canine Standard Operating Procedures in accordance with the agency's mission operations;6) experience developing plans and strategies to promote effective administration of law enforcement canine training programs; 7) identifying canine performance deficiencies to develop instructional solutions; and 8) providing specialized training for explosive detection programs to dog handlers.

Candidates who meet the above qualifications and possess a certificate as an explosives detection canine trainer from one of the following organizations are preferred:

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 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. 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

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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. 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. - Certification as a canine trainer if applicable.