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Vacancy Announcement Number: TSA-04-2094 Amended*
*Amended to add payment of special salary allowance

Opening Date: 07-14-04
Closing Date: 03-30-05

POSITION TITLE: Transportation Security Screener
Annual Salary Range of $29,500 - $44,250*

*Advertised salary includes a special 25% allowance for this location. An 11.72%
locality pay is also authorized, in addition to this amount.

*TSA has approved the payment of a Special Salary Allowance at this location in
order to recruit and retain highly qualified employees. The Special Salary
Allowance is based on 25% of basic pay (i.e., prior to the addition of locality
pay); and it is a continuing payment that is paid every two weeks.

Number of Positions: Multiple Vacancies

Position Location:
U.S Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Aviation Operations Division
Nantucket Memorial Airport

Duty Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Area of Consideration:
Open to all U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals. For further information concerning
U.S. citizenship, please visit

Job Category: Specialized

Permanent Change of Duty Station: No relocation expenses will be paid.

Type of Appointment: Permanent - Full Time Positions. This is an Excepted Service

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy announcement is to fill positions only at the airports
listed above. If you are interested in working at airports other than those
airports listed in this vacancy announcement, you may either complete a Career
Profile and you will be automatically notified of vacancies when they occur at
airports where you have indicated an interest in working; or you may apply for
vacancies at other airports when those vacancies are advertised. If you want to
complete a Career Profile for future vacancies where you want to work, please go
to and then scroll to the bottom of the page
to "Create/Modify your Career Profile." If you need assistance, you may call the
TSA Recruitment Center at 1-800-887-1895 or TTY 1-800-887-5506.

Under this appointment you are eligible for health insurance and life insurance

Work Schedule: Full-time (40) hours per week. Full-time work hours for this
position consists of shift-work on any day from Sunday through Saturday which may
include irregular hours, nights and week-end shifts, changing shifts, and split
shifts. Specific work schedules will be determined by the airport.

Introduction: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for
security relating to civil aviation, maritime, and all other modes of
transportation, including transportation facilities and is the lead agency for
security at airports, ports, and on the nation's railroads, highways, and public
transit systems. TSA is responsible for Federal security screening operations for
passenger air transportation and intelligence information related to
transportation security; managing and carrying out program and regulatory
activities; discovering, preventing, and dealing with threats to transportation
security; research and development activities related to enhancing transportation
security; coordinating inter-model transportation security; including aviation,
rail, and other surface transportation, and maritime transportation; and
overseeing most transportation related responsibilities of the Federal government
during a national emergency. TSA will manage the airport security workforce and
promote security management for railroads, highways, pipelines, and public
transit systems.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: You will perform a variety of duties
related to providing security and protection of air travelers, airports and
aircraft. You will be responsible for identifying dangerous objects in baggage,
cargo and/or on passengers; and preventing those objects from being transported
onto aircraft. You are required to perform various tasks such as: wanding, pat
down searches, operation of x-ray machines, lifting of baggage (up to 70 pounds),
and screening and ticket review using electronic and imaging equipment. As a
Transportation Security Screener, you may perform passenger screening, baggage
screening or both. You are expected to perform these duties in a courteous and
professional manner.

Qualification Requirements:

1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National; AND
2. You must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent; OR at least one year
of full-time work experience in security work, aviation screener work, or x-ray
technician work.

In order to successfully perform this work, security screeners must possess the
following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

• English Proficiency (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, listening)
• Mental Abilities (e.g., visual observation and identification, mental rotation)
• Interpersonal Skills (e.g., customer service, dependability)
• Work Values (e.g., responsibility, honesty, integrity)
• Physical Abilities (e.g., repeatedly lifting and carrying baggage up to 70 lbs,
identifying objects by touch)

All security screeners must meet the following medical standards:

• Distance vision correctable to 20/30 or better in the best eye and 20/100 or
better in the worse eye
• Near vision correctable to 20/50 or better binocular
• Color perception (e.g., red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, brown, black,
white, gray) note: color filters (e.g., contact lenses) for enhancing color
discrimination are prohibited
• Hearing as measured by audiometry cannot exceed: a) an average hearing loss of
30 decibels (ANSI) at 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000Hz in each ear, b) single readings
of 50 decibels at 2000 or 3000 Hz in each ear, c) single reading of 55 decibels
at 4000 Hz in each ear
• Adequate joint mobility, dexterity and range of motion, strength, and stability
(to lift and move up to 70 pounds), as well as a complete medical evaluation
including cardiovascular system, hypertension, etc.

Conditions of Employment:

To be considered for employment, you must be able to:
• demonstrate daily a fitness for duty without impairment due to illegal drugs,
sleep deprivation, medication, or alcohol;
• work all of the following: irregular hours and/or shifts, including
split-shifts; holidays and weekends; overtime; and extended hours;
• pass a Drug and Alcohol Screening; and
• pass a background investigation, including a criminal check and a credit check.

In addition, you must successfully complete required training, which includes:
56-72 hours of classroom training, 112-128 hours of on-the-job training, and a
certification examination.

Continued employment is contingent upon passing recurrent training and
certification exams on a periodic basis.

This is a non-critical sensitive National Security position that requires you to
be fingerprinted, photographed, and complete appropriate security paperwork,
including a SF-86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions. If your credit
check reveals that you have defaulted on $5,000 or more in debt (excluding
certain circumstances of bankruptcy), owe any delinquent Federal or State taxes,
or owe any past due child support payments, you will not be eligible for this

Method of Evaluation: Applicants will be evaluated on their total background
including experience, education, awards, training, and self-development as it
relates to the position. If you are qualifying on the basis of substitution of
education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcript or a list
of courses with title of course, number of credits, grade, and date of
completion. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Refer to
the OPM and the U.S. Department of Education websites for more information at and
Responses to the evaluation criteria may be ranked according to relative merit
for this position and identified as being "qualified" or "best qualified."
Selection for this position will be made only from among candidates possessing
the best qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be notified to schedule for a
computerized test in accordance with the referral procedures listed below. The
test will consist of: (1) a competency inventory (service orientation, work
values, integrity, and dependability); (2) English proficiency; and (3) object

Referral and Scheduling of Applicants: Under this announcement, the initial
referral of minimally qualified applicants for the computerized testing will be
the first 24 hours after the position opens. Applications submitted by the
initial cutoff will be referred for consideration first. Applications received
after the initial cutoff will be referred, on a 24-hour basis, only if additional
candidates are needed to meet TSA hiring requirements. Preference will be
afforded to Veterans (under Title V and ATSA) in scheduling tests. At any 24-hour
cut-off point, if there are more qualified applicants than testing slots,
applicants will be referred in order of preference (Veterans under Title V and
ATSA). TSA has a bona-fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) requirement for
gender requiring a certain percentage of male and female passenger screeners for
gender-based pat downs. In airports where there is a BFOQ, females will be
provided preference in the referral and scheduling process. It is to your
advantage to apply early.

If you pass the computerized test, you will be eligible to be scheduled to attend
a further assessment session(s) following your computerized testing. Under
certain circumstances this assessment process may be scheduled on the same day as
your computer testing. During this assessment process, you will undergo: (1) an
interview; (2) a color vision test; (3) a medical evaluation including a physical
abilities test and a review of a medical questionnaire that will be provided at
the assessment session; and (4) a drug test. If you successfully pass each of the
above assessments, you will be considered further for employment. Preference will
be afforded to Veterans (under Title V and ATSA) when candidates are referred for
consideration and in the selection process. Applicants that apply for multiple
Transportation Security Screener vacancy announcements/positions will receive
consideration for all which they qualify. Once a Transportation Security Screener
position is offered and accepted by a candidate, they will be removed from
consideration for any additional Transportation Security Screener positions.

TSA will not pay any travel expenses for you to attend the test center nor any
part of your continuing assessment(s).

PLEASE NOTE: If you take the computerized test and do not pass that test, you
cannot be retested until six months after you last took the test. Also, if you do
not pass all parts of your assessment, you cannot be re-assessed for a
Transportation Security Screener position for a minimum of six months after the
date you failed to pass a part of your assessment.

Veterans' Preference: You must clearly identify your claim for veterans'
preference on your application. If you are claiming a 5-point veteran preference,
you will be required during your assessment process to provide a copy of your
DD-214, Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of
entitlement. If you are claiming a 10-point preference, you will be required
during your assessment process to provide a SF-15, and the required proof (i.e.,
Veterans Administration letter dated within the last year, and the latest copy of
report of separation from active duty (DD-214) to establish proof of honorable
discharge). Eligibility requirements for 5-point and 10-point veterans'
preference are available in the VetGuide that may be found on the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management's web site at

Under Public Law 107-71, you may receive veterans' preference if you are a member
or former member of the United States Armed Forces, and entitled, under statute,
to retired, retirement, or retainer pay. If you are claiming veterans' preference
under P.L. 107-71, you will be required to provide proof of entitlement.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59, you
are required under the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 and the Military
Selective Service Act to register in order to be eligible for this appointment.
For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

How to Apply: Applications for this position must be received online at If you need assistance or are unable to
complete this application online, you may call the TSA Recruitment Center at
1-800-887-1895 or TTY 1-800-887-5506. If you have previously applied for a
Transportation Security Screener position, but were not scheduled for testing,
you must reapply in order to be considered for appointment. Once you have
completed the application, you will be notified of the status of your

TSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive
consideration without regard to non-merit factors as race, color, religion,
gender, handicap, age, sexual orientation, national origin, political
affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying disabilities, membership or
non-membership in an employee organization, personal favoritism, protected
genetic information, or status as a parent. TSA does have requirements to provide
same-gender screening to travelers to protect their privacy.

If you are a qualified candidate with a disability and you wish to request a
reasonable accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act (the federal governments
version of the Americans with Disabilities Act), you may download the appropriate
forms at
or you may call the TSA Recruitment Center at 1-800-887-1895 or TTY
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