QUALIFICATIONS: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next
lower grade level. Creditable
specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through
service as a military police officer; in performing criminal investigative duties,
etc. PRIVATE POLICE DUTY OR AUXILIARY POLICE DUTY, SECURITY WORK AND COLLEGE
SECURITY WORK IS NOT QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AT THESE LEVELS. APPLICANT MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS
Applicants must have served a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower
grade to be eligible for the GS-5 or GS-6 or GS-7.
Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Experience
that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement
operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for
maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized
experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a
military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law
enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational
environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that
provided the required knowledge and skills.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0000/0083.HTM
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study
leading to a bachelors degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program
related to the work of the position. You
must include your college transcripts. GS-6: No substitution of
education or training may be made for the required specialized experience at
the GS-6 level. COMBINING EDUCATION
AND EXPERIENCE: Successful
completion of a Federal, State, county or municipal police academy or
comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction
in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may
be substituted for a maximum of three months of specialized experience or six
months of general experience. At the
GS-5 level, appropriate combinations of qualifying experience and education may
be used to meet requirements. All education must be evidenced by
(The incumbent although assigned a primary duty station, may be requested to perform duty assignments at any of the three facilities (University Drive, Highland Drive, H. J. Heinz) of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.)
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***
Refer to Section V of this Manual for information about test
INVESTIGATION OF FITNESS
A character investigation may be conducted on applicants selected for
employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the
candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S.
Government. Such investigations will be conducted under the security
requirements of the hiring agency.
The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion
and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to
all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic
colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. Agencies may establish
additional, job-related physical or medical requirements provided that the
specific position(s) involves the arduous or hazardous duties to which the
physical requirements relate.
Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential
functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and
employees must possess emotional and mental stability. In most instances, a
specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an
applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only
if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants
restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the
loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the
satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation
shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the
duties of a position. Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited
to the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of
readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.
All positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional
medical requirements specified in 5 CFR 930 and the "General Policies and
Instructions" section of this Manual.
Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.