Career Path

Administrative Positions

Our Administrative positions involve the application of a substantial body of knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices relevant to one or more fields of administration or management and the utilisation of analytical research, writing, and judgment.

Our Administrative positions include:

Secret Service Investigative Analysis

Perform threat risk analysis and briefing/debriefing of personnel; and provide intel for recurring reports.

Investigative Analysts analyse, abstract, and disseminate information pertaining to subject of interest or groups possessing threats to Secret Service protectees. They assist in the briefing and debriefing of protective and investigative personnel; and provide intelligence support prior to and during the visit of a protectee. In addition, they provide information for a variety of regular statistical and narrative reports.

Process claims, invoices, and reports and perform accounts payable and ledger management.

Financial Management Specialists perform a wide variety of duties associated with processing travel claims, commercial and government invoices, general funds and confidential funds and ensure the effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of the accounts payable system as well as the travel and cash management programs. They also analyze, control, and maintain general ledger accounts and various appropriation, cost, obligation, and expenditure reports.

Perform fingerprint identification, conduct identification techniques research, and serve as technical expert.

Fingerprint Specialists perform complex, delicate and sensitive fingerprint identification assignments to visualize, enhance and identify latent fingerprints on virtually any surface, and conduct research projects to devise new and/or modify and improve current methods and techniques.

They serve as the coordinator/member of a team dispatched to crime scenes; and function as an expert witness in federal, state, local and military courts; plan, coordinate, and conduct highly-technical and in-depth research projects designed to develop new and advanced examination and identification techniques. As recognized technical experts, Fingerprint Specialists function as liaisons with other law enforcement agencies, researchers, representatives of universities and U.S. Attorneys.

Perform recruitment, staffing, and employee relations tasks.

Human Resources Specialists perform a variety of duties associated with recruiting, staffing, position classification, pay administration and employee relations. They provide advice and assistance to employees at all levels in the areas of adverse actions, staffing, discipline, performance awards, health and life insurance, retirement, etc.

Develop and implement projects, analyze data, conduct training and consult on policy matters.

Management and Program Analysts plan, develop, and implement projects. They develop comprehensive objectives for assignments and identify data sources and specific data elements to be collected and analyzed. They also prepare data collection results and objectives, data analysis plans, operating plans, findings and recommendations.

They perform difficult to complex analytical work associated with planning and conducting studies of existing, planned, or proposed objectives, strategies, alternatives, and interrelated resource requirements in order to evaluate the effectiveness of agency-wide programs. They also meet and consult with senior agency officials and applicable personnel on a variety of training and policy issues, and act as a liaison to foster continuity concerning new developments regarding training requirements and programs.

Resolve personnel security issues and perform investigative background checks.

Personnel Security Specialists provide expert advice, guidance, and instruction to others in resolving complex personnel security issues and researching, analyzing and evaluating personnel security administrative and investigative matters.

They oversee the compilation, analysis and evaluation of background investigative data on each applicant and employee; and prepare a synopsis of pertinent information including a comprehensive recommendation pursuant to the individual’s suitability for employment or retention of security clearance. They also provide authoritative interpretations, advice and guidance concerning personnel security program areas and coordinate the development and maintenance of contacts.

Perform news media sentiment analysis and provide PR guidance for Secret Service elements worldwide.

Public Affairs Specialists monitor, print and broadcast media for both positive and negative news coverage and translate the basic communication intent of the Secret Service leadership into methods and techniques that can be applied in standard and nonstandard Public Affairs programs. They provide appropriate public affairs guidance to Secret Service elements worldwide and direct the media coverage and event logistics for special events, ceremonies, tours, and other activities.

Develop and conduct training and perform training compliance management and curriculum improvement.

Training Development Specialists develop and conduct training, studies and special projects pertinent to the mission of the agency, supervising the implementation of current and new special operation programs affecting the protective and investigative missions. They also supervise and provide instructional training and orientation to new instructors and other stakeholders and ensure compliance with the training procedures, professional standards and Agency guidance, policies and procedures.

In addition, they consistently collect and analyze data to improve training methodologies and advise on any technical and operational problems that may exist while recommending and developing new solutions to enhance the implementation of training.

Review and edit print materials per Agency standards; represent the Agency at public affairs activities; and serve as a primary speechwriter for the Director/Deputy Director.

Writers/Editors develop and implement policy for the edit, review, and presentation of printed material, particularly written material issued by the Office of the Director; and perform research and analysis to define and explain Agency policy, programs, and requirements. They develop and synthesize final copies based on material submitted by others, which requires extensive rewriting, reorganizing and editing; and provide guidance to lower-graded specialists in the production and editing of speeches, correspondence, publications, and special reports.

They also represent the Secret Service in various public affairs activities and on committees consisting of officials from other agencies and organizations which interact with the Secret Service; and serve as one of the primary speechwriters for the Director and Deputy Director.

Professional Positions

Our Professional positions involve work requiring knowledge in a field of science or learning that is characteristically acquired through education or training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher degree with major study in a specialized field. The candidates we seek must be able to exercise discretion in applying a scholarly body of knowledge to various subject matters.

Our Professional positions include:

Secret Service Investigative Analysis

Perform legal research, provide legal advice and counsel and represent the Secret Service.

Attorney-Advisors perform legal research and provide oral and written legal advice, counsel, and opinions in regard to the laws, regulations, court decisions, and other precedents bearing on the legal issues involving or impacting Secret Service protective, investigative, and administrative responsibilities. They represent the Secret Service in administrative hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

They also draft and review legal documents including litigation reports, motions, briefs, charges, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, interrogatories, internal and external correspondence, legislative language, Department and Agency policy, memoranda and contractual agreements.

Our attorneys also provide legal services relating to constitutional questions, criminal matters, fiscal issues, personnel law, asset forfeiture, cybersecurity matters, procurement, ethics, FTCA claims, garnishments, Equal Employment Opportunity issues, employee disciplinary matters, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act appeals; and provide legal services in the area of electronic surveillance laws and technology, and computer searches and seizures. In addition, they provide legal advice on privacy laws and constitutional protections as they pertain to criminal and protection related investigations.

Attorney-Advisor Qualifications:

Applicants must be graduates of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and an active member in good standing of the bar of a U.S. state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must also have experience as a practicing attorney or as a judicial law clerk which was obtained after graduating from law school.

Provide future-proofing recommendations for scientific protective/investigative technologies.

General Engineers develop, analyze, and recommend program-planning documentation for assigned program elements. They serve as knowledgeable technical advisors to the Secret Service and other government agencies, as well as contractor personnel, particularly in regard to the feasibility and application of new scientific studies and major advances in protective and/or investigative technology. A key component of their role is to develop and recommend plans for future initiatives, proposals, projects, and activities to ensure the U.S. Secret Service has the opportunity to field the most current protective and investigative technology and/or participate in its development. They also provide documentation of activities as required, such as monthly updates, briefing books, project displays, and maintain official files as well as prepare project briefings.

General Engineer Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have:

  1. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must:
  1. Lead to a bachelor’s degree in a School of Engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or
  2. Have Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year Physics and Chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of Engineering Science or Physics:
  1. statics, dynamics;
  2. strength of materials (stress-strain relationships);
  3. fluid mechanics, hydraulics;
  4. thermodynamics;
  5. electrical fields and circuits;
  6. nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental Engineering Science or Physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

Or

  1. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished:
  1. Thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying Engineering, and
  2. A good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of Engineering Sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of Engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfathered or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a Manufacturing Engineer typically would be rated eligible only for Manufacturing Engineering positions.
  2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an Engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the Physical, Mathematical, and Engineering Sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an Engineering program as described in paragraph A.
  4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., Engineering Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture, Computer Science, Mathematics, Hydrology, or Geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional Engineering experience acquired under professional Engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional Engineering competence or several years of prior professional Engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Create various protective or investigative research and development programs.

Electronics Engineers perform and advise on one or more protective or investigative research and development program management activities, such as research, development, testing and evaluation of radio frequency (RF) equipment, x-ray and other systems, They also research and evaluate metal detection systems and the latest technological advances in concealed weapons detection and research and evaluate existing and emerging electro-optics technologies, as well as research, maintain and develop enhancements for radar systems.

In this position, they also research and develop new technologies to enhance capabilities in areas including tagging, tracking, surveillance, and lawful wiretaps, systems for technical surveillance countermeasures, and building and area intrusion detection technologies and products. Likewise, they monitor developments in biometrics technologies for identification and authentication applications.

They provide training and technical briefings to end-users regarding the use, installation, maintenance and basic troubleshooting of equipment; and provide informational briefings for supervisors and non-technical personnel. These key personnel promote the accomplishments and objectives of TSD and the Electronics Engineering Research and Development Branch through briefings and demonstrations of branch accomplishments and on-going work. They also represent the Secret Service in interagency meetings, workshops, national and international conferences and meetings.

Electronics Engineer Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have:

  1. Degree: Engineering. To be considered, the program must:
  1. Lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of Engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or
  2. Include Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year Physics and Chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics:
  1. statics, dynamics;
  2. strength of materials (stress-strain relationships);
  3. fluid mechanics, hydraulics;
  4. thermodynamics;
  5. electrical fields and circuits;
  6. nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and
  7. any other comparable area of fundamental Engineering Science or Physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

Or

  1. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying Engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the Engineering Sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of Engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a Manufacturing Engineer typically would be rated eligible only for Manufacturing Engineering positions.
  2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
  4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., Engineering Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture, Computer Science, Mathematics, Hydrology, or Geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional Engineering experience acquired under professional Engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional Engineering competence or several years of prior professional Engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Perform QA research and validation, evidence analysis and work in teams dispatched to crime scenes.

Physical Scientists perform research and validation as part of the quality assurance program; and confirm critical elements are met to maintain status of the accrediting body while ensuring quality and conformance with lab policies and procedures. They provide complex technical examinations and develop solutions that would have practical application in forensic examinations.

In this role, Physical Scientists serve as team members/coordinators for teams dispatched to crime scenes and collect, preserve and analyze evidence while maintaining chain of custody and integrity of the evidence from collection to final disposition. They also serve as expert witnesses in court proceedings as well as plan, coordinate, and conduct technical research projects. In addition, they draft and review reports, recommendations, standard operating procedures, and guidelines, conduct training for developmental level specialists and serve as technical experts and liaisons.

Physical Scientist Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have:

Degree: Physical Science, Engineering, or Mathematics that included 24 semester hours in Physical Science and/or related Engineering Science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

Drive database utilization, test creation and test analysis. Create surveys, design plans and gather data from tests to provide recommendations for improvements.

Statisticians utilize database systems like Integrated Database Management System/ Relational (IDMS/R) and ORACLE. They also read and interpret logical records, data dictionaries, and schemas using the Statistical Analysis System (SAS), BASE, ACCESS, EXCEL, WORD, and STAT. They prepare study plans; document results; create surveys, reports, charts, and graphs; and prepare and present formal and informal briefings to staff, supervisors and senior-level management. They also apply queuing theory, optimize methods and simulations, create surveys, design plans, determine statistical and mathematical approaches for adequate solutions, and gather data from tests and experiments to provide recommendations.

Statistician Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have:

Degree: including 15 semester hours in Statistics (or in Mathematics and Statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in Statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: Physical or Biological Sciences, Medicine, Education, or Engineering; or in the Social Sciences including Demography, History, Economics, Social Welfare, Geography, International Relations, Social or Cultural Anthropology, Health Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, etc.

Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in Psychology or Economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

Perform CBRNE project planning and management and serve in a senior scientist advisement role.

Our Biologists provide program and project planning, coordination, management and quality assurance for interrelated technical areas including, but not limited to: chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection and countermeasures; infrastructure protection; and protective equipment for CBRNE safety. They serve as senior scientists on specialized projects and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, developing, formulating, planning, managing, directing and executing operational programs, thus promoting best practices and enhancing the Agency’s investigative and protective missions.

Biologist Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have:

Degree: Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

Advance protective and investigative technology research and documentation.

Civil Engineers develop, analyze, and recommend program-planning documentation for assigned program elements. They serve as knowledgeable technical advisors to the Secret Service and other government agencies, as well as contractor personnel, particularly in regard to the feasibility and application of new scientific studies and major advances in protective and/or investigative technology.

They develop and recommend plans for future initiatives, proposals, projects and activities to ensure that the Secret Service has the opportunity to field the most current protective and investigative technology and/or participate in its development. Additionally, they provide documentation of activities as required, such as monthly updates, briefing books, project displays, and maintaining official files; and they prepare project briefings.

Civil Engineer Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have:

  1. Degree: Engineering. To be considered, the program must:
  1. Lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of Engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or
  2. Include Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year Physics and Chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of Engineering Science or Physics:
  1. statics, dynamics;
  2. strength of materials (stress-strain relationships);
  3. fluid mechanics, hydraulics;
  4. thermodynamics;
  5. electrical fields and circuits;
  6. nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and
  7. any other comparable area of fundamental Engineering Science or Physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

Or

  1. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished:
  1. Thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying Engineering, and
  2. A good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the Engineering Sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of Engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfathered or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a Manufacturing Engineer typically would be rated eligible only for Manufacturing Engineering positions.
  2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
  4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., Engineering Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture, Computer Science, Mathematics, Hydrology, or Geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional Engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional Engineering competence or several years of prior professional Engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Execute financial discrepancy identification and provide recommendations and evaluations according to accounting standards.

U.S. Secret Service Accountants evaluate and prepare comments on proposed accounting standards, principles, and procedures. They analyze, control and maintain general ledger accounts and various appropriation, cost, obligation, and expenditure records. They also perform a variety of reconciliations, maintain worksheets documenting sources of discrepancies, and make recommendations for action to be taken in the prevention of future inconsistencies. 

Accountant Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have a:

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; or a degree in a related field such as Business Administration, Finance, or Public Administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in Accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in Business Law.

Or

Combination of education and experience: at least four years of experience in Accounting, or an equivalent combination of Accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional Accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:

  1. Twenty-four semester hours in Accounting or Auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of Business Law;
  2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that:
  1. the Applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in Accounting, Auditing, or a related field, e.g., Valuation Engineering or Financial Institution Examining;
  2. a panel of at least two higher-level professional Accountants or Auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of Accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and
  3. except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in Accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

Advance threat-detection research and serve as expert technical advisor.

Our Chemists develop, recommend and implement plans and proposals, assess the feasibility and application of scientific studies and advances in protective and investigative technologies, and ensure equipment is properly maintained or utilized.

They coordinate and execute operations and projects involving biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosive threat detection systems, countermeasures, and associated protective equipment. They also develop and manage research, development, and evaluation efforts related to tests, protocols and detection systems; serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), advise on the implications and feasibility of programs, and exercise internal controls, assuring safety effectiveness.

They also serve as expert technical advisors internally and externally, develop plans, proposals and protocols, prepare solicitations for proposals, prepare technical data and narrative information, prepare operational and maintenance specifications and guides; provide training, and brief employees, supervisors, and other officials.

Chemist Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have a:

Degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or Engineering that included 30 semester hours in Chemistry, supplemented by course work in Mathematics through Differential and Integral Calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of Physics.

Or

Combination of education and experience -- coursework equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in Chemistry, supplemented by Mathematics through Differential and Integral Calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of Physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Perform contract compliance, creation, negotiation, and strategy.

Contract Specialists research applicable regulations and incorporate the required Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to ensure that general provisions are in conformance with statutory requirements and other governmental regulations and policies. They manage complex requirements that require extensive negotiations involving cost or pricing data and/or unusual contract terms needed to support the contracting issues and determine a recommended course of action.

Contract Specialists also identify large-scale subsystems, components, equipment, and services to be acquired by contract, develop procurement objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range, construct the contractual design, and prepare and maintain current acquisition plans, project timeline/milestone plans, etc. They are also called upon to plan the negotiation strategy, coordinate strategy with the negotiation team, and lead the negotiations which are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms. They also guide, assist, mentor, and train lower-graded specialists.

Contract Specialist Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have a:

A four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: Accounting, Business, Finance, Law, Contracts, Purchasing, Economics, Industrial Management, Marketing, Quantitative Methods, or Organization and Management.

Apply talent development research and organizational policy-based research.

Research Psychologists evaluate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other job-related characteristics of candidates for law enforcement and administrative, technical, and professional positions and make determinations based on these evaluations. They collect and analyze data to improve assessment methodologies, summarize complex assessment data from multiple sources and present it orally and in a writing to applicable key senior-level stakeholders. They also utilize the Uniformed Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations for proper use of testing and selection procedures, oversee job analytic studies to ensure the appropriate methodology is applied and ensure appropriate use and application of job analytic results.

They develop new techniques and procedures to be utilized by other personnel, research psychologists, and human resources specialists; and provide technical input and insight to leaders responsible for shaping policies; represent senior-level management, and negotiate on their behalf when working on human capital assessment compliance policies involving the Agency’s programs. Additionally, they develop organizational and individual learning and development initiatives to achieve organizational and individual career goals, recommend and utilize empirically-based talent development tools for law enforcement, administrative, technical, and professional positions, and develop and conduct training, studies and special projects tied to the mission of the Agency. Likewise, they supervise the implementation of current and new programs affecting assessment development and talent development.

Research Psychologist Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must have a:

Degree: bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Psychology for all specializations except Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below:

  • Clinical Psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in Clinical Psychology is required.
  • Counseling Psychology: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of two-full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in Counseling Psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a Master's degree directly related to Counseling Psychology is required.

Analyze questioned documents, serve as expert witness and create technical research projects.

Document Analysts incorporate the principles and theories of identification, analysis, frequency of occurrence, and method of production in the examination of questioned documents. These professionals utilize a variety of instruments, systems, substances, techniques, and procedures and serve as expert witnesses. They also plan, coordinate, and conduct technical research projects and draft and review reports.

Technical Positions

Technical positions are associated with the direct support of law enforcement, professional or administrative personnel. Assignments are generally non-routine in nature and involve extensive practical knowledge, which is either gained through on-the-job experience, specialized training or a college education. Additionally, the Secret Service has the authority to employ and compensate consultants and experts in accordance with 5 USC 3109.

Our Technical positions include:

Secret Service Investigative Analysis

Apply PC troubleshooting and security skills and ensure the security posture of PC-based end-point technology.

IT Specialists install, modify, troubleshoot and maintain PC-based end-point technology (hardware/software) and ensure the proper operation of PC-based peripheral equipment. They resolve all activities related to the acquisition, configuration, installation, and maintenance of PCs, and other end-user computing devices, analyze and troubleshoot all complex technical problems, and respond to customers on a variety of end-user computing-related questions.

They also apply proper security practices, procedures, and techniques to ensure the security posture of PC-based end-point systems; and analyze and troubleshoot all complex technical problems while providing customer assistance on a variety of end-user computing-related questions.

Additionally, they modify, update, and maintain active directory/domain structure in response to customer service requests and end-point incident remediation. IT Specialists provide a wide variety of problem resolution assistance to the user community, analyze and troubleshoot all complex technical problems; and provide customer assistance on a variety of end-user computing-related questions.

Perform a variety of forensic photography and provide photographic documentation.

Forensic Photographers provide photographic documentation to assist specialists in the laboratory and or field. They operate digital cameras, scanners, computers, and software as well as perform a variety of forensic photography to include latent prints, faint impressions, or other identifying marks. Photographers also assist with protection surveys utilizing photography to enhance safety and security.

Perform background investigations and risk analysis.

They contact and interact with pass holders in a professional manner to resolve incomplete or conflicting data submitted on clearance request forms, prepare a summary of derogatory information found during name checks, and notify the proper authority within the branch, while they evaluate the nature and degree of derogatory information and make recommendations as to the security risk posed; and generate various access control reports.

They also conduct background investigations by accessing various personnel security and law enforcement automated databases and systems; and electronically capture fingerprints using Live Scan technology.