Bureau of Reclamation Security Specialist (Security Instructor) in Grand Coulee, Washington

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a Security Specialist (Security Instructor). Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-09 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-09 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location – Grand Coulee, WA http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selectee.

At the present time, we have 3 vacancies; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.

  • Prepare lesson plans and provide expert instruction in a classroom, firing range or other field environment.

  • Produce training resource estimates; request, receive, inventory and maintain all necessary training resources.

  • Document all training and maintain paper and digital files as directed to support training trend analysis and to document officer, team and organizational proficiency.

  • Lead or participate as a member of a training development team in reviewing job analyses to identify Critical Tasks, training gaps and to determine frequency and duration of training required for input to training calendars.

  • Apply interpersonal skills to coach and mentor new and experienced security response force personnel to improve individual and collective/team skills.

  • Produce, maintain and adjust as needed, short and long range training calendars

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • Suitability for federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical and UA as a condition of employment if
  • found minimally qualified must successfully complete PT testing. See
  • "Qualifications & Requirements Section".
  • Must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING CRITERIA: ALL candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be required to complete pre-employment screening which includes a physical fitness test (date to be determined following the closure of the announcement). Failure to complete and successfully meet the fitness standards, for duty requirements, at the scheduled pre-screening will result in loss of consideration. The results of the pre-employment physical fitness testing will ONLY be used for the purpose of qualifying applicants for the Security Specialist (Security Instructor) posted under this announcement BR-PN-VA-GC-17-161. The results of this pre-screening fitness testing will NOT impact an applicant's current, required, physical fitness results of record and will have no effect on their current position (if currently employed in the GCPO Security Response Force). The following will be conducted at the pre-employment screening:

  • Pre-Employment Physical Fitness Test - the same criteria will be used for all ages of applicants and both male and female applicants. The standards that must be met are:

  • Sit-ups - 46 in 2 minutes

  • Push-ups - 40 in 2 minutes

  • 40 yard dash (from prone position) in 9 seconds

  • 1.5 Miles in 14 minutes

  • Interviews

Annual Physical Training Requirements: At the end of the first year of employment and every year thereafter, the incumbent will be required to successfully pass all segments of the Employment PT test (see requirements listed above). If the incumbent does not initially pass any part of the annual test, he/she will be given 60 additional days to successfully pass all segments of the test. If the incumbent cannot pass any part of the test during the annual test, he/she will be removed from federal service.

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that the applicant meets the specialized experience requirement - this information must be included in the resume.

For the GS-07 level: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-05 in the federal service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience teaching firearms instruction and tactics, techniques and procedures such as; close quarters battle, defensive tactics, hand to hand combat, and use of force, etc.*OR One full year of graduate level education.OR* Superior Academic Achievement: This provision applies to undergraduate record only. It is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade point average, or (3) honor society membership. The applicant must supply documentation (i.e. transcripts, certificates) to verify. 1. Class Standing: Applicant must be in the upper third of their graduating class in the college or university. 2. Grade point average: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on official transcript. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (listed in the Association of College Honor Societies).

For the GS-09 level: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized Experience at this level is defined as experience: teaching firearms instruction and tactics, and techniques and procedures such as; close quarters battle, defensive tactics, hand-to-hand combat, and use of force, etc.; designing and developing exercise objectives, exercise plans, controller/evaluator plans, safety plans, rehearsals, and after action reviews; evaluating training assessment results and determining training strengths and weaknesses; working in groups making recommendations for improvements to training programs; working with databases and ensuring up-to-date records are kept of all training to include rosters, grade sheets, training and evaluation outlines, and training outlines with all sub-components, i.e. lesson plan, audio visual aids, resource lists, job hazard analysis, etc. *OR Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. OR* LL.B. or J.D., if related Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in this announcement.

If selected, the selectee will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in being rated not-qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

If claiming eligibility based on Superior Academic Achievement (only possible at grade 07), applicants must submit a copy of college transcripts or equivalent documents to support education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. For information on Superior Academic Achievement, visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Upon successful submission of the application packet, applicants will receive a confirmation email from USAJOBS. If this email confirmation is not received by the applicant, the application has not yet been accepted by the system.

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.


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NOTE: In addition to the per annum salary for these positions, the selectees will be paid an additional 25% of basic salary for working Sundays, 10% of basic salary for working nights and pay for working holidays. In addition, the selectees are expected to work approximately 11 hours of scheduled overtime per pay period. Payments are made in accordance with applicable Federal pay regulations.

Other Information

Applicants initially appointed to a career-conditional position must serve a 1-year probationary period.

Current permanent federal employees who are selected from this announcement may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

If selected, the selectee will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

Applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment as a condition of employment. This position is also subject to random drug testing.

Required to wear the Security Response Force uniform while working.

Required to have and maintain a valid state driver’s license

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472409400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $40,684.00 to $64,697.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0080-07/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under CTAP and ICTAP, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans, VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, etc.) within the

Control Number: 472409400

Job Announcement Number: BR-PN-VA-GC-17-161