Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and -operated manufacturing center located in New York.  It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813. Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems.  The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Benét Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal).

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP) eligibles


Serves as a Guard, assigned to the Watervliet Arsenal, a medium sized manufacturing installation with limited access. In addition, protective services are extended to tenants of Watervliet Arsenal which include a significant Research and Development Laboratory (Benet Laboratories). This position is responsible for the protection of government personnel, property and technologies against such hazards as; sabotage, espionage, theft, accidental or willful damage and destruction.

Stands guard at a variety of fixed posts, and patrol assignments within the installation, exercising those stringent security measures necessary to monitor and provide appropriate level of control of the personnel and vehicles on the installation. Directs and restricts visitors to appropriate destinations, provides information regarding location of historical points of interest. Closely observes perimeter to preclude the possibility of attempts at espionage, sabotage or unlawful intrusion. Responds to emergency situations, skillfully applying seasoned knowledge of security procedures, jurisdiction, search and seizure, weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, and methods for the preservation of evidence. Qualifies and trains with special weapons, (must qualify with 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol).

Performs foot patrols, insuring the interior security of the installation buildings. Utilizes knowledge of deployed security measures to detect faulty equipment and identify potential security problems. Inspects areas containing documents, equipment and technologies that are sensitive to the security of Watervliet Arsenal, its tenants and the national security. Patrols all areas responsible for checking and securing external doors and windows, turns off all unnecessary lighting, check for security violations such as unsecured sensitive material.


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is less than 10%

Relocation Authorized

  • No