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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  LAG-FDN-842757-KK-145

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Durango, CO United StatesView Map
Current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) employees in the competitive service who are serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, within the Field Office Directorate to which they are permanently assigned.


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 resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Who May Apply:

  • Current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) employees in the competitive service who are serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, within the ERO Denver Field Office Directorate.
    • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

    Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Denver Field Office. Duty Location: Durango, CO.

    Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.


    Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.



    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
    • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
    • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)


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    As a Deportation Officer, you will:

    • Conduct legal research to support decisions on deportation/exclusion cases and assist attorneys in representing the government in court actions;
    • Work with other Federal law enforcement officials to identify, locate, and/or apprehend aliens;
    • Prepare, present, and defend deportation or exclusion proceedings, and ensure the physical removal of aliens from the United States (This work will involve working with both criminal and/or non-criminal aliens in the United States at various stages of their deportation/exclusion proceedings.); and
    • Be responsible for conducting complex investigations, conducting surveillance work, preparing investigative reports, and assisting in complex, difficult, or sensitive seizures.


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    GS-11: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:

    Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level performing duties such as: supporting criminal investigations related to alleged or suspected violations of immigration laws, regulations, and policies; and performing a full range of investigative functions from planning through fact finding to reporting the results of the investigations. At this level, assignments involve activities where information is readily available and issues are straightforward and non-controversial.

    Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, an advanced law degree (LL.M.), or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree for experience at the GS-11 grade level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school or university to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarters hours.

    Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may also be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level.

    GS-12: You must meet the following to qualify at the GS-12 level:

    Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing duties such as: planning and conducting complex criminal investigations related to alleged or suspected violations of immigration laws, regulations, and policies; and applying a variety of investigative techniques, analyzing evidence, preparing reports, and arranging for the detention or release of individuals. At this level, assignments usually involve complex deportation proceedings and/or difficult or sensitive seizures.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


    Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

    Time in Grade:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Security Clearance: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

    Medical: If this is your first appointment into a law enforcement position, you must pass pass a pre-employment medical examination. Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties, and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician.

    Completion of Training: You must have successfully completed Basic Immigration Law Enforcement Training in accordance with 8 CFR 287.1(g) and other applicable agency policy. This includes successful completion of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention & Removal Operations (DRO) Basic Immigration Law Enforcement Training Program (ICE_D); the legacy Immigration Officer Basic Training Course (IOBTC); the Border Patrol Academy; the combination of both the legacy Basic Immigration Detention Enforcement Officer Training Course and the ICE DRO Equivalency Training Program (ETP); the ICE Special Agent Training Program; the combination of FLETC Criminal Investigator Training Program and the DRO Equivalency Training Program for Special Agents (ETPSA) and for legacy US Customs Special Agents, the ICE / Customs Special Agent Cross Training Program. Due to regulatory requirements, no other training will be accepted. Please note, if selected, you may be required to submit proof of completion (i.e. training certificate). 

    Note: Selectees who have not attended the three-week Deportation Officer Training Program (DOTP) or completed comparable transition training will be required to do so after entrance on duty.

    Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You must satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the firearms component of the Criminal Investigation Training Program at Glynco, GA. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment [Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001].

    Age Restrictions: In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under enforcement retirement provisions; therefore, you must be referred for selection before reaching your 40th birthday unless you presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian enforcement position and will have a total of 20 years of coverage prior to your 60th birthday.

    Note: The Department of Homeland Security has established an Interim Policy for Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Customs and Border Protection Officers. The age restriction as articulated above shall NOT apply to veteran's preference eligibles as defined in Title 5, U.S.C., Section 2108, item (3). Applicants meeting this definition of "preference eligibles" shall be considered for this position regardless of age.

    Motor Vehicle Operation: This position requires a valid state driver's license and the ability to operate an automobile.

    Travel: You will be required to travel frequently.

    Work Conditions: This job requires protracted periods of strenuous physical exertion. Surveillance frequently require extended periods of sitting, standing, walking, and crawling through a variety of terrain. The work involves high risks with exposure to a wide variety of potential dangerous situations and unusual environmental stress. The officer typically works long and irregular hours, on weekends, holidays, and at night.

    Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO): You will be required to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour workweek. You must be readily accessible to perform this unscheduled work. To ensure your availability, you will receive extra compensation in the form of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime.


    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Technical Competence, Organizational Awareness, Interpersonal Skills, and Oral/Written Communication.

    Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100.  Applicants will be referred for selection in accordance with the terms of the agency merit promotion plan.  


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    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; 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 developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".


    Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


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    To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

    1. Your Résumé
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

    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 Vacancy ID 842757.  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

    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    • Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Tuesday, February 26, 2013 for further instructions.

    You must submit all required information by Tuesday, February 26, 2013. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.


    HR Assistant
    Phone: (949)360-3058
    Agency Information:
    ICE Laguna Service Center
    24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
    Laguna Niguel, CA


    Once you submit your application, 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.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs and Application Manager accounts throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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