Job Overview


About the Agency

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division will allow you to utilize your expertise in quality assurance of forensic science disciplines to support criminal investigations carried out by the Secret Service.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the ability of the Secret Service to successfully complete its investigative mission. This Physical Scientist position starts at a salary of $89,924 (GS-13, step 1) with potential to $116,901 (GS-13, step 10).  For more information on the Secret Service click here.
This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate of up to 25% of the base salary.


The selectee will serve as a Physical Scientist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:

- Performing research and validation part of the quality assurance program; ensures critical elements are met to maintain status of the accrediting body; ensures quality and conformance with lab policies and procedures.

- Skilled at working complex technical examinations and developing solutions that would have practical application in forensic examinations.

- Serving as a team member/coordinator for teams dispatched to crime scenes; collecting, preserving and analyzing evidence while maintaining chain of custody and integrity of the evidence from collection to final disposition.

- Serving as an expert witness in court proceedings; planning, coordinating and conducting technical research projects; drafting and reviewing reports, recommendations, standard operating procedures and guidelines.

- Conducting training for developmental level specialists; serving as a technical expert and liaison.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Position requires walking, bending and lifting in laboratory and field work.

Relocation Authorized

  • No