This position is located in the National Zoological Park Police Unit, Office of Protection Services (OPS), NationaL Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution. The employee provides assistance to the Chief and/or command staff in all functions necessary for the accomplishment of the mission of the National Zoological Park Police.Learn more about this agency
- Supervises all Police Officers assigned to his or her responsibility or on the shift as required.
- Ensures adequate patrol of the Park, inspecting and regulating all activities as necessary to maintain maximum safety and security for the National Zoological Park.
- Arranges work schedules and makes duty assignments in an equitable manner.
- Investigates and resolves complaints and incidents within the National Zoological Park.
- Assigns personnel to tours of duty, special event posts and outlines responsibilities or special instructions.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
- May need to complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
The position(s) which may be filled from this vacancy announcement have been identified as Testing Designated Positions under the Drug-Free Workplace Program. All applicants tentatively selected for this position shall be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and incumbents of this position are thereafter, subject to the Smithsonian Drug Testing Policy.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Active police commission or one that expired, from a state, local, or municipal police academy equivalent to the basic police training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
Investigation of Fitness:
A character investigation shall be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government. Such investigations will be conducted under the security requirements of the hiring agency.
The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. Agencies may establish additional, job-related physical or medical requirements provided that the specific position(s) involves the arduous or hazardous duties to which the physical requirements relate.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Incumbent is required to qualify annually (at a minimum) with the standard security force firearm and ASP Baton. Failure to re-qualify will result in removal from the position.
- All applicants appointed to Law Enforcement positions must attend and successfully complete training program. Applicants who fail to successfully meet this requirement will be subject to termination.
- You must not have a history of domestic violence or child abuse/sexual abuse.
- You must be able to become CPR and First Aid qualified and have the ability to read and understand written material in language of the security force.
QualificationsExperience: One year of full-time specialized experience at the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized Experience is defined as providing law enforcement protection of life and property within the boundaries of the National Zoological Park; facilitating orderly flow of traffic both vehicular and pedestrians; patrolling parking areas and assisting the public with information about the Park and its collections; supervising or leading activities of the police force; inspecting and regulating activities to maintain maximum safety and security of the park; arranging work schedules and duty assignments; investigating complaints, accidents, incidents occurring within the park; and providing training of personnel in accepted police techniques.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp
Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com
Retirement Program - http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
- Ability to supervise or manage in order to instruct, provide work assignments, and direct police officers.
- Ability to lead the activities of a police force by ensuring adequate patrol.
- Ability to set schedules and determine assignments for a police force.
- Ability to investigate crimes, accidents, and incidents.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.
Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Your application package should include the following documents:
- Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
- Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
- A recent performance evaluation
- Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA
- Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration
- Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order
- Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
- You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
- You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
- The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
- If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Agency contact information
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, District of Columbia 20013-7012
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