Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Officer (TSO)Full-time in Kotzebue, Alaska

Department: Department Of Homeland Security This position is located at Kotzebue 'Ralph Wien Memorial' Airport in Kotzebue, Alaska. Job Overview Summary Salary Information: The salary range listed above includes locality pay of 25.16% and COLA pay of 6.91%. The current starting hourly rate for this position is $17.70. In order to recruit and retain highly qualified employees at this location, TSA has also approved the payment of an annual pre-tax retention incentive of $14,000 paid out in quarterly lump-sum increments of $3,500 at pre-defined intervals. Indefinite continuation of the incentive payment is contingent upon approved funding. Employees must have a signed service agreement on file in order to receive the quarterly payouts. Hiring: TSA may apply a gender-specific (male or female) hiring preference to fill TSO positions in order to meet security mission and same gender pat-down job-related requirements. At airport locations where it is necessary to apply the hiring preference, candidates of the needed gender will be provided preference in the scheduling of the computer based aptitude test, airport assessments, processing and selection. Duties Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) provide security and protection of air travelers, airports and aircraft in a courteous and professional manner. This includes: Operating various screening equipment and technology to identify dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and on passengers, and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft. Performing searches and screening, which may include physical interaction with passengers (e.g., pat-downs, search of property, etc.), conducting bag searches and lifting/carrying bags, bins, and property weighing up to 70lbs. Controlling terminal entry and exit points. Interacting with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries. Maintaining focus and awareness while working in a stressful environment which includes noise from alarms, machinery and people, crowd distractions, time pressure, and disruptive and angry passengers, in order to preserve the professional ability to identify and locate potentially life threatening or mass destruction devices, and to make effective decisions in both crisis and routine situations. Engaging in continuous development of critical thinking skills, necessary to mitigate actual and potential security threats, by identifying, evaluating, and applying appropriate situational options and approaches. This may include application of risk-based security screening protocols that vary based on program requirements. Retaining and implementing knowledge of all applicable Standard Operating Procedures, demonstrating responsible and dependable behavior, and is open to change and adapts to new information or unexpected obstacles. Travel Required: Occasional Travel A minimum of two (2) weeks of travel in a full-time duty status will be required to complete TSA s New Hire training. New Hire training and travel requirements vary by duty location and may require up to six (6) weeks of full-time duty status travel. This training will occur away from the employee s airport of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy. While employed with TSA, other occasional travel may be required. Relocation Authorized: No Job Requirements Key Requirements Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National at time of application submission Be at least 18 years of age at time of application submission Pass a Drug Screening and Medical Evaluation Pass a background investigation including a credit and criminal check No default on $7,500 or more in delinquent debt (but for some bankruptcies) Selective Service registration required Qualifications Applica