This vacancy announcement will be open for 6 months OR until all
positions are filled. Resumes will be provided to management every
2 weeks from the opening date of the announcement to the date is
Please note that total salary range indicated in this
announcement will be adjusted to include locality payment for
selected duty location. General schedule locality pay table may be
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If selected for this position, the incumbent will serve as a
Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) assigned to one of the field
or satellite offices identified above within the field division of
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Typical work assignments will include:
- Planning and conducting criminal investigations, operations,
searches, seizure, or arrests.
- Using undercover operations to purchase contraband, observe
illegal activities, or obtain additional intelligence.
- Assisting in enforcing criminal violations within the scope of
ATF's enforcement activities.
- Participating in public relations activities.
- Obtaining evidence sufficient to justify probable cause of
issuing a warrant.
- Observing suspects habits and movements to determine the source
of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, explosives, bombs, or component
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more
complex as your training and experience progress.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Background investigation, credit check, and drug test and
submit to random drug test are required.
- You must be registered for Selective Service, if
- If selected, you may be required to complete a one year
- Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade
requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this
- You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days
after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in
- Must possess current and valid automobile operators
- Pass the Pre-employment Physical Task Test (PTT). The passing
score for the PTT can be found at: https://www.atf.gov/careers/pre-employment-physical-task-test
- Sign a mobility statement and agree to be relocated at any time
to any office in the United States, to include U.S. territories.
All candidates will be required to perform a minimum of 3-5 years
at their initial duty station.
- Pass a polygraph examination.
- Pass a firearms proficiency test and carry a firearm and
- Medical Requirements: You must be found to be physically fit by
an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and
physically demanding duties.
- Age Requirements: You must be at least 21 years of age and not
older than 36 at the time of appointment.
- Law Enforcement Training: You must have successfully completed
and passed Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal
Investigator training program (CITP), OR an equivalent and
recognized federal law enforcement training program.
GS-11: To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must meet ONE of
Specialize Experience: To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you
must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the
GS-9 level. Specialized experience is defined as conducting the
full range of criminal investigations using accepted methodology
and problem solving techniques; obtaining investigative leads and
factual data; participating in operational planning, searches,
seizures, and arrests; reviewing evidence; and preparing case
reports at the conclusion of a criminal investigation;
Education: Must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.
Combination of education and experience: To qualify must have an
appropriate combination of successfully completed graduate level
education and experience. To determine your combination, first
compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed
above; then determine your education as a percentage of the
education listed above; then add the two percentages. The total
percentages must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate
education in excess of two full years (36 semester hours) may be
used to qualify.
Must submit official or unofficial transcripts to verify
GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, you must have ONE
full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level.
Specialized experience is defined as conducting the full range of
criminal investigations of greater than average complexity and
importance using accepted methodology and problem solving
techniques; serving as a lead agent in planning and conducting
investigations, operations, searches, seizures, or arrests;
reviewing evidence; and preparing case reports at the conclusion of
a criminal investigation.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP
provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees
with selection priority over other candidates for competitive
service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that
you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you
may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your
ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the
announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.
To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification
requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or
better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of
eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a
copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of
your separation personnel action form. Additional information about
ICTAP eligibility is at:
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The CTAP provides
eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the
Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates
for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice
component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or
displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive
selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP
eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this
announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.
To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification
requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or
better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of
your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your
application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a
college or university that has obtained accreditation or
pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the
U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this
criteria, see http://www.ed.gov
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be
used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that
the foreign education is comparable to that received in an
accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your
responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof
of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing
agency with your application materials. More information may be
All documentation must be in English or include an English