Economics Assistant - Department of Labor - New York, NY

Duties

Summary

This position is located with the U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau Labor Statistics Boston Region. There is one position for this announcement, with regular work primarily in the boroughs of Brooklyn & Staten Island. There may also be work assignments in the other boroughs of New York City. Job requires that employee go to retail stores, businesses and residences in the local area to gather the required information. If required, employee will be given notification to appear at a specified office. Relocation expenses will not be provided.

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: THIS IS A PERMANENT PART-TIME POSITION 16-32 HOURS. The initial average hours per week will be 30 hours and may fluctuate based on workload and training requirements. This is not a job for a person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when it is required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. This position will not lead to a permanent full-time position. This position is an Economic Assistant position in a regional Division of Price Programs. Incumbents of the position have responsibility for the collection of data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Assignments are designed to develop technical competence in the CPI Program. NOTE: Visits to residences are necessary and evening and weekend work is scheduled. Work in retail stores is typically completed during normal business hours. In addition, you must travel to the Bureau of Labor Statistics training center in Washington, D.C. two times during the first 18 months for mandatory classroom training as follows: Two (2) week introductory commodities and services training and One (1) week of advanced data collection. Additionally, you will attend mandatory Housing survey training in your local area during the first year.

VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED - Driving conditions will include highway and local streets, and driving at night and in adverse weather conditions. This position has promotion potential to the grade of GS-07. This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.
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Responsibilities

Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. Duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax/web.

2. Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews.

3. Collecting and entering data on a hand held computer.

4. Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents.

5. Traveling to office to have work reviewed during on-the-job training and for monthly meetings.

Travel Required

75% or less - Travel almost everyday.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Subject to frequent travel.
  • Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:The GS-5 level requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in the Economic Assistant field or a related occupation which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience may include: Significant experience in retail sales, cold-calling sales, real estate sales or management, survey or marketing work, interviewers or in-take workers, jobs or volunteer experience that required detailed record keeping, jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills, jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data. Direct contact with, and direct sales to, the public is a plus. Examples of specialized experience include: experience in retail sales; specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and/or service(s) offered by retail stores and businesses to the consumer; knowledge of products and service specifications; real estate experience in selling and public outreach, specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base. General knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices. Knowledge of consumer product and service terminology and characteristics. Familiarity with state, federal and local laws as they relate to consumer products/services especially prices, (i.e., licensing requirements, state taxes, excise taxes, labeling regulations, etc.). Using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing. Using personal computers and application such as windows-based software applications, email, and the internet.

EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in economics, or 24 semester hours of courses in subjects such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics. Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying. Complete application packages must be received by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, this includes copies of college transcripts.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.

The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview.

Education

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Visitor Services Representative - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - Washington DC, DC

Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Division of Museum Services at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Division protects and strengthens the core and impact of the living memorial by managing the Museum's visitor services, group scheduling, volunteer and intern services, and providing related support to other Museum units as needed.
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Responsibilities

This position is that of a Visitor Services Representative providing Museum orientation and information on Museum exhibitions to visitors, enabling them to acquire knowledge about the Holocaust by better utilizing the many resources and learning aids through the public areas of the Museum. In support of these functions, the incumbent performs various assignments in daily Museum floor operations, including assisting with the logistics of opening and closing the Museum, working the Pass Desk, the Groups Desk, the Information Desk, the three Passenger Elevators granting access to the Permanent Exhibit, the Wexner Learning Center, various rover positions and Coat Check.

Travel Required

Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • On-line resumes must be received by 11:59pm EST of the closing date. The
  • work schedule for this position is Thursday-Monday to include holidays and
  • evenings. The incumbent is considered "emergency essential" and may be
  • required to report to work or when other employees are released for
  • administrative reasons or inclement weather.
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Qualifications

GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level.

-OR- 4 years of successfully completed education above high school in any field. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.

-OR- combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester hours) and experience.

Specialized experience for this position is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and related to the duties described in the vacancy announcement.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: The Visitor Services Representatives are occasionally required to perform bending, stretching and moderate lifting activities of objects ranging from boxes of publications, stanchions, and tables and chairs; weights lifted generally range from 10 to 50 pounds.

If selected for the position, you are required to undergo a pre-employment physical examination using the SF-78 "Certificate of Medical Examination" form. You must be able with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the physical requirements considered essential for successful performance of this position. All costs associated with the pre-employment examination will be paid by the Agency. Refusal to be examined or failure to meet physical requirements for the position will be considered as a declination. In addition, if you are a compensable veteran, you must provide a copy of your VA rating certificate (medical determination, including percentage, nature and extent of disability) in advance.


Transportation Security Officer - Transportation Security Officer - Houston, TX

Duties

Summary

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, 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.

Salary Information: The salary range listed above includes locality pay of 31.74%. The current starting hourly rate for this position is $17.85.

Hiring: TSA may apply a gender-specific (male or female) hiring preference to fill TSO positions in order to meet security mission and same gender pat-down job-related requirements. At airport locations where it is necessary to apply the hiring preference, candidates of the needed gender will be provided preference in the scheduling of the computer based aptitude test, airport assessments, processing and selection.

DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.

Securing Travel, Protecting People-At the TSA, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. Across the nation, you will be on the front line of the DHS’s TSA team as they secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Realistic Job Preview: The Realistic Job Preview gives you an honest, objective and vivid portrait of what it means to work as a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) and provides employee testimonies about both the good and the challenging aspects of being a TSO. To view the video, please Click Here.
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Responsibilities

For more information on working at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, please Click Here.

Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) provide security and protection of air travelers, airports and aircraft in a courteous and professional manner. This includes:
  • Operating various screening equipment and technology to identify dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and on passengers, and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft.
  • Performing searches and screening, which may include physical interaction with passengers (e.g., pat-downs, search of property, etc.), conducting bag searches and lifting/carrying bags, bins, and property weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Controlling terminal entry and exit points.
  • Interacting with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries.
  • Maintaining focus and awareness while working in a stressful environment which includes noise from alarms, machinery and people, crowd distractions, time pressure, and disruptive and angry passengers, in order to preserve the professional ability to identify and locate potentially life threatening or mass destruction devices, and to make effective decisions in both crisis and routine situations.
  • Engaging in continuous development of critical thinking skills, necessary to mitigate actual and potential security threats, by identifying, evaluating, and applying appropriate situational options and approaches. This may include application of risk-based security screening protocols that vary based on program requirements.
  • Retaining and implementing knowledge of all applicable Standard Operating Procedures, demonstrating responsible and dependable behavior, and is open to change and adapts to new information or unexpected obstacles.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - A minimum of two (2) weeks of travel in a full-time duty status will be required to complete TSA’s New Hire training. New Hire training and travel requirements vary by duty location and may require up to six (6) weeks of full-time duty status travel. This training will occur away from the employee’s airport of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy. While employed with TSA, other occasional travel may be required.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National at time of application submission
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application submission
  • Pass a Drug Screening and Medical Evaluation
  • Pass a background investigation including a credit and criminal check
  • No default on $7,500 or more in delinquent debt (but for some bankruptcies)
  • Selective Service registration required
The qualification requirements listed above must be met at the time of application submission.

Veterans' Preference: TSA will provide employment preference to eligible veterans by applying veterans' preference as defined in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (PL 107-71) and to those eligible under the provisions of Title 5, United States Code (USC), Section 2108.

Selective Service Registration Requirement: TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. To find out if you initially meet the Selective Service registration requirement for TSA employment, please Click Here.

Credit: Applicants must not have delinquent Federal or State taxes, past due child support payments, and must not have defaulted on $7,500 or more in delinquent debt (except for some bankruptcies).

E-Verify: 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.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet these qualifications in order to be further evaluated in the TSO hiring process:
  • Have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) credential OR at least one year of full-time work experience in the security industry, aviation screening, or as an X-ray technician
  • Be proficient in the English language (i.e., able to read, write, speak, and comprehend)
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.


Communications Assistant - Millennium Challenge Corporation - Washington DC, DC

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Congressional and Public Affairs (CPA), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which is charged with communicating information about the Corporation activities, programs, Compact results and policies to engage the public, the private sector, and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, and other Federal agencies.

This is an excepted service appointment, not-to-exceed one (1) year, under the MCC Pathways Internship Program. After successful completion of the program requirements, at the discretion of MCC, the individual may be converted to a term or permanent appointment. An intern converted to a term appointment may be subsequently converted non-competitively into a permanent competitive service position before the term expires.

Students appointed may work full-time or part-time (as their class schedule allows) while school is in session, and full-time (depending upon the needs of the agency) when students are on a vacation period or whenever the school is officially closed.
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Responsibilities

As a Communications Assistant, (Pathways Intern), you will assist CPA staff with:
  • Preparing media and communications materials including press advisories and releases, media briefers, responses to media inquiries, press questions and answers, and basic talking points.Drafting engaging content for social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Creating press lists and draft media pitches.
  • Posting press releases and related materials to the MCC website, and send out to press distribution lists.
  • Supporting the preparation and execution for press conferences, interviews and other activities.
  • Supporting collection and internal dissemination of daily news clips.
  • Participating in general media monitoring as directed around topics of importance.
  • Attending events to capture content for social media and providing a readout to CPA staff.
  • Creating timely analytics reports for press activities.

Travel Required

Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 120 days

Qualifications

To be eligible for this internship position the following requirements must be met:

Academic Enrollment: You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.

Good Academic Standing: Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

To qualify for pay band 5 level you must also meet the following:

Applicants must have completed 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in public affairs, journalism, communications or a closely related field;

OR

Applicants have 1 year of specialized experience at, or equivalent the MCC pay band 5 or GS-4 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: experience assisting with preparing media and communications materials such as press releases, media briefers, responses to media inquiries, press questions and answers, and basic talking points; and experience assisting with preparing content for social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

OR

Equivalent combinations of the education and experience above may be combined to meet the total qualification requirements.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit may be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. To receive credit you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.

Education

Only degrees from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be evaluated for US equivalency to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.


RECREATION ASSISTANT - Department of the Army - Fort Belvoir, VA

Duties

Summary

The Area of Consideration for this vacancy announcement is Surrounding Area. (Military Spouse Preference (MSP) and Involuntarily Separated Military Preference (ISMP) eligible candidates are included in the area of consideration.)

This position is located at MWR/GYM/PHYSICAL FITNESS.
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Responsibilities

Assist in the planning markets and conducts an ongoing program to provide conditioning programs for facility users. Instructs in the proper conditioning and training for aerobic and muscular fitness, and flexibility.

Travel Required

Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required
  • Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position
  • A one year probationary period may be required
  • Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-Verify) check
  • Completed and signed DA Form 3433 is required prior to entrance on duty
  • Subject satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks in accordance with AR 215-3.

Qualifications

1.Demonstrated work experience that enables the candidate to independently carry out a basic physical fitness program, and a Fitness or Personal Trainer Certificate.


Purchasing Agent - Department of the Army - Fort Belvoir, VA

Duties

Summary

About the Position: Serves as a Purchasing Agent at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command - Fort Belvoir (MICC-Fort Belvoir) office in a developmental capacity. Incumbent's overall responsibility will be assisting with procurement of supplies, services, and construction utilizing the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) in support of installation and garrison operations on Fort Belvoir and other installations in the National Capital Region to include Fort Detrick, Fort Meade, Fort AP Hill, Arlington National Cemetery, Joint-Base Henderson Hall and Fort Myers. Place of duty is Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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Responsibilities

  • Assist with reviews of the documents for completeness and ensure procurement actions are implemented in accordance with program needs, applicable federal acquisition regulations, laws, rules and regulations.
  • Helps the contract specialist determine the most effective purchasing methods and strategies to be applied based on cost, urgency, availability of supplies, and use of mandatory schedules.
  • Assist with advising customers on preparing requisitions, developing specifications, identifying qualified sources and interpreting and applying pertinent procurement regulations and policies.
  • Assist with administering small purchases that require extensive monitoring and oversight.

Travel Required

Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Must meet Defense Acquisition Act (DAWIA) Level 2 certification in Purchasing within 24 months.

Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education/experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

GS-05: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes acquiring supplies, items and services through small purchases, delivery orders, and purchase orders; and determining the appropriate procedures to use to obtain goods and services that will meet basic requirements and conform to purchasing regulations.

OR

Education: Four years of education above the high school level obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education beyond two years (total semester hours minus 60) by 60. Add the two percentages.

GS-06: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes purchasing/acquiring a wide variety of supplies and services; preparing documents including purchase orders involving multiple terms and conditions; processing delivery orders and/or task orders; reviewing quotes for completeness and accuracy.

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


GS-07: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing the following duties: independently negotiated for price reductions; monitored vendor performance; purchased supplies and services through competitive open market procedures and/or against established contracts; assisted customers with procurement rules and understanding the use of mandatory supply sources.

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.



You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Acquisition Strategy
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Written Communication

Laborer - Department of the Navy - Great Lakes, IL

Duties

Summary

Morale, Welfare and Recreation provides Sailors and their families the finest facilities, programs and activities to meet their recreational and social needs, encouraging individual values, aids retention, and provides the physical, mental and social needs of a mobile Navy. 
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Responsibilities

Perform any combination of the following duties, as directed by the Golf Course Superintendent, to maintain grounds and turf of golf course in playing conditions; to apply prescribed amounts of fertilizer, seed.  Exercise care not to injure turf or shrubs. Cut turf on green and tee areas, fairways, rough and banks, using lightweight power mowing equipment.  Connect hose and sprinkler systems at designated points on course to irrigate turf, digs and rakes ground to prepare new greens, grade, and traps, and repair roadbeds, using shovel, rakes, spades, and other tools.  May plant, trim trees and shrubs. Weed and maintain sand traps and flower gardens.
75%    Maintenance (Upkee p of the Grounds):  Water, whip, aerify, seed, fertilize fairways, golfing greens and putting greens.  Water, repair, fertilize and seed the driving range area. Cut, water, fertilize trees and shrubs.  Maintain sand traps and water holes.  Perform corrective maintenance on structures and facilities used by the golfers.  Change cups and set up course for daily play.
20%              Maintenance (General):  Maintenance and upkeep of golf course maintenance buildings which may include sweeping floors and other housekeeping procedures.  Help Mechanic by washing equipment, greasing, checking and changing oil and sharpening rotary blades.
5%      Perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

PLEASE READ THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE ADDRESSED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.
KEY REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. http://www.sss.gov
Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program.
A favorable background is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain a favorable background may result in the withdrawal of the position offer or removal. 

Qualifications

Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
Possess sound basic knowledge in the operation of lawnmowers, greens mowers, hand tools and other equipment assigned to the upkeep of the grounds.  Basic knowledge of the game of golf.   Experience in golf course and grounds maintenance is desirable. Ability to perform manual labor.  Ability to learn golf maintenance procedures.  Must be 18 years old or older to operate equipment with exposed moving parts.
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.
As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Relocation Expenses will NOT be paid

Entry Specialist - Department of Homeland Security - San Francisco, CA

Summary

Who May Apply:
Organizational Location: This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Center of Excellence and Expertise. The selections will be made and oversight of these positions will be maintained by the Field Office, but the physical locations of the positions will remain in the duty location chosen.

Field Office Center:
Atlanta- Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising (CPMM)
Buffalo- Industrial & Manufacturing Materials (IMM)
Chicago- Base metals (BM)
Detroit- Automotive & Aerospace (AA)
Houston- Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals (PNGM)
Laredo- Machinery (MACH)
Los Angeles- Electronics (ELEC)
Miami- Agriculture & Prepared Products (APP)
New York- Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals (PHC)
San Francisco- Apparel, Footwear & Textiles (AFT)

Please note:
Due to multiple vacancies per duty location; you may be contacted by selecting officials from different Centers of Excellence and Expertise locations.

It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible in order receive consideration as this announcement will close on May 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET or on the day we receive 250 applicants (whichever comes first).

GS Salary: Visit this link to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States" pay table.
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Responsibilities

Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your technical and administrative expertise to provide advice on the use of automated systems related to the entry process. This position starts at a salary of $33,394 (GS-05, Step 1) to $53,773 (GS-07, Step 10) with promotion potential to $79,586 (GS-11, Step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to perform homeland security by contributing to the process of entering merchandise into the United States.

In this Entry Specialist position, you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals responsible for a wide range of admissibility and control requirements. Typical work assignments include:
  • Providing customer service to Customs brokers, importers and carriers by responding to processing questions related to importation of merchandise.
  • Resolving discrepancies in the Automated Commercial System (ACS) or Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for entry processing to prevent liquidation, suspension, closure or other action.
  • Providing advice on various filer based transactions and collecting and depositing revenue for imported merchandise.
  • Managing the entire ACS/ACE protest and claims module to ensure accountability, accurate tracking, and proper disposition.
  • Analyzing a variety of ACS/ACE reports to ensure filer integrity and compliance with laws, rules and regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing

Qualifications

GS-5: You qualify at the GS-5 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience that demonstrated the ability to interpret and correctly apply laws, rules, and regulations; and deal effectively with others to secure their cooperation in complying with requirements. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the skills necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non specialized tasks) is not creditable.

GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience to include working with and observing a higher graded entry specialist in the processing of entries; examining assigned entry forms, invoices, entry permits, and other forms; applying conversion tables of foreign weights and measures and verifying the conversion of foreign currency to United States currency as submitted on the assigned entry; and searching for and assembling pertinent information from office files and records.

OR

Education Substitution


GS-5: You may substitute the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

GS-7: You may substitute the successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.

OR

GS-7: You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or have a class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. Refer to www.cbp.gov for additional information.

OR

Combining Experience and Education: To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages. The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level, by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100%.

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 meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 05/11/2018.

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.

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.

Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:
  1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
  2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
  3. Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Education

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.