The FBI employs a variety of professionals to undertake surveillance operations. Surveillance Specialists are selected because they’re able to blend into crowds, follow lead Agent instructions and monitor possible criminals and terrorists. Surveillance Specialists don’t have to be Special Agents and do not have to participate in FBI training.

The FBI uses electronic, GPS, and satellite surveillance, but sometimes the best form of surveillance is human based. Special Surveillance Group are able to follow suspects in a constant and thorough way that sometimes technology cannot.

Job Description for Surveillance Specialist

Due the growing sophistication of terrorist and espionage organizations, as well as increasing public knowledge of the abilities of federal bodies, the Surveillance Specialist jobs have become quite difficult. Surveillance Specialists must use many different and precise maneuvers in order to appear normal, as suspects are looking for any trait that might give away someone surveilling them.

Surveillance Specialists must use both professional and their individual skills to follow suspects obtain information. Sometimes they will watch from a static post (for instance in a neighbouring building), while sometimes they will follow a moving target (for instance in a car or on a bicycle. Surveillance Specialists must be able to travel around the country.

Surveillance jobs involve:

1. Planning, organising and carrying out surveillance operations.
2. Creating surveillance posts in both moving and fixed positions.
3. Keeping track of the communications between suspects.
4. Taking photos, recording sound and video of targets using electronic surveillance techniques.
5. Analyse gathered information and share data with FBI.
6. Maintaining a superior level of attention and professionalism during programs.

Salary for Surveillance Specialists

Surveillance Specialists do not need to be Special Agents, which means the FBI has more choices when choosing specialists. Surveillance Specialists are hired at a GS-7 or GS-9 pay rate, depending on their educational and experimental background, and can be promoted to the GS-12 pay grade for a superior position. Salaries are adjusted for cost of living, and those working extended hours can claim Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, which is an extra 10 to 25 percent of base wages.