Criminal investigators with the Department of the Interior investigate crimes on or affecting public lands, such as theft or destruction of natural or cultural resources, wildlife trafficking, or violations of Federal wildlife and resource protection laws. DOI criminal investigators protect the public, land, and wildlife through their efforts. This work may vary significantly across positions, locations, or bureaus.
This position is represented at the following bureaus
The ideal candidate is conscientious, careful, and detail-oriented, with strong interpersonal and writing skills. This person should be self-motivated, team-oriented, and have a passion for natural resources. She or he uses initiative and resourcefulness to successfully complete complex investigations.
Digital and Computer Forensics
- Undercover Work
- International Investigations
Both indoors in an office setting, and outdoors in public lands areas which may be remote, with rough terrain and challenging environmental conditions.
Career Level Requirements
Responsibilities by Level
- Serving as a team leader providing guidance and support to journey level Investigators
- Conducting complex investigations
- Acting as liaison with other law enforcement organizations
- Serving on special task forces
- Enforcing international wildlife/conservation treaties
- Overseeing investigative programs
- Managing sensitive, high visibility investigations with national or international significance
Strengths by Level
AccountabilityHolds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Attention to DetailIs thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Decision MakingMakes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
FlexibilityIs open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Influencing/NegotiatingPersuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Interpersonal SkillsTreats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Oral CommunicationExpresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Planning and EvaluatingOrganizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
ReasoningIdentifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Self-ManagementSets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
TeamworkEncourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
Technical CompetenceUses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
WritingRecognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.Show Tool TipJourney 7-13Senior 14-15
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