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CLOSING AUGUST 5 and may have a cap so apply soon.

Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division will allow you to utilize your expertise in fingerprint analysis to support criminal investigations carried out by the Secret Service. For more information on the Secret Service click here.

The selectee will serve as Fingerprint Specialist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:

  • Ability to apply technical knowledge of the entry and searching of latent and inked prints in Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices associated with the processing and development of latent prints to serve as a technical authority for assigned programs and apply technical knowledge of the techniques for the processing and development of latent prints. 
  • Ability to advise, consult and assist intelligence and investigative personnel and legal counsel regarding all aspects of handling of physical evidence and material.

Qualifications

You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

GS-9: You qualify for the GS-9 level (starting salary $60,129) if you possess one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level performing duties, such as: basic knowledge of latent print examination acquired through training and study of the principles, techniques, and processes involved in laboratory examinations; chemical, physical and instrumental techniques; and knowledge of laboratory safety and quality control/quality assurance practices.

OR

Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., or a combination of education and experience.

GS-11: You qualify for a GS-11 level (starting salary $72,750) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level performing duties, such as: participating in chemical, physical and instrumental techniques and exercises to develop and compare friction ridges; preparing laboratory reports of examinations; utilizing a variety of computer hardware and software systems, and training or education in testifying as an expert witness.

For more information, see Fingerprint Specialist and GS12 Fingerprint Specialist

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