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Job Title:Land Management Law Enforcement Officer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-611680-AM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$49,029.00 to $63,259.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 6, 2012 to Monday, March 26, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Newport, OR United StatesView Map


OPEN ONLY TO CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR employees serving under career or career-conditional appointments. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles (displaced Dept of Interior employees within the local commuting area) may also apply.


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This position serves as a Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer (Federal Wildlife Officer) for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, performing law enforcement duties that are integral to the conservation and use of natural resources. 



With its remarkable vistas and superb recreational opportunities, the Oregon coast attracts millions of visitors each year. The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge comprises six National Wildlife Refuges protecting a variety of coastal habitats that span 320 miles of the rugged coastline. Stretching from Tillamook Head south to the California border, three of the refuges are marine and three are estuarine. The marine refuges (Oregon Islands, Cape Meares, Three Arch Rocks) protect coastal rocks, reefs, islands and several headland areas. These habitats support important seabird nesting colonies - over a million seabirds, including common murres, tufted puffins, cormorants, and storm-petrels nest here. Coastal rocks provide breeding and haul-out sites for harbor seals and Steller and California sea lions. The three estuarine refuges (Nestucca Bay, Siletz Bay, Bandon Marsh) preserve very different, but equally valuable, habitats – including saltmarsh, brackish marsh, riparian wetlands and wooded uplands. These offer sanctuary to a diverse array of fish and wildlife including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, small mammals, amphibians and anadromous fish.


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Open only to current Dept of Interior status employees
  • Drug testing, medical, physical, and psychological screening required.
  • Maximum Entry Age - Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday.
  • Pre-appointment background investigation required.
  • Relocation expenses will be paid for federal employees per regulation.


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Serves as a Federal Wildlife Officer performing law enforcement duties that include investigating, apprehending, detaining, arresting, detection, issuing citations, and prosecuting violators of laws, rules, and regulations enacted to insure protection and safe use of refuge facilities, lands, and resources. Conducts investigations that involve securing and protecting crime scenes; collecting, seizing, and preserving evidence; interviewing and interrogation. Applies for and executes search and arrest warrants. Testifies and presents evidence to grand juries.

Investigates criminal activities such as homicide, assault, burglary, domestic violence, vehicle theft, public intoxication, breaking and entering, marijuana cultivation, possession, vandalism, pollution of the air and water, destruction of property, illegal hunting of waterfowl, wildland arson, livestock trespass, archeological resource protection, plant and wildlife poaching, illegal commercial or sport fishing or crabbing, trapping or hunting without permits, environmental crimes, illegal firearms possession, and boundary encroachments or trespass.  

Develops, executes, and evaluates law enforcement programs, operational plans, practices, and procedures. Conducts analyses, develops evaluation reports with recommendations on improvements, and devises solutions to problems effecting visitor use and safety.

Designs and provides training in law enforcement skills, techniques, and practices to prevent and/or detect illegal activities.

Informs public land users of procedures, laws and regulations to gain compliance. Communicates with the public and visitors to encourage voluntary support of natural resource protection. Maintains effective relationships with other Federal, Tribal, or local law enforcement agencies to coordinate cases and garner support.

Directs or participates in search and rescue teams. Provides first aid/emergency medical assistance. May participate in structural or wildland fire suppression teams.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date. 



(A) Have at least 1 year of specialized natural resources/park-related law enforcement experience equivalent to the GL-7 in the federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes detecting, investigating, apprehending, citing, and arresting violators of laws and regulations for the protection of wildlife/natural resources; investigating criminal activity on public lands and/or violations of fish and wildlife laws; preparing investigation or case reports; and planning law enforcement operations for land management.


(B) Have completed a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or two full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.


(C) Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education (beyond the first year) as described in A and B above, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Qualifying experience and education will each be determined as percentages. The two percentages will be added together and must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.


NOTE: All applicants who are using education to qualify (including current and former employees) must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide official transcripts from your school.

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.


This position is approved as a primary law enforcement position for coverage under the special CSRS and FERS retirement provisions of 5 USC8336(c) and 5 USC 8412(d).

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE REQUIREMENT: This is a Primary/Rigorous position covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336 and 8412 which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after 20 years of service. To be eligible for this enhanced coverage, applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. Two exceptions are allowed: 1) an applicant has prior Federal service in a position covered by the enhanced retirement provisions sufficient to complete 20 years of service on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57; or 2) an applicant is a qualified preference eligible, in which case the maximum entry age is waived and the corresponding retirement age may be higher than 57 after completing 20 years of service.

Medical Requirements:  Selectee must pass a comprehensive pre-employment medical examination and receive clearance by the Fish and Wildlife Services Medical Review Officer prior to appointment. Also required to undergo periodic medical examinations throughout employment in this occupation.

Psychological Screening: Selectee will be required to complete a pre-employment psychological assessment to determine suitability for this position.

Physical Requirements: Must successfully pass a pre-employment Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). Must also pass the PEB administered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as a requirement of the FLETC basic training program. Employees in this position must maintain physical conditioning as determined by periodic, mandatory PEB testing throughout their career. 

Pre-Appointment Background Investigation: This position requires a law enforcement commission and is designated as critical-sensitive. A single scope background investigation is required prior to appointment, unless valid investigation is already completed.

Training: Must successfully complete required law enforcement training, to include: 19-week Land Management Police Training (LMPT) academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia; 3-week Refuge Officer Basic School (ROBS) at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and 10-week Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) including two different field training stations at various locations across the country; as well as other formal training. Must also complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training.

Drug Testing: Requires pre-appointment and random drug testing for illegal drug use. 

Firearms:  Required to carry a firearm to perform duties and maintain a minimum 80% proficiency with assigned firearms.  Applicants must be free of domestic violence convictions and able to possess firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended (18 USC 922(G)(9)).

Driver's License:  Operates a variety of motorized vehicles; a valid state driver’s license is required.

Motorboat Operator Certification: Motorboat operation required; must successfully complete DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC). 

Financial Statement:  Incumbent must complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) prior to appointment and annually thereafter, to identify potential conflicts between your public responsibilities and your private financial interests.

Uniform: The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear the US Fish and Wildlife Service uniform according to Service policy.

Probationary Period:  Appointment to this position requires a one-year probationary period, unless already completed.

Direct Deposit:  All employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay.

Government Charge Card: Employees expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of appointment.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The experience you describe in your resume must be sufficiently detailed to support your responses to the tasks in the Questionnaire or your score may be lowered, you may be rated not eligible, or found not qualified.

The Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this job.

1. Knowledge of natural resource law enforcement techniques and methods to conduct day-to-day law enforcement activities on public lands.
2. Ability to investigate violations of natural resource laws and regulations.
3. Ability to develop and execute work and program planning for land management law enforcement.
4. Ability to communicate in writing for law enforcement purposes.
5. Skill in interpersonal/oral communications in conducting law enforcement activities.

To preview the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire, click here: View Assessment Questions


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will be authorized for current Federal employees in accordance with P.L. 89-516 and appropriate Federal regulations. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Duties involve performing physically rigorous assignments, often in isolated outdoor environments, and frequently exposed to severe weather conditions. Working conditions may be dangerous, and pose potential risk of loss of life or serious injury. Dangerous persons, many of whom are known to be combative and carry weapons, must be physically confronted, subdued, and apprehended, sometimes with no backup, far from assistance or help. Prisoners must be kept under physical restraint during transport and processing.


You must be capable of engaging in maximum physical exertion without warning, pursuing perpetrators on foot, or responding to life threatening emergencies. You must possess sufficient aerobic capacity and muscular strength to subdue perpetrators or participate in sustained emergency or rescue efforts.


Criminal investigations often must be conducted without regard to fixed work schedules, days off, or opportunities for proper rest or nutrition. Long hours conducting surveillance, investigations, apprehension, transport of prisoners, etc. are required. Carrying heavy objects and traversing long distances over difficult or hazardous terrain in extreme weather conditions are normal requirements for the position.


There is a high-stress component to much of the employee’s work assignment.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  While some work is performed in an office setting, most of the work is performed outdoors in all kinds of weather and climate conditions. The work is performed at various hours of the day and night and for prolonged periods during emergency situations. Long periods of surveillance work may be required in cramped or unpleasant locations and under unpleasant conditions.


The employee is frequently exposed to high-risk and potentially dangerous situations in law enforcement and emergency situations, requiring use of a wide-range of personal protective gear and safety procedures. Operates motor vehicles of various types, may be required to fly in small fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft, and operate or ride on snowmobiles and various sizes of watercraft.  


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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Monday, March 26, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link  The vacancy ID for this job is 611680. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and


2. Print this OPM Form OPM 1203 fx to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and


3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement, the following documents are required: 

1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

3. Transcripts, if qualifying based on your education.

4. Document(s) verifying your eligibility to apply for this job. You must submit at least one document listed below.

·         SF-50, or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action verifying that you are a current permanent-status Department of Interior employee applying for promotion, reassignment, or change to lower grade. Must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34;

·         Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Department of Interior employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), if applicable. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority, you must demonstrate overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities identified for this position. See

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 611680.




Anna McClintock
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
Division of Human Resources-Region 1
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR


Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission was received.

After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full name and vacancy number (
611680) in any communication regarding this job. Please inform us of any changes in your contact information. If you decide you do not wish to be considered for the position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If we're not able to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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