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Postal Inspectors are sworn federal law enforcement officers who investigate crimes involving the U.S. Mail or related to the U.S. Postal Service. Postal Inspectors serve subpoenas, execute arrest and search warrants, conduct surveillance, provide courtroom testimony, and work closely with other federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies to investigate complex crimes. Postal Inspectors perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Plan, collect and organize data, information and evidence for routine investigations. Assist with the collection and organization of data, information and evidence for complex investigations.
  2. Develop investigative reports containing case findings and recommendations for routine investigations. Provide assistance in the development of investigative reports containing case findings and recommendations for complex cases.
  3. Apprehend and arrest suspected violators of postal and related federal laws.
  4. Develop materials needed for conducting prosecutions and/or hearings. May serve as a Postal Service witness for case data, information, and evidence.
  5. Document and record pertinent case activity.
  6. Provide assistance in the initial response to operational emergencies to protect mail, postal assets, and employees, and communicate details and other information to Inspection Service control points.
Postal Inspectors carry firearms, have the authority to make arrests, and may perform their duties under hazardous and adverse conditions. This position requires work during irregular, extended and unscheduled hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.
You may be eligible to become a Postal Inspector if you:

  • Are a U.S. Citizen between 21 and less than 37 years of age at the time of appointment (age exception may be granted for preference eligible veterans).
  • Currently hold a four-year degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have no felony or domestic violence convictions.
  • Are in good physical condition.
  • Willing to relocate.
  • Write and speak English clearly.
Highly qualified candidates will possess one or more of the following special knowledge tracks:

  1. Foreign Language Skills
  2. Prior Postal Service Experience
  3. Academic Achievement (>3.0 GPA or advanced degree)
  4. Specialized Experience (e.g. prior law enforcement or military experience, relevant professional certifications)
This application is for multiple positions nationwide, and while consideration will be given to applicants' location preferences, all applicants must be willing to relocate. Applicants may be placed at, or at locations served by, the division headquarters posted in this listing.

Salary range is $53,593 - $105,579 per year depending upon education, experience, and prior government service. Please visit for additional details on the position, benefits, and application process.