Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • San Jose, CA, USA


Protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.


An agile security agency, embodied by a professional workforce, that engages its partners and the American people to outmatch a dynamic threat.

Core Values

Integrity. Respect. Commitment.

Workforce Expectations

Hard work. Professionalism. Integrity.


On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The attacks resulted in the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, designed to prevent similar attacks in the future. Driven by a desire to help our nation, tens of thousands of people joined TSA and committed themselves to strengthening our transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce.

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, passed by the 107th Congress and signed on November 19, 2001, established TSA.

$57,000 - $89,000 yearly
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) San Jose, CA, USA
Mar 06, 2019
Full time
Summary   Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here   Responsibilities   As a Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) within the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you will be responsible for ensuring security compliance of persons and transportation systems and entities regulated under the Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1500 series. You will perform selected assignments and progressively responsible inspection work such as: Conducting less complex inspections or portions of more complex inspections. Applying basic technical inspection knowledge acquired in formal core training and on-the-job training (OJT), along with any limited experience gained prior to or after such training. Conducting regulatory inspections and investigations, and supporting criminal investigations related to alleged or suspected security violations. Responding to security incidents, threats, violations, or potential violations. Providing overt and covert presence, including high visibility activities, to detect and reduce identified security threats and vulnerabilities. Participating in covert and overt test and audits, as well as vulnerability assessments. Reviewing and analyzing assessment reports and testing results with specific attention to identifying unusual trends or actions that appear to have the potential for developing a security or safety problem. Note: This work is observed and reviewed frequently during inspections and at completion for technical accuracy, application of inspection methods and techniques, and oral and written effectiveness and clarity. If selected, you will perform work in one or more specialty areas for which hired (aviation, cargo, or surface). The duties of this position are performed under close supervision and guidance.   Travel Required Occasional travel - A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status will be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA’s in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee’s duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential H Requirements Conditions of Employment You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National. You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI). Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing. You must hold a valid driver's license. Selective Service registration is required. See "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" sections.   You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Minimum Entry Age Requirement: To be determined eligible applicants must have reached the minimum entry age of 18 years at the time their application is submitted and, if selected for the position, will be required to provide such proof prior to appointment. Conditions of Employment: Working conditions include, but are not limited to, arduous conditions such as traversing rough terrain and uneven surfaces, prolonged standing, bending, and stooping to observe work operations, ability to climb into aircraft baggage holds, rail cars, aircraft and other transportation equipment. Other conditions include: Work may require driving or traveling by motor vehicle and occasionally involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk or discomforts that require special safety precautions. You must pass a Background Investigation (BI) and maintain eligibility for a clearance at the Secret level. You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National. You must successfully complete the Basic Transportation Security Inspections and/or Surface Course. Surface TSIs must successfully complete the RR101 and HAZMAT training programs, in addition to the Basic Transportation Security Inspections and/or Surface Course. You must be willing to undertake extensive travel, at times overnight, as required. You must hold a valid driver's license. You must hold or be able to obtain a Government travel card. Must be available, as needed, to respond to security-related crisis or incidents to protect U.S. transportation interests within the U.S. and possibly worldwide. You must be available to work various shifts, including frequently changing and uncommon tours of duty. You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing. This position is not covered by Law Enforcement Availability or Law Enforcement Retirement.   Qualifications To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band , you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) as outlined below: A.  Experience : For those qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline three (3) years of progressively responsible general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the SV-F or GS-4 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent in the private sector. Such experience will demonstrate the ability to: analyze problems, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. OR    B. Education : Bachelor's or higher-level degree in any field from an accredited college or university. OR   C. Combination of education and experience : Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the position; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the position; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position. Note: For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.   Natasha Glynn Team C