Job Overview


About the Agency

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
The mission of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is to protect the rights of the nation's workers through enforcement of several Acts: the Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; field sanitation and housing standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Additionally, the WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

This is an appointment under the DOL Recent Graduates program.  The program duration is one year.  Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.  

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

This position is located in the DOL, WHD, San Francisco District Office, in San Francisco, CA. 

Salary ranges:

GS-05: $37,073 to $48,190 per annum
GS-07: $45,923 to $59,704 per annum

The full performance level of this position is GS-12.  Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.  This position is inside the bargaining unit.


The incumbent participates in a variety of applications of the provisions of the laws enforced by the WHD.

At the GS-05 level, the incumbent receives basic training under a structured training program.  Reviews available file material pertinent to cases assigned, performs necessary research, and seeks necessary guidance to become familiar with all aspects of the case.  Demonstrates ability to understand, interpret and apply written material, much of which is technical or legal in nature.  Prepares reports on cases investigated for submission to the supervisor or a higher level investigator.

At the GS-07 level, the incumbent conducts moderately difficult investigations to develop information and evidence through such means as interviews, observations, and examination of business and payroll records.  Gathers and analyzes facts obtained; identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations regarding the nature and extent of any violations that may be found.  Accurately performs necessary mathematical computations, choosing appropriate mathematical technique, to determine amount of back wage liability.  Negotiates for compliance and payment of back wages when authorized, or participates in such negotiations with the supervisor or a higher level investigator.  Expresses information effectively to individuals or groups (including employers, legal representatives, union officials, etc.) of varied backgrounds, making clear and convincing oral presentations to persuade others to accept recommendations, cooperate or change their behavior.  Prepares case investigation file, including written narrative reports and electronic forms for submission to the supervisor or higher level officials.  Uses a computer on a regular basis to enter required data into the Wage and Hour Investigative Support and Reporting Database and for word processing functions.

Relocation Authorized

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