• Help



    Positions are located in Office of Field Operations (Ops), Firearms Ops Division, National Integrated Ballistic Information Network Sites Operation Branch in Beltsville, MD; Atlanta, GA; and Huntsville, AL.

    Examines physical evidence associated w/firearms investigations. Responsible for operating, maintaining and updating the Integrated Ballistic Identification System.

    For specific salaries see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/ 

    Learn more about this agency


    • Training in the safe operation of firearms to include basic design principles of firearms, laboratory safety procedures, and basic recognition of standard ammunition routinely seen in casework.
    • Under supervision, examines physical evidence associated with IBIS examinations consisting of firearms, ammunition, fired bullets, cartridge cases, and shot shells, using microscopy, measuring devices, digital photography and IBIS imaging techniques.
    • Assists in interpreting, analyzing and evaluating results of IBIS or firearms examinations and produces draft notifications based on results.
    • Contacts outside sources for information concerning materials and items examined in related casework.
    • Examines firearms for classification, operability, electronic bullet and cartridge casing imaging, comparisons, etc.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - May be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Help


    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
    • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
    • Must successfully complete a background security investigation.

    To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.


    To qualify for the GS-11: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 grade level.

    Specialized experience is the ability and skills to use IBIS Systems, which incorporate the use of microscopy, measuring devices, photography, imaging techniques, firearms classification and other related firearms examinations to examine physical evidence associated with firearm related cases (e.g., firearms, bullets and cartridge cases).


    In lieu of specialized experience, you may qualify with the following education and/or combination of experience.

    You must have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in physical and biological sciences, police science, criminology, or law.  Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted, if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled, or an LL.M. OR  I have equivalent combination of successfully completed Ph.D. level and specialized experience to meet total experience requirements. Only education in excess of the first 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours i.e., beyond the third year is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study/30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience

    If using education to qualify, must provide unofficial or official transcripts.

    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF’s Human Resources Operations Division.  Please click on the following link to read important information.  DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations

    Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

    Periodic Reinvestigation:
    Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation

    Travel and relocation expenses: are not authorized and will not be paid.

    EEO Statement:
    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identify and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit factor.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
    ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760.  The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under ATF's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold - applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria, Silver - applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria or Bronze - applicants possessing the specialized experience. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Gold category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans preference eligibles.
    The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

    1. Knowledge of various firearm calibers and caliber types and firearm function, malfunction and how they can be safely tested.
    2. Analytic ability, judgment, discretion and knowledge of NIBIN and IBIS applications and principles.
    3. Ability to effectively communicate in writing in order to produce clear, precise, and accurate draft notification.
    4. Ability to effective communicate orally to give testimony on techniques and protocols used by IBIS technology.
    5. Skill in working with digital photography and its use for recording observation and documenting evidence.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


  • Help

    Required Documents

    (1) Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional) (2) Veterans' preference documentation, if applicable. (3) CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable. (4) Unofficial college transcript(s), if applicable. Official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day. Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

    It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

    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.

  • Help


    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.

    The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

    If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, you may be eligible to use leave under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015.  This act grants leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for a disability instead of using regular sick.  For additional information see: Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-75) (Act).

    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.

  • Help

    How to Apply

    This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.

    STEP ONE - (Online Resume - USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to Monster when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.

    STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions USAJobs) In USAJobs, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the USAJob questions will become your application package.

    STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways:

    (l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

    (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Vanessa Evans








    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
    Please apply online
    Washington, District of Columbia 20226
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.


    Next steps

    After the vacancy closes, the Human Resources Office will use the application package to automatically rate, rank and certify candidates. You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at http://www.usajobs.gov. You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature. You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector. All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process:

    (1) upon receipt of your application;

    (2) after your qualifications have been assessed;

    (3) whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting Official; and

    (4) whether or not you've been selected for the position. The hiring manager makes a selection from among applicants in the Gold category. If your name is sent to the hiring manager, you may be invited for an interview.

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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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/516038500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.