Training Instructor (MWD)

Department of Defense Lackland AFB, TX
* Duties

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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Military Working Dog (MWD) Training Specialist, Trainer, Instructor, Evaluator, Technical Advisor, and development of Training Plans for MWD training.

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Responsibilities

* Military Working Dog (MWD) Trainer/Instructor/Evaluator.

* Analyzes training methodology by observing trainers in training and develops MWD training plans based on analysis of MWDs learning problems and selection of the appropriate teaching methods and strategies.

* Advises management and supervisors on canine behavioral assessments, deficiencies in, MWD training programs, and data trends.

* Uses automated data-processing software, especially the Unit Level Training Records Administration (ULTRA) database, to capture, archive, and report on statistical data relating to the training of MWDs.

* Evaluates patrol/detector dogs for procurement and utilization within the DoD and TSA dog program.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

9

* Job family (Series)

1712 Training Instruction

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship Required.

* Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.

* PCS expenses will not be paid.

* This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program.

* This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.

* Incumbent must work rotational shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays, as duty requires.

* Disclosure of Political Appointments.

* This is a key position. Incumbent must be removed from military recall status if alternatives for filling the position during an emergency are not available. Incumbent may be subject to participation in mobilization or emergency exercises.

* Work may require travel away from the normal duty station (TDY) on military or commercial aircraft.

* Constant bending, heavy lifting, straight-line pulling and pushing and carrying (up to 100 lbs).

* Incumbent is subject to scratches, bites, parasites, unpleasant odors, and loud noises.

* This position is high profile and often requires liaison between the military, and civilian vendors.

* Ability to speak clearly and assertively.

* Incumbent utilizes policies/procedures established through, Air Force Resource Protection Program, Air Force Occupational and Environmental Safety, DoD Military Working Dog Program, USAF Military Working Dog Program and other applicable Instructions.

* INCUMBENT MUST NOT HAVE HAD SPLEEN REMOVED.

Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-07, or equivalent in other pay systems that demonstrates a practical knowledge in working detector/patrol dogs in a training environment; skill and knowledge in managing detection/patrol teams in a training environment; skill and knowledge in developing training programs for detector/patrol teams. Examples of specialized experience includes knowledge in training detector/patrol dogs from initial through advanced levels of training; skill and knowledge of evaluating detector/patrol dogs and handlers from initial through advanced levels of training; skill in supervision of personnel and assigning daily tasks to accomplish mission. Knowledge of animal behavioral psychology and technical methods and procedures for evaluating and training detector/patrol dogs and assess the trainability of dogs for detection and patrol. Knowledge of handling and maintaining accountability and security for various dangerous explosives and drugs used for detector dog training.

OR

EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a LL.B. or J.D. with a major study in education or a subject area related to the position to be filled. NOTE: You must submit copies of your official transcripts.

OR

COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position. NOTE: You must submit copies of your official transcripts.

For Community College of the Air Force GS-1712 positions only: All faculty members of the Community College of the Air Force must meet minimum educational requirements as prescribed by the accrediting body Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), i.e. all teachers must hold at least an associate's degree in order for the school to meet accreditation criteria.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-07 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-09 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Skill and knowledge in managing/training detection/patrol teams from initial through advanced levels of training.

2. Skill and knowledge in developing training programs for detector/patrol teams.

3. Skill and knowledge of evaluating detector/patrol dogs and handlers from initial through advanced training.

4. Skills and knowledge of animal behavioral psychology and technical methods and procedures for evaluating, training and assessing the trainability of dogs for detection and patrol.

5. Ability to prepare oral/written briefings to diverse audience.

6. Incumbent must not have had spleen removed.

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

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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