Criminal Investigator

Department Of Homeland Security Dallas , TX 75201

Posted 3 weeks ago

  • Duties




Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations, as a special agent will allow you to perform critical protective and investigative assignments. The special agent position starts at a salary of $49,508 (GL-07, step 1), with promotion potential to $146,120 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

This position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and additional compensation of 25% of the base salary will be added to locality pay.

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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. Duties include:

  • Providing protection for various protectees.

  • Conducting criminal investigations pertaining to financial obligations of the United States.

  • Planning and implementing security designs for National Special Security Events.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1811 Criminal Investigation

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required

  • Possess a current valid driver's license

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 surgery).

  • 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 2000 Hz 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 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA and 16 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.

  • Sign a mobility agreement stating your willingness to accept assignments anywhere within the United States and overseas.

  • 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 qualify 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 here. 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 provided the specific competencies to successfully perform the position's duties. Experience includes the exercising of initiative, attention to detail, and 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; OR the ability to partner with or lead others in the accomplishment of mission activities.

You qualify 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 level 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 which is defined as experience writing technical or non-technical documents to communicate information to others within and outside a professional or academic setting; gathering information, performing analyses, summarizing results, 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 work or academic group, presenting complex material, and responding effectively to questions from audience members; analyzing intelligence or investigative information; OR A combination of specialized experience, as described above, and related graduate level education, beyond the first full year of graduate level study.

You qualify for the GS-11 Level (Starting salary $64,649) if you possess one of the following: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., or if related 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, bringing the investigation to a logical conclusion; gathering, analyzing, and evaluating evidence; conducts interviews and interrogations; makes arrests; conducts searches and seizures; taking responsibility for own actions and those of team members to ensure the goals and deadlines for the team are met; and, prepares comprehensive oral and written briefings for personnel inside and outside of the organization, OR A combination of specialized experience, as described above, and related graduate level education, beyond the first full year of doctoral level study .

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirement at the GL-7 upon application.

This is an open continuous announcement. The first cut-off date for consideration of applicants will be February 5, 2021. Thereafter, the cut-off for applications received will be every Friday of each month until the job opportunity announcement closes.

Applicants must successfully complete Phase 1 and pass required assessments (see below) to be certified. In addition, applicants must successfully complete Phase II (see below) to receive final consideration for employment.

Phase I:

  • Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE);

  • May be subject to an Applicant Physical Abilities Test;

  • Interview;

  • Review Panel (Final Grade Determination);

  • Conditional Job Offer; and

  • Credit check

Phase II:

  • Security Interview;

  • Polygraph examination;

  • May be subject to a Psychological assessment;

  • Medical examination; and

  • Background investigation (a top secret security clearance)

To view the entire application process, please click here, and click on the red arrow to move through the process.

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 here. 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, no points will be assigned.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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Criminal Investigator

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