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Company name
United States Customs and Border Protection


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Security Clearance, Agriculture, Operations, Manager

Posted on
Apr 28, 2020

Valid Through
Aug 11, 2020

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As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.,educationRequirements:Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.,employmentType:FULL_TIME,hiringOrganization:Customs and Border Protection,jobLocation:[{@type:Place,address:{@type:PostalAddress,addressLocality:Washington,addressRegion:DC }},{@type:Place,address:{@type:PostalAddress,addressLocality:Sterling,addressRegion:VA }}],responsibilities:Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison in Washington, DC.

Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your expertise to detect and prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen Homeland Security by providing advice and consulting on programs that involve law enforcement activities related to the import and export of agriculture, commodities and baggage entering and/or exiting the United States. This position starts at a salary of $121,316.00 (GS-14, Step 1) to $157,709.00 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $157,709 (GS-14 Step 10).

In this position you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals detecting and preventing terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Typical work assignments include:

\tPlans, organizes, coordinates, controls, and evaluates the activities of an organization
\tDirects the determination of levels of risk for possible violations of laws and threats to national security, economic and agricultural interest
\tDirects the gathering and analysis of information from all available sources including USDA, conducts a wide range of record checks using a variety of databases, systems, and tactical intelligence to identify associated risks
\tResponsible for ensuring that assigned programs and processes are covered by internal controls and that appropriate precautions are taken to prevent fraud, waste, and misuse of resources in accordance with the Federal Managers' Integrity Act (FMIA)
\tManages the development, assignment, and higher-level clearance of goals and objectives of lower level organizational levels
,qualifications:You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:

\tManaging a professional, technical, and/or administrative program or program segment that had regional/multi-state impact
\tProviding expert and authoritative advice on program issues to officials of other organizations, and developing alternative inspection programs designed to facilitate low risk arrivals and supports programs designed to secure supply chains
\tDirecting the review and analysis of carriers', importers', and exporters' manifests, permits, certificates, entries, invoices, and associated documents to establish the validity, authenticity, admissibility, and extent of inspection of passenger baggage, commodities, cargo, merchandise, and/or conveyances
\tDirecting the gathering and analysis of information from all available sources including USDA, and conducting a wide range of record checks using a variety of databases, systems, and tactical intelligence to identify associated risks

Education/Experience Requirement: You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences (including botany, entomology, and plant pathology), agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines (e.g., ecology). If you have not completed the above described education, you must have completed at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline at an accredited college or university plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience may include working in such areas as pest management, environmental monitoring, farm management, agricultural commodity importation and/or exportation, or other related experience in pest/pathogen detection, regulation, eradication, and control.

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.

You must:

\tMeet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
\tMeet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 05/05/2020.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Security Clearance: This position requires a security clearance. If selected for this position, you should be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.

Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a current valid State driver's license at the time of appointment.

Data Systems: You will be required to maintain access to all data systems necessary for duty execution.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the \Required Documents\ section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher.

Training: You may be required to attend 8-12 weeks of paid training at the Professional Development center in Frederick, Maryland.

If you are not a current GS-0401, and you are selected, you will have to meet the following medical/physical standards:
Medical Requirements: The Agriculture Specialist position has medical qualification standards. A pre-placement medical examination is required to ensure those tasked with the position's responsibilities are medically and physically capable of performing the essential tasks and job functions in an efficient and safe manner without endangering the health and safety of co-workers, the public, or oneself. Persons in this position must demonstrate they are physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the position. The medical qualification standards cover any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient performance of the job duties or training may constitute grounds for medical disqualification. The medical standards also include specific vision and hearing requirements as noted below.

Vision: Distant Visual Acuity: Must be at least 20/30 or better in the best eye with or without correction. Individuals who have undergone refractive eye surgeries/procedures (e.g., photorefractive laser surgery, keratoplast, LASIK) may be qualified provided they have no post-operative adverse complications and they meet the vision requirements.Near Vision: Must be 20/30 or better Snellen with or without corrective lenses.Color Vision: Must be able to distinguish colors (i.e., red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple, pink, brown, black, white, gray). Use of an X-chrome lens is not acceptable.Visual Fields: a minimum of 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian.

Hearing: Hearing level in each ear must not exceed 40 decibels (dB) for the average of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz (Hz). The difference in hearing level between the better ear thresholds and worse ear thresholds may not exceed 15dB for the average of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz. The difference in hearing level between the better ear and worse ear may not exceed 30dB at 4000 or 6000 Hz. The use of hearing aids to meet the standards is acceptable.

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