Job Overview Summary

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Duties

If selected as a Transportation Security Specialist - Explosives (TSS-E) within the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you will serve as technical consultant for the assigned Federal Security Director (FSD) and subordinate managers on all issues involving explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats.
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Responding to and assessing all unresolved checkpoint alarms involving possible explosives, IED components or actual IEDs.
  • Assessing the interrelationships between initiators, power supplies and chemicals and determining if devices are improvised explosives, commercial explosives or homemade explosives as part of the overall determination that the alarm is negative or positive.
  • Developing and providing training to Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) and other appropriate staff concerning the detection of explosive devices, chemicals, power supplies and initiators that terrorists may attempt to carry onto aircraft.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with Federal, state and local law enforcement personnel along with airlines, airports and other personnel from various transportation sectors that will help to improve the overall security of air and other transportation systems.
  • Recommending emergency safety and security procedures to enhance detection of explosive devices and other destructive weapons that may be encountered through various transportation systems.
  • Conducting incident analysis and operational tests of checkpoints and terminals.
  • Working to ensure minimal disruption to passengers and transportation systems.
  • As assigned, serving as a member of inspection teams reviewing explosives procedures and checkpoints at other airports or transportation terminals.

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

H

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status will be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA's in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee's duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.
Who May Apply This job is open to... Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 26.73%.

This position is located at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, MA.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • You must submit a Bomb Disposal Graduation/Certification certificate.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" sections.
Qualifications

Specialized Experience Requirement: For the SV-H Band: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector) that includes performing duties such as:

  • Assisting with bomb program management responsibilities such as participating as a team member on a bomb squad to include ensuring program requirements were followed, making recommendations on procedures or helping implement processes under the direction of a program manager.
  • Responding to alarms involving possible explosives, IED components, or actual IEDs. Assessing the interrelationship between initiators, power supplies, switches, and chemicals to determine if the device is an improvised explosive, commercial explosive, or homemade explosive.
Basic Qualification Requirement: You must be a graduate from an accredited IED/bomb disposal course coupled with field experience as a military or civilian EOD technician or Hazardous Devices Technician. The accredited bomb disposal schools are Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (the joint service military EOD school) or the Hazardous Devices School (civilian). Graduation certificate must be attached to the application or certification in electronic applications with class number and date along with all assignments to squad and military EOD units.

Quality Ranking Factor: Specialized experience acquired within the last five years immediately preceding application has been identified as a Quality Ranking Factor for this position. This means that applicants who have specialized experience within the last five years will receive additional credit for this experience as part of the candidate evaluation process.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. (This position is not considered scientific/professional.) Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on .

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selectees must successfully complete all TSS-Explosives training and on the job training (OJT) requirements to remain in the program. Failure to successfully complete the entire selection process including all TSS-Explosives training and OJT requirements will result in termination of employment.
  • Requires a successful background investigation for a secret level security clearance and must maintain eligibility for designated clearance.
  • Must be available to work various shifts and overtime, as needed.
  • You must be proficient in English (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
  • You must possess United States' Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Exposure to potentially lethal devices and dangerous chemicals is inherent in this position.

Security Clearance

Secret

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the


BENEFITS

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, .

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.


Other Information

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: .

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about including your rights and responsibilities.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, .

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

This position is within the Technical category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan. Positions within this category may have a career progression potential up to the level 5.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information .

View of terms found in this announcement. and possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

This is not a Law Enforcement position and is not covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay or Law Enforcement Retirement.

This is an Emergency Essential position.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.