To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band, you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) as outlined below:
A. Experience: For those qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline three (3) years of progressively responsible general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the SV-F or GS-4 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent in the private sector. Such experience will demonstrate the ability to: analyze problems, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.
B. Education: Bachelor's or higher-level degree in any field from an accredited college or university.
C. Combination of education and experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the position; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the position; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position. If you are attempting to qualify based on education, in whole or in part, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) from an accredited college or university (for each school attended) to establish qualifications based upon education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts may be required at a later date.
Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.
Conditions of Employment:
TSA canine handlers are generally granted the use of a Government vehicle, typically referred to as Home-to-Work authority, for the efficient care and transportation of canines. The Department of Homeland Security prohibits authorization of Home-To Work Transportation to employees who live more than 50 miles from their duty station of record. Therefore, as a Condition of Employment, all persons hired to canine handler positions must reside within a 50-mile radius of the official duty station for the position. This Condition of Employment must be met by the time of appointment.
Basic Security Inspections Training Course:
- Must be available to work various shifts, including frequently changing and uncommon tours of duty.
- Must be willing to undertake extensive travel, at times overnight, as required.
- Must be available for "on call" work and be available for duty within the U.S. and possibly worldwide to protect U.S. transportation interests.
- Must pass a Background Investigation (BI) and maintain eligibility for a clearance at the Secret level.
- Must successfully complete the Basic Security Inspections Course described below.
- Must successfully complete the NEDCTP Canine Handler Course described below.
The selectee will be required to attend an up to 5-week course in Oklahoma City, OK. The Basic Security Inspections Course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to conduct security inspections and assessments, including using legal and regulatory documents that govern transportation security. Additional Training/Instruction Course:
The selectee will be required to attend a 10-12 week canine handler course which is held at the Canine Training and Explosives Branch, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Physical Demands:
Must maintain physical agility to meet work requirements of regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending, and stooping. Work will require driving or traveling by motor vehicle. The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk or discomforts that require special safety precautions.
You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee. At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position. A successful TSI candidate will be required to complete a two (2) step application and assessment process. However, some TSI candidates may be exempted from the second step in the application process (see the “How to Apply” section for exemption details). A separate prompt, within the online application questionnaire, will allow you to claim exemption eligibility according to the criterion within the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.
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