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Below is a list of Federal Vacancies in Law Enforcement and Protective Service which are continuously OPEN throughout the government. Please read each position and series description carefully, so you know which vacancy will be best suited for you. In many cases, even though you may not possess enough education or background experience to qualify for a full title position, you may still be able to enter the Civil Service System at the entry-level and the government may train you for higher level jobs. (Please note, there are NO FEES required on this website.)
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This Job Series covers positions involving the correctional treatment, custody, and supervision of criminal offenders in correctional institutions or community-based correctional treatment or rehabilitation facilities. Positions in this series have as their paramount requirement the knowledge and application of correctional skills and techniques.
This Job Series includes positions the duties of which are to supervise, manage, and/or perform work in the conservation and use of Federal park resources. This involves functions such as park conservation; natural, historical, and cultural resource management; and the development and operation of interpretive and recreational programs for the benefit of the visiting public. Duties characteristically include assignments such as: forest and structural fire control; protection of property from natural or visitor related depredation; dissemination to visitors of general, historical, or scientific information; folk-art and craft demonstration; control of traffic and visitor use of facilities; enforcement of laws and regulations; investigation of violations. complaints, trespass/encroachment, and accidents; search and rescue missions; and management activities related to resources such as wildlife, lakeshores, seashores, forests, historic buildings, battlefields, archeological properties, and recreation areas.
This Job Series covers positions that involve classifying, searching, verifying, and filing fingerprints and other vestigial prints (such as footprints or palm prints) for identifying persons. The work requires a knowledge of the methods used in fingerprint classification and identification.
This Job Series covers positions that supervise or perform work to control and extinguish fires, rescue persons endangered by fire, and reduce or eliminate potential fire hazards. It also covers fire service positions that control hazardous materials incidents; train personnel in fire protection and prevention; operate fire communications equipment; develop and implement fire protection and prevention plans, procedures, and standards; and advise on improvements to structures for better fire prevention. Positions in this series require a knowledge of firefighting and fire prevention theory and techniques, a knowledge of fixed and mobile firefighting equipment operation; and/or the ability to plan, direct, or carry out fire protection and prevention programs and operations.
This Job Series covers positions involving a range of law enforcement responsibilities including serving of civil writs and criminal warrants issued by Federal courts; tracing and arresting persons wanted under court warrants; seizing and disposing of property under court orders; safeguarding and transporting prisoners; providing for the physical security of court facilities and personnel; providing for the physical security of jurors and key Government witnesses and their families; preventing civil disturbances or restoring order in riot and mob violence situations; and performing other special law enforcement duties as directed by a court order or by the Department of Justice. These positions require ability in locating and identifying wanted persons or property, knowledge of court procedure, basic knowledge of business records and practices, knowledge of Federal and State laws which deputies must enforce, as well as relevant court decisions, and ability to deal with persons from all levels of society.
This Job Series includes positions the primary duties of which are the performance or supervision of law enforcement work in the preservation of the peace; the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes; the arrest or apprehension of violators; and the provision of assistance to citizens in emergency situations, including the protection of civil rights. The purpose of police work is to assure compliance with Federal, State, county and municipal laws and ordinances, and agency rules and regulations pertaining to law enforcement work.
This Job Series includes positions the primary duties of which are the performance or supervision of protective services work in guarding Federally owned or leased buildings and property; protecting Government equipment and material; and controlling access to Federal installations by employees, visitors, residents, and patients. The purpose of security guard work is to protect and prevent loss of materials or processes which are important for national defense, for public health or safety, or as national treasures.
This Job Series includes all classes of positions the duties of which are to provide or supervise nonprofessional interpretive and guide services to visitors to parks, damns and other sites of public interest. The work involves giving formal talks, interpreting natural and historic features, explaining engineering structures and related water resource developments, answering questions, guiding tours, and providing miscellaneous services to visitors. Incidental duties are performed in connection with responsibility for visitor safety and protection of historic and scientific objects and natural or engineering features.
This Job Series includes all classes of positions which involve professional and scientific work in administering, directing, or exercising administrative and technical control over programs, regulatory activities, projects, or operations which are concerned with the conservation and management of fishery resources, wildlife resources, or fish and wildlife resources.
This Job Series includes positions the duties of which are to administer, advise on, supervise, or perform quasi-legal work involved in the review, evaluation and examination of applications for United States passports and for the privileges and services that involve citizenship determinations; and/or application for United States visas and for the privileges and services that involve determinations of aliens’ fitness for admission to this country.
This Job Series includes all classes of positions the duties of which are to collect delinquent taxes, canvass for unreported taxes due and secure delinquent returns where performance of the work requires application of a knowledge of:
- general or specialized business practices;
- internal revenue laws, regulations, procedures and precedents;
- judicial processes, laws of evidence, and the interrelationship between Federal and State laws with respect to the collection and assessment processes;
- investigative techniques and methods.
This Job Series includes positions that involve planning and conducting investigations covering the character, practices, suitability, or qualifications of persons or organizations seeking, claiming, or receiving Federal benefits, permits, or employment with the results of the investigation are used to make or invoke administrative judgments sanctions, or penalties. These positions require primarily a knowledge of investigative techniques, a knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, and objectives of the employing agency; skill in interviewing, following leads, researching records, and preparing reports; and the ability to elicit information helpful to the investigation from persons in all walks of life.
This Job Series includes positions that involve planning and conducting investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of criminal laws. These positions require primarily a knowledge of investigative techniques and a knowledge of the laws of evidence, the rules of criminal procedure, and precedent court decisions concerning admissibility of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure related issues; the ability to recognize, develop and present evidence that reconstructs events, sequences, and time elements, and establishes relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, conflicts of interest, in a manner that meets requirements for presentation in various legal hearings and court proceedings; and skill in applying the techniques required in performing such duties as maintaining surveillance, performing undercover work, and advising and assisting the U.S. Attorney in and out of court.
This Job Series includes all classes of positions the duties of which are to administer, coordinate, supervise, or perform inspectional, investigative, or advisory work to assure public understanding of and compliance with Federal statutes and regulations for the conservation of fish and wildlife resources; in obtaining information on the general condition of such resources; and in the conduct of operations for the abatement of damage to agricultural crops caused by unusual concentrations of wildlife.
This Job Series includes positions which have duties involving the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents involving United States aircraft anywhere in the world, and in the establishment of programs and procedures to provide for the notification and reporting of accidents. The investigation includes a report of facts, conditions, and circumstances relating to each accident and a determination of the probable cause of the accident along with recommendations for remedial action designed to prevent similar accidents in the future. Special studies and investigations on matters pertaining to safety in air navigation and the prevention of accidents are conducted to ascertain what will best tend to reduce or eliminate the possibility of, or recurrence of, accidents. These duties and responsibilities require the application of a broad technical knowledge in the field of aviation, and experience or training which provides a knowledge of investigative techniques and/or legal procedures and practices.
Implements security-screening procedures that are central to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) objectives and that will serve to protect the traveling public by preventing any deadly or dangerous objects from being transported onto an aircraft. Assists in conducting screening of passengers, baggage and cargo. May be required to conduct screening at any airport that provides commercial services to the public. Assists in monitoring the flow of passengers through the screening checkpoint to facilitate the orderly and efficient processing of passengers. Maintains close communication with supervisors regarding any issues that might reveal a weakness or vulnerable area of security screening that is discovered in the course of screening duties. Participates in information briefings concerning security-sensitive or classified information.
This Job Series includes inspection or examining work involving the enforcement and administration of laws relating to the right of persons to enter, reside in, or depart from the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Inspection work requires knowledge of laws, regulations, procedures and policies concerning entry of persons to the United States and eligibility for various benefits under the immigration laws; ability to acquire information about citizenship and status through interviewing persons and examining documents; ability to make sound decisions to enter or exclude aliens from the United States and to determine eligibility for benefits under the immigration laws; and sound judgement in detaining or apprehending persons at the point of entry who are violating immigration or other laws.
This Job Series includes positions concerned with work involving the qualification and inspection of establishments engaged in the production or use of alcohol or tobacco products; the assurance of full collection of revenue on alcohol and tobacco products; the development and interpretation of regulations applicable to such establishments; and the development, analysis, and improvement of programs, procedures, and techniques for regulating establishment involved in producing and using alcohol and tobacco products. Positions in this series require specialized knowledge of:
- the construction, equipment, and operations of facilities in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms and related industries together with the laws and regulations that control them.
- inspectional or examining techniques applicable to these industries
- audit methods
This Job Series includes positions that involve the inspection of slaughter, processing, packaging, shipping, and storing of meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, fish and fish products; meat products derived from equines, and food establishments engaged in these activities in order to determine compliance with law and regulations which establish standards for the protection of the consumer by assuring them that products distributed to them are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled and packaged. Performance of the work in this series requires the knowledge of normal conditions of live and slaughtered meat, poultry, and fish; of standards of wholesomeness and sanitation of meat, poultry and fish products; and of the processing and sanitation of the food production industry or industries inspected.
This Job Series includes positions involves positions involved in law enforcement concerned with:
- detecting and preventing the smuggling into or out of the United States contraband and controlled substances and materials
- detecting and preventing theft, pilferage, or diversion of merchandise, cargo, or other materials from areas under Customs jurisdiction or custody;
- detecting and apprehending suspected violators of the criminal provisions of the Customs Laws of the United States.
Enforcement duties are carried out by patrol and surveillance at, around, and between international ports of entry of the United States. Such work requires knowledge and understanding of Customs and related laws, instructions, and precedent decisions; ability to evaluate information; ability to make timely decisions and apply judgement in taking prompt and appropriate actions in all situations and ability to effectively use basic investigative and law enforcement procedures to enforce the Customs laws and other laws which the Customs Patrol Officer may be called upon to enforce or to assist in enforcing.
This Job Series includes positions that involve inspection work in the enforcement and administration of laws governing the importation or exportation of merchandise. The work requires knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and procedures concerning the entry, examination, classification, and release of merchandise; ability to obtain data about the description, characteristics, value, and country of origin of merchandise by questioning people, examining merchandise, and reviewing documents; ability to search baggage, persons, cargo, and carriers for contraband; ability to make sound decisions to admit and to hold or release merchandise; and sound judgement in detaining and apprehending persons at the point of entry who are violating customs or other laws.
This Job Series includes all classes of positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, or perform work involving the examination, acceptance, processing, or issuance of documents required for the entry of imported merchandise into the United States and the initial classification of merchandise covered by the entries; the determination of customs duties and applicable internal revenue taxes accruing on such merchandise; the ascertainment of drawback to be paid on exported articles manufactured with the use of duty-paid or tax-paid imported merchandise or substituted domestic merchandise; and the determination of the validity of protests against liquidation decisions on formal entries.
This Job Series includes positions responsible for maintaining effective control of merchandise stored in customs bonded warehouses until import fees are paid, or other arrangements for the release of the merchandise are approved. These positions oversee all the activities in the warehouse operations to insure compliance with customs regulations for bonded warehouses and to protect the Government from loss of revenue. Positions in this series require application of knowledges of laws and regulations related to customs storage procedures as well as knowledge of appropriate control, inspection and customs examination techniques.
This Job Series includes positions involved in enforcement work concerned with:
- detecting and preventing the smuggling or illegal entry of aliens into the United States
- detecting and apprehending aliens in violation of the conditions under which they are admitted
- detecting and apprehending aliens at interior points in the United States who entered illegally
- detecting and apprehending aliens falsely claiming United States citizenship or legal status
- detecting and apprehending producers, vendors and users of counterfeit, altered and genuine documents used to circumvent the immigration and nationality laws of the United States
- enforcing criminal provisions of the immigration and nationality laws and regulations of the United States.
Such work requires knowledge and understanding of the statutes, regulations, instructions and precedent decisions pertaining to the enforcement of the immigration and nationality laws, ability to evaluate information rapidly, make timely decisions and take prompt and appropriate actions, and the ability to use effectively basic investigative and law enforcement procedures to enforce the immigration and nationality laws and other laws which the Border Patrol Agent may be called upon to enforce or assist in enforcing.
This Job Series includes all classes of positions the duties of which are to supervise or perform work involved in dispatching or scheduling motor vehicles, trains, aircraft, or vessels used for the transportation of passengers, mail, equipment, or supplies. The duties of these positions are primarily of an office or a clerical nature and involve assigning vehicles, keeping records and reports, and providing route and destination information and instructions to the drivers, engineers, or pilots.
This Job Series includes positions concerned with:
- the control of air traffic to insure the safe, orderly and expeditious movement along air routes and at airports when a knowledge of aircraft separation standards and control techniques, and the ability to apply them properly, often under conditions of great stress, are required
- the providing of pre-flight and in-flight assistance to aircraft requiring a knowledge of the information pilots need to conduct safe flights and the ability to present that information clearly and concisely
- the development, coordination, and management of air traffic control programs. Positions in this occupation require an extensive knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing the movement of air traffic.
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