Company: United States Secret Service
Posted on: November 25, 2022
During the course of their careers, special agents carry out
assignments in both investigations and protection and may be
assigned to multiple duty stations throughout the U.S. and abroad.
- Providing protection for various protectees.
- Conducting criminal investigations pertaining to financial
obligations of the United States.
- Planning and implementing security designs for National Special
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. citizenship is required
- Possess a current valid driver's license
- You must obtain a Top Secret Clearance and retain it during
Conditions of Employment you will be required to:
- Possess uncorrected visual acuity of no worse than 20/100
binocular, possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in
each eye.(Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries
are acceptable eye surgeries for special agent applicants.
Applicants will be considered eligible for the special agent
position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following
are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-2 months after surgery,
PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after
- Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 25
decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the
500,1000, and 2000Hz ranges.
- Be at least age 21 at the time of application and less than age
37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment,
unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian Law
Enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or
firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory
retirement. Applicants with veteran's preference must receive a
conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to
continue in the application process.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug
testing while you occupy the position. Disclose any prior drug use,
attempted use, and/or experimentation.
- Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is
mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any
time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic
violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was
expunged or set aside.
- Complete 13 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center(FLETC)in Glynco,GA and 18 weeks of
specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in
Laurel,MD. Failure to pass the training program on the first
attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service. Click
- Sign a mobility agreement stating your willingness to accept
assignments anywhere within the United States and
- Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service
System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male
applicant born after December 31, 1959.
- Be appointed to this position under an excepted appointment
which is limited to 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this
period, you will either be converted to career status or separated
based on the expiration of the appointment.
You are minimally qualified for the GL-07 Level (starting salary
$49,508) if you possess one of the following: A bachelor's degree
from an accredited college or university with superior academic
achievement (S.A.A.) which is based on class standing, grade-point
average, or honor society membership (for more information on
S.A.A. please click
OR at least one full year of graduate level education (i.e., 18
semester hours); OR at least 1 year of specialized experience in,
or related to, the investigative methods, protective methods, and
law enforcement techniques that provide the specific competencies
to successfully perform the position's duties. Experience also
includes exercising initiative; attention to detail; judgment in
collecting, assembling and developing facts, evidence or other
pertinent data; the ability to analyze and evaluate data or
evidence to arrive at sound conclusions including applying new
information; and the ability to partner with or lead others in the
accomplishment of mission activities.
You are minimally qualified for the GL-09 Level (starting salary
$55,214) if you possess one of the following: A master's or
equivalent graduate degree (such as LL.B. or J.D.) or two full
years of progressively higher graduate education, in a related
field, leading to such a degree from an accredited college or
university; OR have at least 1 year of specialized experience
equivalent to the GL-7 level such as experience applying law
enforcement, protective, or investigative techniques in the
performance of job duties; identifying problem areas and proposing
and implementing solutions; taking responsibility for own actions
and those of team members to ensure the goals and deadlines for the
team are met; and leading meeting or seminars on behalf of a
professional or academic group; setting work priorities and
allocating resources; partnering with other individuals from within
and outside the organization; OR a combination of specialized
experience, as described above, and related graduate level
education, beyond the first full year of graduate level study.
You are minimally qualified for the GS-11 Level (Starting salary
$64,649) if you possess one of the following: Ph.D. or equivalent
doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level
graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., OR have at
least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-9 level
which is defined as experience in, or related to planning and
conducting complex criminal investigations to determine violations
of Federal laws and regulations; collecting and assembling facts to
identify logical conclusion; gathering, analyzing, and evaluating
evidence or data; conducting interviews and interrogations; making
arrests; conducting searches and seizures; taking responsibility
for own actions and those of team members to ensure the goals and
deadlines for the team are met; partnering with or leveraging
networks or relationships from outside the organization, experience
managing complex projects including setting priorities and
determining resource requirements; OR a combination of specialized
experience, as described above, and related graduate level
education, beyond the first full year of doctoral level study.
Qualified applicants will only be referred at the highest grade
level for which they qualify. Consideration will be given to
performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of
quality of prior experience.
Applicants must successfully complete and pass Phase 1 assessments
(see below) to be certified. In addition, applicants must
successfully complete and pass Phase II (see below) to receive
final consideration for employment.
- Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE);
- Applicant Physical Abilities Test;
- Review Panel (Final grade and quality category)
- Conditional Job Offer
- Credit check;
- Security Interview;
- Polygraph examination;
- Drug screening;
- Medical examination;
- Background investigation (a top secret security clearance)
The Secret Service follows stringent guidelines relating to illegal
drug usage. An applicant's history is reviewed and a determination
for employment is made according to our guidelines. For more
information regarding the U.S. Secret Service drug guidelines
please click https://secretservice.gov/careers/drug-policy
The Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT) evaluates an
applicant's ability to perform the physical tasks required on the
job by measuring muscular and dynamic strength, endurance,
flexibility, aerobic capacity and other factors related to physical
aptitude. The standards are anticipated to be the same regardless
of age, gender or position. Prior to testing applicants must obtain
a Certificate of Wellness from a certified physician to be eligible
to test. It is recommended that this certificate is completed as
soon as possible. Please click
for the Certificate of Wellness.
For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Recruitment incentives may be available depending on an applicant's
qualifications. An employee accepting a recruitment incentive must
sign a service agreement.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who
want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS
Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders
and our transportation systems; protect the President and other
dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard
cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these
vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of
occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
Applicants selected for this position will be required to sign a
continuing service agreement before being assigned to an initial
training class. The continuing service agreement will commit the
applicant to a specified period of employment with the U.S. Secret
Service upon the successful completion of training.
Applicants will be required to travel to all phases of the hiring
process at their own expense. If a final job offer is extended,
relocation expenses will not be authorized for first duty
The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body
markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and
branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below
the wrist bone)(exception: a single conservative and unobtrusive
tattoo in the form of a ring is authorized on one finger).
Pursuant to an exception granted by the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM), your application must contain a completed
Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment. If you
receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you
will be required to update your OF-306, and to again sign and
certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior
to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application
may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after
beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to
confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the
United States. Click http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify to learn more
about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
General Medical Requirements:
As determined by the Office of Personnel Management, the duties of
this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion
involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to
inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion
of fingers, wrist, elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is
required. Arms, hands, legs and feet must function sufficiently in
order for applicants to perform the duties satisfactorily.
Since the duties of this position are exacting and involve the
responsibility for the safety of others under trying conditions,
applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any
condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the
duties of this position or that would cause the individual to be a
hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.
There are also specific medical requirements for this position, and
any chronic disease or condition affecting the respiratory,
cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, digestive,
nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous, genitourinary, and other
systems that would impair full performance of the duties of the
position may also be disqualifying.
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