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K-9 Handler, Canine Explosive Detection Team

Career Area: Security
City: Washington
State: District Of Columbia
Country: United States
Job Description




The Protective Force (PF) Explosives Detection Team (EDT) program exists to detect and thereby deter the introduction of explosives devices into the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters (HQ) facilities. This critical program uses a graded security systems approach to address potential explosive threats deemed to be credible as determined by a Security Risk Assessment (SRA) of covered facilities. Program elements will be developed and implemented as required to address applicable threat conditions as they develop or change over the course of time.


Explosive threats include both actual physical attempts to introduce an explosive device and communicated threats such as bomb threats to the facilities. Bomb threats cause significant disruption to DOE operations and pose an unacceptable danger to government employees, contractor employees, and visitors and therefore should be resolved as quickly and orderly as possible.


Explosive detection team will be deployed to assist emergency response management to search and clear areas, vehicles, and items determined to be potential explosive threats. EDTs are often utilized to clear designated meeting locations, venues, and adjacent facilities prior to the arrival of certain dignitaries as determined by the Secretary of Energy or their designee. EDTs are a proven reliable resource to detect explosives. Visible deployment of highly trained explosives detection canine teams in view of the public is also a proven deterrent to potential terrorist actions directed towards DOE HQ and provides a timely and mobile response to support its facilities during emergency events.





  • Explosive detection team operations will be integrated into the daily operations of the PF at the Forrestal and Germantown facilities. 
  • Explosive detection team handlers will take their operational direction from the Canine Lieutenant and / or the Shift Lieutenant.
  • The Canine Program Manager will be responsible for providing programmatic direction and control of the explosive detective team program. These requirements are further detailed in the following sections of this procedure.



  • Education: Applicant must possess a high school diploma, or its state recognized
  • Experience: Applicant must have a minimum of two (2) years of certifiable training and experience as a canine explosive detection team handler.
  • Clearance: At a minimum, the individual proposed must possess a DOE (Q) security clearance or must meet the eligibility requirements that will reasonably ensure a DOE (Q) clearance is obtained and must retain the clearance while assigned as a canine explosive detection team




  • Applicant must have graduated from an accredited explosive detection training and certification.
  • The applicant and canine must be trained to meet the Department of Treasury Odor Recognition Standard for Explosive Detection Canines.
  • Applicant must meet and maintain DOE Security Police Officer I standards as defined by 10 CFR 1046 and DOE Orders and Directives.
  • Applicant must successfully complete or must have completed a DOE approved, or equivalent, Supervisor Development Course.




Constellis offers a comprehensive, total rewards package that includes competitive compensation and a flexible benefits package that reflect its commitment to creating a diverse and supportive workplace.


  • Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time-Off Program & Company Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Insurance: Basic Life & Supplemental Life
  • Health & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
  • Personal Development & Learning Opportunities
  • On-the-job Training, Skills Development & Certifications
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Corporate Sponsored Events & Community Outreach




  • Applicant must be knowledgeable of and ensure canine’s training and well-being is maintained through an established quality assurance program and proper veterinarian care.
  • Applicant’s residence and its environment must be suitable to kennel the canine.
  • Applicant must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written.
  • Applicant must possess working knowledge of the protection of classified information, facilities, property and other assets.
  • Applicant must successfully complete or must have completed a DOE approved, or equivalent, Supervisor Development Course



May be required to lift and carry awkward items weighing up to 70 lbs. Requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching, and bending throughout the workday.