Police

GS-0083

Position Overview

Park Police and other DOI Police Officers prevent crime and maintain law and order on public lands. Their presence can be a powerful deterrent to wrongdoing, and they help detect, investigate and respond to crimes ranging from misdemeanors to traffic, fish and game or tribal law violations, to felonies. Some ride horses or fly helicopters. Wherever they are, their law enforcement expertise is an integral part of DOI’s charge to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources for safe enjoyment by all. Sample Assignments: conducting investigations; requesting and serving warrants and subpoenas; working with tribal communities; conducting patrols and surveillance; testifying at hearings and trials; creating reports.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate understands criminal investigation and public safety and security, and has very effective communication skills. She or he displays high standards of ethical conduct and remains calm under pressure. Special provisions such as physical/medical fitness exams, firearms qualification and residency requirements also apply.

Work Environment

In and around DOI facilities both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather conditions.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements on the OPM website.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Responding to all types of emergencies, accidents and crimes
    • Apprehending and arresting suspected criminals Conducting investigations
    • Requesting and serving warrants and subpoenas

  • Mid:

    • Conducting patrols and surveillance
    • Working with communities
    • Testifying at hearings and trials
    • Creating reports

  • Journey:

    • Providing direction to other officers
    • Working together with court and law enforcement personnel at the Federal, State, local, or tribal levels

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Strengths by Level

Entry
Mid
Journey
  • 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 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • Conflict Management
    Manages and resolves conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact.
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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • 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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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • 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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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • 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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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • Physical Strength and Agility
    Ability to bend, lift, climb, stand, and walk for long periods of time; ability to perform moderately heavy laboring work.
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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • 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 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • Stamina
    Exerts oneself physically over long periods of time without tiring (which may include performing repetitive tasks such as data entry or coding).
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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • 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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    Entry 1-2
    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-8
  • 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 3-4
    Journey 5-8

Common Pathways

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

62.5%

Park Ranger

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12.5%

Biological Science Technician

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12.5%

Criminal Investigation

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