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Training Specialist

GS-1712

Position Overview

Training Instructors apply principles and techniques of education and training to facilitate, develop, and support engaging and interactive training programs or courses for a wide variety of audiences.  

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
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
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate possesses a practical knowledge of the relevant subject matter area being taught as well as a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of instruction. 

Work Environment

Work is performed indoors in a classroom or laboratory setting. 

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Serves as assistant instructor under the guidance of a senior instructor
    • Conducts training sessions that cover well-established, factual topics under detailed guidelines. 

  • Mid:

    • Presents short, repetitive courses or course units that are highly structured.
    • Serves as a point-of-contact on training courses.
    • Assists higher graded specialists with the development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc.
    • Locates and schedules appropriate classroom space and equipment.
    • Teaches or instructs in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field.

  • Journey:

    • Develops complete, full-length courses; reviews and evaluates audiovisual aids of substantial scope, that are often in untried form, and assesses the adequacy of the product, need for revision and develops recommendations for improvement.
    • Reviews and evaluates audiovisual aids that most effectively and efficiently enhance training; develops or revises objective tests; evaluates training results.
    • Develops portions of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc.

  • Senior:

    • Plans and constructs validity and reliability studies to analyze test items prepared by instructors and develops recommendations for revising test items to improve clarity, adequacy, and increase reliability.
    • Instructs courses that cover advanced technical systems or subject-matter areas comparable to the upper-division undergraduate level.

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Strengths by Level

Entry 5
Mid 7
Journey 9-11
Senior 12
  • Attention to Detail - 2
    Considers all aspects involved in accomplishing a task, no matter how minute. Precisely follows procedures to ensure each element of a task is accurately completed.
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  • Computer Skills
    Uses computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work.
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  • Continual Learning
    Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
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  • Creative Thinking
    Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • 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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  • Developing Others
    Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
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  • Facilitation
    Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and techniques of facilitation used to lead meetings, workshops, and other collaborative exercises; able to lead diverse groups to find consensus in shared interests and objectives.
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  • 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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  • Information Management
    Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information or information management systems.
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  • Learning
    Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development.
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  • Listening
    Receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages and other cues such as body language in ways that are appropriate to listeners and situations.
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  • Mathematical Reasoning
    Solves practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical and statistical techniques.
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  • 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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  • Organization
    Systematically employs a standard system of organization in work processes and related resources and an overall concern for integrating all aspects of the task, situation, and/or work-related problem as a means of achieving optimal efficiency and effectiveness in performing job-related duties/responsibilities.
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  • 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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  • Reading
    Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Strategic Thinking
    Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
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  • Teaching Others
    Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
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  • Written Communication
    Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
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    Mid 7
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