General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance

GS-1801

Position Overview

DOI Criminal investigators, Inspectors and uniformed Law Enforcement Rangers protect land and wildlife through careful and critical inspection, investigation, enforcement, and compliance work. They protect against wrongdoing on public lands, like stealing timber, setting fires, drug smuggling, dumping hazardous materials, or vandalizing recreational areas.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Department of the Interior Offices
National Park Service
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate is inquisitive, careful and detail-oriented, with strong interpersonal and writing skills. She or he takes the responsibility for protecting life and property by upholding laws very seriously.

Work Environment

Both indoors in an office setting, and outdoors in public lands areas which may be remote or with rough terrain with challenging environmental conditions

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Administrative and Management Group Qualification Standard on theĀ OPM website.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Analyzes criminal activity, resource vandalism, and violation problems on public lands
    • Provides assistance in law enforcement investigations
    • Prepares investigation reports

  • Mid:

    • Fact-finding and investigating
    • Preparing reports on investigations
    • Interviewing witnesses
    • Conducting surveillance
    • Gathering information at crime scenes
    • Testifying in criminal or civil cases

  • Journey:

    • Serving as a team leader providing guidance to other employees
    • Conducting complex investigations
    • Acting as liaison with other law enforcement organizations
    • Serving on special task forces
    • Enforcing international wildlife/conservation treatie

  • Senior:

    • Overseeing investigative programs
    • Managing sensitive, high visibility investigations with national or international significance

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Strengths by Level

Entry 7
Mid 9-11
Journey 12-13
Senior 14
  • Accountability
    Holds 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.
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    Entry 7
    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Decision Making
    Makes 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
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  • Flexibility
    Is 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Oral Communication
    Expresses 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Planning and Evaluating
    Organizes 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Self-Management
    Sets 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Technical Competence
    Uses 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14
  • Writing
    Recognizes 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.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14

Common Pathways

Candidates who made this career change most commonly held these occupations...

63.1%

Park Ranger

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4.5%

General Business and Industry

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