Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: Qualifications.
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government:
To qualify at the ZA-2 or GS-7-10 level: Experience:
One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-1 (GS-5) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:
- Studying, observing, or writing about local, State, and/or Federal statutes and regulations for the conservation and management of natural resources and;
- Performing prevention, monitoring, and/or compliance activities related to public use and/or access to natural resources; examples include work as a Park Ranger, Coast Guard Boarding Officer, Marine Patrol officer, Fish and Wildlife inspector, Customs Inspectors, or other similar jobs related to the law enforcement/police/management, conservation or protection of natural resources.
One year of graduate-level education in any field such as Law Enforcement, Criminology, Criminal Justice (Private and Homeland Security), Natural Resources or other directly related graduate field of study.ORSuperior Academic Achievement
as demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university with either:
- a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
- a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study;
- class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college;
- membership in a national Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies;
A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience.To qualify at the ZA-3 or GS-11/12 level: Experience:
One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 (GS-9) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:
- Assuring public understanding of, and compliance with local, state, and/or federal statutes and regulations for the conservation and management of natural resources (e.g., performing inspections, investigations, or advisory work);
- Performing prevention, monitoring, and/or compliance activities related to public use and/or access to natural resources; examples include work as a Park Ranger, Coast Guard Boarding Officer, Marine Patrol officer, Fish and Wildlife inspector, Customs Inspectors, or other similar jobs related to the law enforcement/police/management, conservation or protection of natural resources;
- Advising and providing training to partners in areas of federal regulations and priorities;
- Designing and implementing plans to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate enforcement problems.
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or-3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or; - LL.M., if related.College Transcript:
If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
There is no positive education requirement for this position.
Medical Requirement: If selected for this position you will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination and psychological examination. Position is subject to random drug testing.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Working conditions: Enforcement Officers may perform duties that are dangerous and physically demanding under arduous or hazardous conditions. Working, walking, standing and climbing stairs and ladders requires a certain amount of physical ability, sure-footedness, judgment and constant awareness of the potential dangers. In addition to the normal law enforcement duties, all OLE's Officers may be called upon to provide emergency assistance as necessary. In general, working conditions may include life threatening situations or serious injury. This work requires a high level of mental alertness and is both physically and mentally stressful. The officers may be exposed to weapons and hostile individuals. Working hours may be irregular and include prolonged or non-traditional shifts. Also, they may be exposed to infectious diseases.
Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory.
Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence are not eligible for the position. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).
Training Requirement: Incumbent must successfully complete the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Uniform Police Training Program (UPTP) or Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP), or its equivalent. Failure to pass the training program will result in separation from this agency.
Mobility Agreement: This position may require the incumbent to be reassigned to a different geographic location. Accordingly, the incumbent will be required to sign a mobility agreement, which will remain in effect while assigned to this position as an enforcement officer.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge of law enforcement patrol techniques in a marine environment.
- Ability to enforce fish and wildlife laws.
- Ability to perform inspections and investigations.
- Ability to collect and analyze data.
- Ability to prepare case files and reports, for submission/adjudication, monitor progress.
- Ability to communicate in both written and oral formats.
- Ability to perform computerized research using law enforcement data base systems.
- Skill in the input, review, and maintenance of data in law enforcement data bases.
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