Transportation Security Administration Transportation Security Inspector - Explosive Detection Canine Handler in Honolulu, Hawaii

Transportation Security Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Honolulu, HI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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: Click Here


As a Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) with the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you will be responsible for ensuring security compliance of persons and transportation systems/entities regulated under the Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1500 series. You will perform selected assignments and progressively responsible inspection work such as:

  • Conducting regulatory inspections/investigations and supports criminal investigations related to alleged or suspected security violations.
  • Identifying, collecting, and preserving evidence used to support enforcement actions. Assisting in determining when enforcement action should be initiated, preparing enforcement investigation reports, and recommending to TSA counsel the type of action and level of penalty commensurate with the nature and severity of the violation.
  • Providing testimony and participating in enforcement proceedings. Entering data pertinent to investigations, inspections, and incidents into the national database Performance and Results Information System (PARIS).
  • Responding to threats, violations or potential violations and security incidents as defined by the National Incident Management Systems or as directed by the Federal Security Director (FSD) or appropriate authority.
  • Providing overt and covert presence, including at high visibility activities, to detect and reduce identified security threats/vulnerabilities.
  • Reviewing and analyzing assessment reports and testing results with specific attention to identifying unusual trends and actions that appear to have the potential for developing a security/safety problem.
  • Assisting in formulating recommended or alternative courses of action to pursue by regulated parties in order to satisfy security requirements.
  • Participating in activities designed to identify security threats through appropriately deployed technology or techniques as directed by Headquarters (HQ), FSD or Assistant Federal Security Director (AFSD). If selected for a Transportation Security Inspector - Explosives Detection Canine Handler position, in addition to the duties assigned to all TSIs outlined above, you will also be responsible for the daily care of the canine, including necessary health maintenance care, feeding/watering, and grooming of the assigned canine and maintaining safe and sanitary conditions in the kennels and home environment. The handler is responsible for conducting proficiency training as mandated by TSA in order to pass and maintain annual certification standards. The handler/canine are responsible for screening cargo and searching wide and narrow body aircraft, terminals, luggage, facilities, vehicles and other venues for the presence of explosives, as directed. Maintain necessary training and utilization records as identified by TSA and operates a government vehicle equipped with a kennel to transport the canine to various work sites and home. Conducts random patrols and routine sweeps at various areas within the transportation environment to provide a visual deterrent for criminal or terrorist activity. Respond to threats that affect transportation operations or public safety as necessary.

Note: The duties of this position are performed under close guidance and supervision using basic technical inspection knowledge acquired in formal core training and OJT. Assignments typically include inspection work in which established policies and procedures cover virtually all of the work, with little or no room for discretion.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • You must successfully complete a training course (maybe up to five weeks).
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" sections.

To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band, you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) as outlined below:

A. Experience: For those qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline three (3) years of progressively responsible general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the SV-F or GS-4 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent in the private sector. Such experience will demonstrate the ability to: analyze problems, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.


B. Education: Bachelor's or higher-level degree in any field from an accredited college or university.


C. *Combining of Education and Experience:* Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the position; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the position; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position.

*Note:*For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

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.

Basic Security Inspections Training Course: The selectee will be required to attend an up to 5-week course in Oklahoma City, OK. The Basic Security Inspections Course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to conduct security inspections and assessments, including using legal and regulatory documents that govern transportation security.

Additional Training/Instruction Course: The selectee will be required to attend a 10-12 week canine handler course which is held at the Canine Training and Explosives Branch, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

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

*Conditions of Employment: *TSA canine handlers are generally granted the use of a Government vehicle, typically referred to as Home-to-Work authority, for the efficient care and transportation of canines. The Department of Homeland Security prohibits authorization of Home-To Work Transportation to employees who live more than 50 miles from their duty station of record. Therefore, as a Condition of Employment, all persons hired to canine handler positions must reside within a 50-mile radius of the official duty station for the position. This Condition of Employment must be met by the time of appointment.

  • You must be available to work various shifts, including frequently changing and uncommon tours of duty.
  • You must be willing to undertake extensive travel, at times overnight, as required.
  • You must be available for "on call" work and be available for duty within the U.S. and possibly worldwide to protect U.S. transportation interests.
  • You must pass a Background Investigation (BI) and maintain eligibility for a clearance at the Secret level.
  • You must successfully complete the Basic Security Inspections Course described below.
  • You must successfully complete the NEDCTP Canine Handler Course described below.
  • You must hold a valid driver's license.
  • You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing. Physical Demands: Must maintain physical agility to meet work requirements of regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending, and stooping. Work will require driving or traveling by motor vehicle. The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk or discomforts that require special safety precautions.

If selected for this position, you will be eligible to receive hazardous duty pay based on the nature of this position and the condition of employment which requires you to be able and willing to work with various hazardous chemicals including explosives.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire and Writing Skills Assessment 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 Candidate Dashboard.


Review our 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, click here .

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 E-Verify 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, click here .

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 click here .

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Veterans and persons with disabilities 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.

Salary Range: $53,077.00 to $82,236.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-1801-G/G

Promotion Potential: G

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 16.81% and Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) of 12.05%. This position is located at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, HI.

Control Number: 452730100

Job Announcement Number: HNL-16-187120