Health Physicist

Department Of Homeland Security New York, NY
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Enterprise Services, Office of Human Resources Management, Occupational Safety and Health Division.

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Joining the Customs and Border Protection, Office of Human Resources Management will allow you to use your expertise involving the application of professional knowledge and competence in health physics. This position starts at a salary of $87,252 (GS-13, Step 1) to $113,428 (GS-13, Step 10) with promotion potential to $$113,428 (GS-13, Step 10).

In this Health Physicist position you will become a key team member of Homeland Security professionals involved in serving as a regional technical authority in the area of health physics and as a point of contact for a specific region of the United States representing CBP for all radiation safety and health physics issues associated with Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) equipment and procedures. Health Physics involves the protection of persons and their environment from unwarranted exposure to ionizing radiation. Typical work assignments include:

* Conducting radiation surveys and program evaluations of CBP ports of entry, border checkpoints, research laboratories, offices, and grounds to determine compliance with Federal, state, and local radiation safety standards

* Establishing, implementing, and monitoring methods and procedures for the safe use, storage, processing, transfer, and disposal of radioactive materials and any radioactive waste generated from these methods and procedures

* Providing comprehensive radiation safety guidance and oversight of the CBP assets in the specific region of the United States or other duties assigned

* Serving as Headquarters point of contact and principal expert in interpreting report data and in the resolution of complex problems identified by such documents

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You will be required to travel up to 50% or more for this position

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1306 Health Physics

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

* Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service

* Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)

* You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph

* You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing


Basic Requirements: Individuals must meet one of the options below and provide supporting documentation to meet the basic requirement for this position.

A. Degree: natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described in paragraph A.

Copies of your current registration, transcripts or degree must be submitted at the time of your application.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement listed above, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience described below.

GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent performing duties such as having knowledge of health and safety procedures in the conduct of radiological and environmental survey activities. Advising higher levels of management on issues that could have a detrimental effect on project success.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 07/26/2018.

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.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:

* Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);

* Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

* Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

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