Criminal Investigator
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Pine Ridge, South Dakota
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 1, 2016 ()
    Close: April 21, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    Criminal Investigation
    Internal Job Number: DM-16-PQ1667263 (DEU)
  • Organization Details
    Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Department Of The Interior
  • Salary Information
    $50,600.00 - $92,316.00 Per Year
    40% below average

    Pay Band: GS-1811-09/12
  • Who Can Apply?
    United States Citizens
Position Summary

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date. INTRODUCTION : The Office of Justice Services (OJS), within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is searching for individuals to serve as a Criminal Investigator at the Pine Ridge Agency in Pine Ridge, SD. Do you have extensive experience conducting the full range of complex investigations relating to major Federal crimes on Indian reservations and trust lands throughout the United States? Do you have a thorough knowledge of Tribal laws, codes and orders governing criminal and civil infractions? If so, this job could be for you! Salary Information : Starting salary is GL-9: $50,600; GS-11: $5,246; and GS-12: $71,012 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government start at the starting salary of the grade level. GL/GS-1811 positions are also eligible for 25% law enforcement availability pay. The full performance level of this position is GS-12. Please note, promotions to the next grade level are not a guarantee. NOTE : A one-year probationary period may be required if the selectee is hired on a Competitive Appointment or a two-year trial period may be required if the selectee is hired on a Excepted Service Appointment. This position is being advertised concurrently with DM-16-PQ1667537(MP) using Merit Promotion procedures. Status applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement. RESUMES : Candidates' resumes must show possession of the minimum qualifications requirements stated in this vacancy announcement. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens Indian Preference candidates (must submit a BIA Form 4432)



To qualify at the GL-09 grade level, you must have one year experience equivalent to the GL-8 grade level performing the following: Investigating, apprehending, arresting and detaining individuals suspected of crimes; assisting in the surveillance of sites; performing limited analysis and collection of evidence; and preparing case reports that are reviewed by a senior official.



2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or a LL.B or J.D., in a related field of study or a combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100 of the experience requirement.


In addition to the experience at lower grade levels to qualify at the GS-11, you must have one year experience equivalent to the GL-9 grade level performing the following: Investigating, apprehending, arresting and detaining individuals related to an alleged violation of Federal, State, Tribal and/or local laws, such as simple assault, burglary, auto theft or child sexual abuse; testifying at hearings and trials in Federal, State, Tribal and/or local court; securing search and arrest warrants through process of affidavit; developing intelligence data on individuals and organizations known or suspected of criminal activity and/or performing undercover assignments, under the supervision of a senior official.



3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree or a L.L.M. in a related field of study OR a combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100% of the experience requirement.


In addition to the experience at lower grade levels, to qualify at the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level performing the following: Performing the full range of in-depth investigative duties related to complex criminal matters in multiple locations; investigating criminal activity such as murder, manslaughter, arson and robbery using a high degree of independent judgment, immediate decisions, and initiative; performing surveillance of sites and suspects for extended periods of time to obtain evidence and establish probable cause of a crime; and preparing complex case reports of investigation, activity reports, and statistical reports as required academic requirements.

If you qualify based in whole or in part on education, you MUST submit transcripts.


LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP):  LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS - Incumbent must pass a medical examination and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) annually as part of a physical examination.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS - A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

DRIVING RECORD REQUIREMENT - Incumbent is required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DRUG TESTING: This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.



Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required 1 to 5 nights per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Organizes, plans and conducts the investigation of major and/or sensitive criminal activity occurring on or impacting Indian country, which can be complex and intricate in nature.
  • Apprehends, arrests, detains and interviews all subjects suspected of violations of Federal, State, Tribal and local laws. Testifies at hearings and trials and secures search warrants through processing of affidavit.
  • Gathers information at a crime scene, documents interrelationships of facts, relevance of evidence and validity of allegations involving criminal activity.
  • Prepares and/or review reports of investigations to ensure they are prepared in a clear, concise, logical and impartial manner for submission to the appropriate law enforcement, attorneys or prosecutors office.
  • Performs surveillance of sites and suspects and/or performs sensitive undercover assignments to obtain evidence, establishes probable cause or link multiple suspects and event to criminal activity.



In addition to the Federal benefits offered to all employees, we also offer:

  1. Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year, if applicable.
  2. Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $130 per month for mass transportation expenses.

This position IS NOT eligible for Telework.



The Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities when appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process, please contact the Agency's Human Resources Office at 703-390-6420 or via email at Decisions to grant reasonable accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management.


CTAP:  Current Department of the Interior employees who have not yet been separated but are identified as surplus or displaced due to reduction-in-force, transfer of function, or directed reassignment to a new commuting area, may be eligible for priority selection for this vacancy under CTAP.

ICTAP: Competitive service employees from a Federal agency (either within or outside of Interior) who have been or are being involuntarily separated due to one of the reasons identified here may be eligible for priority consideration under ICTAP. 

In order to receive priority consideration, you must submit proof of eligibility (Certificate of expected separation, proposed removal for failure to relocate, RIF Notice, SF-50 documenting your RIF or removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity determination, etc.) with your application package.  In addition, you must be rated at 85 or above or placed into at least the "well qualified" category under category rating procedures.  For complete information about CTAP and ICTAP, click here.


If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. 

  • For 5-point veterans? preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans? preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the documentation required by that form.
  • A disabled veteran must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) that indicates a honorable discharge.


Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.  Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7).  Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.

For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please visit:

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