The Transportation Security Administration has openings for thirty new Federal Air Marshals.

Starting salaries range from $36,400.00 to $83,900.00/year.


Incumbent serves as a Federal Air Marshal (FAM) in the OLE/FAMS, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security. The OLE/FAMS mission is to promote confidence in the Nation’s civil aviation system through the effective deployment of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) to detect, deter and defeat hostile acts targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers and crews.

Consistent with the duties described herein, FAMs: administer, coordinate, supervise or perform, investigative, analytical, or advisory work to enforce Federal laws, regulations, or other mandatory guidelines; carry firearms; make arrests without warrants for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if there is probable cause to believe that a felony is or has been committed; seek and execute warrants for arrest or seizure of evidence issued under the authority of the United States upon probable cause that a violation has been committed; and identify and interview witnesses and suspects. Present information regarding the above to the appropriate U.S. Attorney, as necessary. Such enforcement activities may involve matters of extreme sensitivity with difficult planning and coordination problems because of jurisdictional concerns involving other nations and federal, state, county, and local governments.

Participate, as needed, in multi-agency task forces and in land-based investigative assignments involving other Federal, State and local agencies consistent with the President s agenda for an integrated Federal law enforcement and intelligence approach to proactively fight terrorism at all levels. Incumbents are required to work for long periods without a break; are on call 24 hours a day; and participate in a mandatory physical fitness program.

Effective performance of FAM duties and responsibilities requires employment of law enforcement techniques, including: surveillance, surveillance detection and counter surveillance, interviews and interrogations, background checks, use of wireless device systems, cameras and copiers, report writing, making arrests and detentions, conducting searches and seizures, preparing and obtaining complaints and warrants, working with the U.S. Attorney, testifying in court, and carrying out undercover and covert work assignments. At the full performance level, the incumbent serves in a lead capacity as a key person and team leader. Incumbent serves in the capacity of acting supervisor as directed in the supervisor’s absence.


  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Skill to function effectively in a stressful environment.
  • Skill in effective oral communication.
  • Ability to effectively solve problems.
  • Ability to function effectively in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement functions, laws, policies and procedures.


Upon entrance to duty with the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS), the employee must be available to attend a seven-week residential training course in Artesia, New Mexico followed by an additional seven weeks at the OLE/FAMS Training Academy in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The employee must reside at each location for the duration of the training.

This position requires employees to agree to a Mobility Agreement. DUTY LOCATION IS DETERMINED BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL SERVICE AND THE INCUMBENT MAY BE REASSIGNED TO DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THEIR TENURE. Selectees will be required to sign the Mobility Agreement as a condition of Employment.

Title 18 USC, Section 922 (G), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position. Upon selection, the candidate must complete the Qualifications Declaration and Inquiry for Positions Requiring the Possession of Firearms or Ammunition Form.

This position requires a Top Secret Security clearance. Employees with a Top Secret clearance must complete the online questionnaire, but will not undergo the background investigation portion of the assessment process.

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