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Job opening: Training Instructor-Canine

Salary: $114 970 - 149 465 per year
City: Denver
Published at: Mar 11 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
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.


This Training Instructor-Canine position is located Denver International Airport (DEN), Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as a Training Instructor for the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Programs of TSA. Approximately 80% of your time will be spent in the training of canine handlers and/or canines and the remainder of time will be spent conducting assessments and evaluations of the performance of handlers and canine teams in the detection of explosives. Duties include but are not limited to: Training, distributing, and evaluating TSA explosives detection canines in support of the NEDCTP Working, often independently, to train canine handlers in the detection of explosives and in the handling of explosives detection trained canines. Working with explosives in the training and support of canine explosives detection teams. Performing inventory of hazardous materials used in explosives detection training. Evaluating canine handler teams for the NEDCTP. Conducting the evaluation of handlers and canines of participating local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies. Establishing procedures and policies and providing guidance for most of the training assignments, allowing some discretion in selecting the most appropriate approach. Presenting material in accordance with approved lesson plans and course control documents. Identifying processes for training and evaluating explosives detection canines from initial through advanced levels of explosives detection training. Reviewing all canine training problem solving procedures. Leading in development of technical training presentation and evaluating methodologies and materials including instructor guides, student handouts, audio/visual aids, and other training criteria. Reviewing training practices and developing "best practices" for incorporation into curriculum. Assessing onsite conditions to create realistic training scenarios.



To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as: Applying knowledge of canine training programs, principles, and practices to ensure course content and delivery are aligned with the training objectives and organizational goals; and instructing and evaluating the performance of canine and handler teams and making recommendations for improvements, to include developing and reviewing written reports related to canine handle teams. OR Undergraduate and Graduate Education in the major study field of Education or a subject area related to the Training Specialist position to the be filled. 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. 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. 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. Resumes must include the following: Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience. State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week. Performance level (i.e. band or grade) Utilizing the USAJOBS Resume Builder and completing all available fields is strongly encouraged. You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


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.


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