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    Summary

    Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your expertise to detect and prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. This position starts at a salary of $94,796.00(GS-13, Step 01) with promotion potential to $123,234.00 (GS-13, step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen Homeland Security by performing law enforcement activities that enforce the laws and regulations related to the import and export of agriculture, commodities and baggage entering and/or exiting the United States.

    Who May Apply: Current federal employees who work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection with competitive status.

    Organizational Location: This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison, National Agriculture Cargo Targeting Unit (NACTU), in Sterling, VA.

    This position will be filled on a temporary basis not-to-exceed three years.  No later than the end of the third year of this temporary promotion/reassignment, a decision will be made by management to determine whether 1) the incumbent will return to the same or similar position and the previous grade held prior to this temporary promotion/reassignment; or 2) the incumbent will be permanently promoted/reassigned without further competition.  If management grants the incumbent permanent status, the option for management to return the employee to the same or similar position will no longer be available as stated in option 1.

    Three or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.

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    Responsibilities

    In this position you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals detecting and preventing terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Typical work assignments include:

    • Conducting agriculture targeting, and supporting additional CBP mission targeting activities, while performing research/risk analysis to identify high risk shipments.
    • Communicating cargo or vessel targets to local agriculture targeting units, and providing field support.
    • Developing, creating, and maintaining user defined rules for national agriculture targeting, while also preparing briefing documents and managing programs.
    • Managing user defined rules for national agriculture trade facilitation initiatives such as National Agriculture Release Program.
    • Coordinating with Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison and government partners to obtain pertinent information related to emerging agriculture threats and regulation changes which impact targeting trade.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Agency Employees Only

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You may be required to pass a background investigation
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
    • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
    • You must posses a valid driver’s license
    • You must pass the CBP Ag Spec Promotional Assessment (including In-basket)
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen

    Promotion Eligibility Rules of October 1, 2013 (Directive No. 51332-022B): Effective October 1, 2013, journey-level candidates who complete one year in a NTE non-supervisory GS-13 position will now be eligible to compete for a permanent non-supervisory GS-0401-13 Agriculture Specialist position.

    Training:  You may be required to attend 8-12 weeks of paid training at the Professional Development Center in Frederick, Maryland.

    Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a current valid State driver's license at the time of appointment.

    Data Systems: You will be required to maintain access to all data systems necessary for duty execution.

    Shift work: You may be required to perform work on a shift and rotational basis. 

    Uniform:  This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

    Overtime:  You must be readily available to work overtime on a scheduled or unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week.

    Qualifications

    GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties.  Examples include managing a professional, technical, or administrative program or program segment that had regional/multi-state impact and where you provided expert advice on program issues to officials of your organization.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must:

    • Meet all qualification requirements, including education, if applicable, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
    • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by Friday, January 05, 2018.

    Promotion Eligibility Rules as of October 1, 2013 (Directive No. 51332-022B): CBP requires competition for selection into supervisory and managerial positions for occupations covered by competency-based assessments.

    • First-line GS-13 supervisors who have not held a permanent second-line or higher supervisory/managerial level position must compete.  GS-13 applicants will not be considered non-competitively for the GS-13 second-line or higher supervisory/managerial position from a first-line supervisory position.

      • Mandatory competition for this position now carries a one year requisite time-in-position in a first-line supervisory GS-13 position or in a temporary (i.e., NTE, or Not To Exceed) managerial GS-13 position. 
      • The above requirement does not apply if you currently hold or previously held a permanent supervisory or managerial GS-13 second-line (or higher) or equivalent position.
      • Temporary and permanent Supervisory Course Developer/Instructors (CDIs) will follow eligibility requirements for first-line supervisors.  Incumbents in these positions will be eligible to compete for the GS-13 second-line or higher supervisory/managerial positions after serving the one year requisite time-in-position as a GS-13 Supervisory CDI. 
      • To view the promotion eligibility directive  (Directive No. 51332-022B) in its entirety, please visit the HRM career center webpage on CBPNET.

    Education

    Education/Experience Requirement:  You must have successfully completed a full 4- year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences (including botany, entomology, and plant pathology), agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines (e.g., ecology). If you have not completed the above described education, you must have completed at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline at an accredited college or university plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience may include working in such areas as pest management, environmental monitoring, farm management, agricultural commodity importation and/or exportation, or other related experience in pest/pathogen detection, regulation, eradication, and control. 

    Transcripts:  If you have never held a position in the GS-0401 series with Customs and Border Protection, you are required to submit a copy of your transcripts with your application.

      

    Additional information

    Background Investigation: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity.  During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances.  For more information, please see:  http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml

    Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

    This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.

    CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify here,  http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. To learn more, click on the link https://hru.gov/Studio_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies.pdf

    Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder

    Please view the video "Protecting America 24/7" to learn more about CBP's Office of Field Operations: http://cbpapps.cbp.dhs.gov/ofo/2011/protecting_america/pro_america.wmv

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    CBP Agriculture Specialist Promotional Assessment:  Qualified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) candidates will be ranked on the basis of the scores received on your CBP Agriculture Specialist Promotional Assessment.  Competitive applicants must have a valid test score when the announcement opens; otherwise, we cannot consider you for this position.  Alternate staffing (Non-competitive) candidates need not have a current, valid test score.  Alternate staffing (Non-competitive) candidates include applicants who have permanently held a second line Supervisory/Managerial position or equivalent at the announced grade or higher.

    Your application record will remain in a pending status until after the announcement closes, at which time we will upload test scores.  If you have completed the assessment questionnaire and have uploaded all required documents for this announcement, there is nothing further you need to do at this time.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs): Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs are:

     

     

    • Knowledge of laws and regulations related to the import and export of agricultural goods.
    • Skilled in providing expert technical guidance to others both inside and outside Customs and Border Protection.
    • Ability to provide direction in accomplishing the gathering, review and analysis of a wide range of regulatory requirements and records checks.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibility:  If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible.  Information about CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:  http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/Employee-Guideline_CTAP.asp#3a.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

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    Required Documents

    • Your resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed.  Your resume must be in English and must include your job titles and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your hours per week for each position listed.  Your resume should also contain your full name, address, phone number, email address, and salary. NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
    • Transcripts:  If you have never held a position in the GS-0401 series with Customs and Border Protection, you are required to submit a copy of your transcripts with your application.  Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials.  For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
    • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)?  You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50B (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a notification from the applicable Military Department or National Guard Bureau, that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
    • Veterans preference points are not applicable to Merit Promotion announcements.
    • You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards. Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indication of quality prior experience, no points will be assigned.

    Please upload your resume under "Resume" and any other applicable supporting documents mentioned above under "Other" documents. "Other" documents may not be applicable for each applicant, but should be utilized if you are submitting a SF-50 for proof of federal service, veterans documents for eligibility, transcripts for qualifications, etc..

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received and is accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload or fax it by the closing date. 

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

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, vision, dental, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules, telework, tuition reimbursement, transportation subsidies, uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities.  For more information, please go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "Benefits".

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account.  Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may fax your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must print a copy of and document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire using OPM Form 1203-FX http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and the official fax cover sheet:  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf.  Please include job opportunity announcement ID 2025745 and provide your SSN, name, and address using the exact name you used when you filled out the questionnaire.  If you have uploaded documents into your application, you do not need to fax those same documents.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  The address below is for inquiries only.  You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used.  You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, January 05, 2018.  

    Agency contact information

    CBP MHC Hiring

    Address

    CBP Hiring Center
    5600 American Blvd
    Suite 700
    Bloomington, MN
    USA
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    Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders
    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resiliency to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

    Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:

    • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
    • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
    • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
    • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

    For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see http://www.cbp.gov.

    Next steps

    Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed.  Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at:  https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/NotificationSettings.aspx.  If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement.  We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement.  If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

     

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485508000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.