Criminal Investigator Trainee - 90359448 - Philadelphia

Date: May 24, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Amtrak OIG is not a Federal agency. Our employment opportunities are not federal jobs.


Join with the Inspector General to help make America’s railroad operate more efficiently and effectively. Our team provides independent oversight of Amtrak’s programs and operations and works diligently to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse by Amtrak employees, contractors, or vendors. This work not only helps to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Amtrak, but it also informs decision-making by Amtrak’s Board of Directors, Amtrak management, and Congress. We employ a diverse team of auditors, special agents, analysts, forensic examiners, lawyers, and support staff to complete our exciting mission. Join us as we continue toward our goal of building a model OIG centered on independence, teamwork, diversity, work-life balance, and oversight that makes a difference!


Summary of Duties:

The incumbent serves as an entry-level Criminal Investigator in the Office of Investigations who works under the general direction and guidance of a senior criminal investigator(s) in conducting criminal, civil, and administrative investigations involving Amtrak operations.
Essential Functions:

•    Works under the general direction and guidance of a senior criminal investigator(s) in conducting law enforcement activities including, but not limited to, interviews of subjects and witnesses to establish the extent and nature of crimes and violations;  executing lawful search warrants to obtain ethical and legally admissible evidence; reviewing documents and records; analyzing relevant data; collecting and preserving evidence in accordance with policies and procedures; providing discovery of evidence of crimes and violations; writing detailed reports of interview and investigative results, etc. 
•    Assists senior investigators with higher level investigations which includes developing investigative plans. 
•    Carry and use a firearm.
•    Assists in the research, gathering, and analysis of evidence and  information to assist senior investigators in the preparation of investigative reports, oral reports, and/or testimony.
•    Serves subpoenas, assists in executing search and arrest warrants, and participates in routine surveillance activities.  
•    Verbally articulates facts and findings accurately, concisely and objectively. Testifies in court and administrative hearings as appropriate.
•    Acquires, maintains, and applies knowledge of Federal and state laws and law enforcement trends.
•    Other duties as assigned





•    Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university in Business Administration, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Law, or other related field.



•    Must have business, accounting, criminal justice, or legal experience.
•    Must satisfactorily complete the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia within one year from date of hire.
•    Must remain employed with Amtrak OIG for a minimum of 24 months after completion of the FLETC training, if applicable.  Failure to comply will result in having to reimburse Amtrak OIG a prorated amount of the cost of FLETC training.
•    Must be able to successfully complete firearms training and maintain qualifications to carry and use firearms.
•    Submit to a pre-employment drug test and successfully complete pre-employment background check that includes a criminal history and credit history check.  
•    Must have a valid drivers license to operate OIG motor vehicle.


Minimum KSAs
•    Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•    Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
•    Ability to multi-task with attention to detail.
•    Must be able to maintain composure in stressful situations and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
•    Ability to cooperate across organizational boundaries to reach mutual goals.
•    Creativity, flexibility and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with constantly changing priorities.
•    Analytical, problem solving and project management skills.


•    Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Accounting, or other related field or a Juris Doctorate degree.
•    Familiarity with Federal criminal and civil laws, practice and procedure.
•    Knowledge of criminal investigative techniques (e.g. handling confidential informants, undercover assignments, physical and electronic surveillance, etc.).
•    Familiarity with passenger rail operations and/or transportation operations.
•    Knowledgeable of white-collar crime such as contract/procurement, healthcare, and/or financial fraud.
•    Knowledge or experience with electronic database systems.

•    Internship with law enforcement agency/entity.


The salary/hourly range is $70,057 - $94,577. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc.  In addition to your salary, Amtrak OIG offers a flexible hybrid work schedule and comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.


Yes – 30%

Requisition ID:158616
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Government Affairs 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements: 30%

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any start or local statue, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.