The United States Postal Inspection Service announces the opening of a LIMITED HIRING application window for POSTAL INSPECTOR POSITIONS ONLY.

MONDAY, JUNE 21 (10:00 a.m., CDT) – SATURDAY, JUNE 26 (10:00 a.m., CDT)

IMPORTANT: All conditions as described MUST be met to be considered. If you apply and do not meet ALL criteria, you will not be considered for a position.

Recruitment 1811

Recruitment 1811



    1811 Series Criminal Investigator
    Applicants eligible to apply must be currently employed for a minimum of three years as an OPM-designated 1811 Series Criminal Investigator (career or career-conditional) and willing to work in one or more of the locations listed below.

    Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

    Duty Locations:
    Boston Division: Portland, ME; Syracuse, NY
    Chicago Division: Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; St. Louis, MO
    Detroit Division: Detroit, MI
    Fort Worth: Oklahoma City, OK
    Houston Division
    : Corpus Christi, TX; Shreveport, LA
    Los Angeles Division: Los Angeles, CA
    New York Division: New York, NY
    Newark Division: San Juan, PR* (special skills required)
    National Headquarters: Washington, DC** (special skills required)
    Philadelphia Division
    : Philadelphia, PA
    Phoenix Division
    : Phoenix, AZ
    Pittsburg Division
    : Louisville, KY
    San Francisco Division
    : San Francisco, CA; Sacramento, CA
    Seattle Division: Seattle, WA; Anchorage, AK; Juneau, AK; Grants Pass, OR

    *Must possess the Foreign Language special skill in Spanish.
    **Must possess the Cyber/Security Technology special skills.



    For Newark/San Juan, PR Location ONLY.
    Advanced competency and fluency in written and verbal communications for Spanish.
    *The foreign language skill possessed should be included in applicant’s online application.

    Candidates must successfully complete a formal oral proficiency test administered through the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.


    For National Headquarters – Cyber/Security Technology position ONLY.
    Applicants with at least 2 years of work experience in any of the following areas:

    • Cyber Security
    • Network Intrusion Incident Response
    • Network or Computer Forensics
    • Dark Web Investigations
    • eCommerce Fraud Related Investigations
    • Crypto-currency Related Investigations

    Describe your Cyber/Security Technology work experience in the Cybersecurity, Incident Response or Forensics Experience text box in the application.

    And possess one or more of the following certifications:

    • SANS Certifications: GCIA, GCFE, GCFA, GNFA
    • DCITA Cyber Crime/Network Forensics Certifications
    • CISSP
    • Security +
    • Network +

    Enter your certifications into the Cybersecurity, Incident Response or Forensics Experience text box in the application.

    Proof of certification will be required.


    Please visit the Postal Inspectors Careers page for more information about becoming a United States Postal Inspector here.


    Applicants entitled to veterans’ preference are eligible to apply if you meet the basic eligibility, qualifications, and special skill requirements in this vacancy announcement. To claim veterans’ preference, you will be required to provide the DD Form 214 (Member Copy 2, 4, 7, or 8), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

    Applicants claiming 10-point preference will also be required, at a minimum, to provide a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference, and a letter from the VA Regional Office stating the percentage of disability (it is not necessary to send documentation of what the specific disabilities are). Additional supporting documentation (i.e., DD 1300 (Report of Casualty), Purple Heart Award, etc.) may be required and requested in order to confirm preference status.


    All OPM-designated 1811 Series Criminal Investigator applicants must apply competitively via the Inspector Recruitment Application System (IRAS), and will undergo an abbreviated applicant screening process.

    You will need these computer specifications to apply for the position:

    • PC running Windows 7 (touch screens are not recommended)
    • High-speed internet (recommended)
    • Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 51 or higher, Firefox 30 or higher
    • Phone and tablet devices are not supported

    Applicants who have previously applied for the Postal Inspector position do not need to create a new profile:
    You will need to validate your Social Security Number (SSN) if you wish to reapply for this position.

    1. Log into IRAS with your User ID and password
    2. Review and update your profile information.

    New applicants must create an account with a User ID and password:

    1. Select Applicants Registration at the top of the page to initiate the application process.
    2. On the New Account page, complete all fields with an asterisk.
    3. Select Create User. You will be advised to check your email for further instructions. Please check your spam folder as well.
    4. Look for an email with the subject line: New Account Validation. It will confirm your new account and instruct you to copy and paste a URL into the web browser.
    5. A new message will appear: User has been validated.


    You may then begin the application process:

    • Select Click Here to log in. Enter all fields and select Save.
    • To change information after saving, select My Profile.
    • You may edit your profile on the View Profile page.

    You must provide the following information in your application:

    • Citizenship
    • Driver’s License Information
    • Post Secondary Education
    • Work History
    • Specialized Experience (see special skills list above; describe your specialized experience and skills in the text boxes of the application)
    • Service in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans’ Preference
    • Geographic availability (you must select at least one Duty Station listed above in the application)
    • Basic entry qualifications

    Required Documents:
    Applicants will be required to validate their current 1811 career employment status by providing a copy of their current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. For more information on Criminal Investigation Series 1811 positions, please reference an OPM document entitled, Job Family Position Classification Standard for Administrative Work in the Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Group, 1800“.

    Contact: Applicants with questions should email

Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Begin your application process by going to the Inspection Recruitment Application System (IRAS). Portal is NOW CLOSED.