FBI Careers in Security
Now, more than ever, security personnel play a crucial role in the mission of the FBI. They help keep the Bureau secure through administering security programs, establishing procedures for processing security requests, providing security training to the workforce, and more. The FBI is always looking for highly qualified individuals to become part of our security personnel teams. Opportunities for security professionals include all of those listed in the sections below. All candidates for FBI positions must meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility requirements.
Please see the information outlined below regarding each position’s qualification requirements. More information is included in the job postings for specific positions. Please keep in mind that all positions may not always be available.
Physical Security Specialist
Ensure the Security of FBI Facilities.
The Physical Security Specialist is one of the first lines of defense against domestic and international threats. The knowledge base and duties of this role include, but are not limited to:
- Knowledge of basic principles, concepts, practices, and methods to perform developmental and procedural work assignments. Must have knowledge of Intelligence Community Directive 705.
- Intrusion detection, access control security equipment, and locking devices. Additional knowledge of proactive methods and security procedures is required.
- Evaluation of protective devices and procedures.
- Ability to climb ladders and possess the manual dexterity to open ventilation inspection ports while conducting inspections on construction projects.
Protect FBI Personnel.
FBI Police Officers play a key role in keeping the FBI and surrounding areas secure. They provide service to those in their duty stations and travel, if necessary, to aid in times of crisis. New appointees will be required to successfully complete an intensive, 12-week, Uniformed Police Officer Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. After graduating from FLETC, cadets will receive four weeks of specialized instruction at the FBI Academy and five weeks of on-the-job training (OJT) with a Field Training Officer (FTO) after being assigned to a permanent Duty Location.
For more information about the FBI Police Officer position, please download the Police Officer Selection System Candidate Information Packet.
Coordinating and Administering to FBI Security
Security Specialists provide direct support and service to the administration of the FBI Personnel Security Program by conducting complex security assessment investigations and rendering appropriate adjudications. They are tasked with reviewing and critically analyzing incoming material/correspondence, and outlining possible security concerns relating to complex security assessment issues. They also determine merit for granting, continuing, and/or revoking security clearances and access authorizations. Further duties include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing security plans
- Interpreting policies relating to FBI security functions
- Participating in inspections of designated secure areas
- Preparing summaries
Candidates for this position also require knowledge of security equipment, devices, and procedures used in planning and implementing security measures for the protection of classified and sensitive data, personnel or facilities. This includes a variety of alarm and detection devices, closed circuit systems, and locking devices for doors, windows, vaults and gates.
Industrial Security Specialist
Industrial Security Specialist
Industrial Security Specialists safeguard FBI operations through the proactive identification, assessment, and mitigation of risks associated with the procurement of critical assets and classified contracts. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Execution of company threat assessments and procurement risk assessments in accordance with Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) standards.
- Establishment and maintenance of appropriate records of procurement and unit activity associated with contractors, including certification and accreditation, inspection, and advice and assistance visits.
- Providing awareness briefings in response to technology warnings and technology attacks of FBI acquired systems.
Furthermore, candidates must possess knowledge of supply chain and risk management processes in addition to understanding the National Industrial Security Program. Strong analytical abilities are necessary to reviewing investigative reports on complex security matters. Candidates must be able to identify existing security vulnerabilities.
Personnel Security Specialist
Personnel Security Specialist
Personnel Security Specialists conduct the security background investigations of FBI employment candidates and employees from inception to completion and provide security adjudicative decisions. They provide direct support to the background investigation processes by reviewing and analyzing requests for investigations concerning security clearances, requirements, violations, and assessments. Subjects of investigations range from on-board employees, contract/access applicants and other personnel requiring clearances. Personal Security Specialists duties include but are not limited to:
- Processing indices checks.
- Conducting arrest checks and other various records checks.
- Conducting Personnel Security Interviews.
- Conducting Security Briefings.
This role requires summaries to be prepared from investigative reports. The candidate will be communicating with internal and external stakeholders and must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Additionally, strong analytical ability is required to evaluate information developed during the course of an investigation. Candidates must be able to identify questionable indicators that require further analysis.
Entry-level applicants should apply to this position via the FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative.