Job Overview


Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect

This announcement has been amended to include the following:

***This position is a bargaining unit position***


Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to develop methods and procedures designed to improve the effectiveness of explosive detector dog (EDD) programs?  Then consider joining the Uniformed Operations Division, Federal Protective Services (FPS), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Come work with the best to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, ensure safe and secure borders, welcome immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce.  This mission of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm.  With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.  In today's interconnected world, our country's security challenges are constantly evolving.  To meet these challenges, DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.

In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department's work across all DHS components.  You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis.  Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea.  Come join the team who is "Proud to Protect".  

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.


  • Conduct operational assessments on explosive detector dog (EDD) teams in working environments designed to maintain detection proficiency, update and enhance the knowledge of new or improved detector dog employment performance.
  • Ensure all Federal, state, local laws, regulations, and procedures are complied with in the handling, transporting, and storage of various explosives, hazardous materials, and weapons.
  • Enforce all requirements pertaining to the safe handling practices of dogs.
  • Conduct analysis of new and changing methods of identifying explosive components and devices to determine the threshold of the detector dog’s olfactory capabilities and behavioral action to detect trained odors.
  • Develop methods and procedures designed to improve the effectiveness of explosive detector dog (EDD) teams.