Do radio for a living

This is a GS-12/13 entry level at $83,398 to $128,920 per year.

The incumbent performs "watch duty" and serves as a technical authority providing technical assistance and guidance to communication systems users to resolve radio interference complaints and problems; and collects radio signal analysis information.  Uses radio signal analysis equipment deployed throughout the United States to collect, correlate, analyze, characteristics of radio signals involved in interference problems, distress or safety-related signals or other radio signals involved in other high priority activities such as law enforcement or national defense, to include HF, VHF, and UHF.   Collects radio signal analysis information; analyzes complaints, inquires, and comments from multiple sources; investigates compliances with the Commission's rules and regulations; and determines the appropriate actions utilizing FCC's remote high frequency network of radio direction finders and radio signal analysis equipment.  Develops definitive technical solutions concerning telecommunications system architectures, interoperability, expansion potential, and overall end-to-end compatibility and net centricity.  Interacts with public, licensees of various radio services, private industries, other government agencies, and representatives of foreign governments.  Represents the Bureau in meetings within and outside the agency.  Conducts formal and on-the-job training of co-workers, new recruits, clients, and USTTI participants.


GS-13: Specialized experience includes the following: Applying investigative techniques for radio traffic analysis; Applying principles and methods of radio frequency propagation (e.g. HF and/or VHF, UHF); Analyzing spectrum occupancy figures and geographic features(e.g. fixed and mobile radio stations, radar, navigational aids, satellite links, terrestrial microwave and trunking systems); Translating radio communication including modulation characteristics, frequency selection and proper monitoring techniques.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID 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.

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