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    Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Operations Support, Office of Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate located in Washington, DC; Springfield, VA; Newark, NJ; Chicago, IL; Savanna, GA; Houston, TX; Memphis, TN; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA, San Juan, PR, Miami, FL, San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Nogales, AZ..

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    This is a Recent Graduate appointment in the Pathways Program. Selected individuals are placed in a dynamic one year development program in the excepted service designed to lead to a competitive civil service career in the Federal government. At the successful conclusion of this program, the agency may non-competitively convert individuals to a term (position lasting 1-4 years with an extension up to 120 days) or permanent position within the competitive service. Conversion to a Federal competitive service position will be at the discretion of the agency and is neither guaranteed nor implied.

    This position starts at a salary of $42,053.00(GS-7, Step 1) to $66,868.00 (GS-9, Step 10) with promotion potential to $96,978(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 analyses, 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 analyses of the assigned samples, developing identity, grade and composition, information regarding origins, methods of manufacture, etc., using wet laboratory procedures or advanced analytical instrumentation;
    • Writing reports on analyses stating the 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

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

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