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    Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders
    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At CBP, we:

    • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws
    • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
    • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
    • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
    • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border
    For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers see www.cbp.gov.

    Who May Apply: Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate located in Springfield, VA; Newark, NJ; Chicago, IL; Savannah, GA: Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA.

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    This position starts at a salary of $45,970 (GS-7 Step 1) to $64,697 (GS-9 Step 10) with promotion potential to $93,821 GS-12, Step 10). In this position, you will become a key member of the Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate team. Typical work assignments include:

    • Receiving samples for analysis, reviewing background material, performing preliminary examination of samples, reviewing pertinent regulations, determining information needed to satisfy the submitting officers' request, and discussing the proper approach to the analysis with more senior analysts;
    • Performing analysis of the assigned samples, developing identity, grade and composition, information regarding origins, methods of manufacture, etc., using wet laboratory procedures or advanced analytical instrumentation;
    • Contributing to reports on analysis that include technical findings, interpretations, and conclusions regarding pertinent regulations and policy for use by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees in determining proper classification, or in seizing merchandise;
    • Discussing sampling and sample storage procedures, analytical methodology, instrumentation, and problems associated with analyzing samples as well as a solution to these problems with other CBP chemists and officials; and
    • Maintaining currency on scientific and technological developments and advancements in analytical methodology, and analytical instrumentation related to the assigned area.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

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