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Field IT Technician

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $59,983 - $106,012
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Field IT Technician for the CIA, you are responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of computer, network and telecommunications systems in Agency data centers world-wide. Participating in the full project life cycle, you will plan, upgrade, modify, configure and document communications systems and associated infrastructure. Systems include LAN/WAN technology, terrestrial and RF communications platforms (to include satellite, VHF/UHF and microwave systems), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), cryptographic equipment and fiber optics. In a supporting role, you will also perform installation, operation and maintenance of AC power distribution grids, emergency power generators, transformers, automatic voltage regulators (AVR) and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

The capacity and commitment to serve globally is essential. Field IT Technicians typically work overseas in a temporary travel status up to 50% of the time. Some assignments may be in difficult, harsh and challenging environments. Opportunities to live and work overseas are also available and most Field IT Technicians live abroad at some point in their careers. Field IT Technicians receive benefits and allowances for travel that positively impact their overall compensation.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in a STEM discipline to include:
    • Electronics and Communications Engineering Technology
    • Computer Network Systems
    • Computer Science or related field
    • Information Technology
  • Or, equivalent relevant civilian or military experience (minimum of four years documented experience) in the installation and maintenance of network infrastructure  in an IT enterprise
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds when supporting installations or special requirements
  • Ability to climb ladders, stoop, bend and reach for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work independently and closely with other professionals
  • Dynamic and flexible professional approach
  • Strong desire to learn
  • Accountability for actions

Desired Qualifications:

  • Desired certifications include:
    • Project Management
    • A+
    • Network+
    • Security+
    • CNA
    • CCENT
    • Fiber Optics
    • Journeyman license in IT Infrastructure or Electrical discipline
    • OSHA certifications

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position.  Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all college / university academic work


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Jun 19, 2008 02:56 PM
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2018 01:36 PM

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