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This Training Instructor position is located in the Canine Training and Evaluation Section (CTES), Assessments and Support Programs Branch, Security Services and Assessments Division, Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as a Training Instructor and Evaluator for the Canine Training and Evaluation Section of TSA. Approximately 80% of your time will be spent in the training of canine handlers and/or canines and the remainder of time will be spent conducting assessments and evaluations of the performance of handlers and canine teams in the detection of explosives. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Training, distributing, and evaluating TSA explosives detection canines in support of the CTES.
  • Working, often independently, to train canine handlers in the detection of explosives and in the handling of explosives detection trained canines.
  • Working with explosives in the training and support of canine explosives detection teams.
  • Performing inventory of hazardous materials used in explosives detection training.
  • Evaluating canine handler teams for the CTES.
  • Conducting the evaluation of handlers and canines of participating local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Establishing procedures and policies and providing guidance for most of the training assignments, allowing some discretion in selecting the most appropriate approach. Presenting material in accordance with approved lesson plans and course control documents.
  • Identifying processes for training and evaluating explosives detection canines from initial through advanced levels of explosives detection training.
  • Reviewing all canine training problem solving procedures.
  • Leading in development of technical training presentation and evaluating methodologies and materials including instructor guides, student handouts, audio/visual aids, and other training criteria.
  • Reviewing training practices and developing "best practices" for incorporation into curriculum.
  • Assessing onsite conditions to create realistic training scenarios.