TSA Begins Local Hiring Initiative for Security Officers at Rhode Island Airport

April 3, 2006
Agency seeks part-time officers for T.F. Green Airport in West Warwick, R.I.

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking for talented candidates in the greater Providence area to work as part-time Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) on the frontlines of T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in an ongoing effort to secure the homeland. TSA at T.F. Green in West Warwick is one of many airports in the nation to launch a local hiring initiative. The initiative will replace the current Washington, D.C.-based hiring system and allow the agency to quickly hire talented security professionals to meet the changing needs of the operation.

"We're looking for hard-working professionals with the desire to protect the flying public and a strong commitment to security," said Joseph Salter, TSA Federal Security Director at T.F. Green Airport.

TSOs at T.F. Green Airport make $13.56 per hour, including locality pay. Part-time TSOs work a 32-hour week and are eligible for health and life insurance, retirement, paid annual (vacation) and sick leave.

After the attacks of September 11th, TSA hired more than 50,000 TSOs in a matter of months to comply with a Congressional mandate that required the agency to outfit the nation's commercial airports with a federal screening workforce. To manage this massive task, a national contractor was hired to recruit and assess candidates and stand-up security at more than 450 commercial airports nationwide. Now the agency is transitioning to local recruitment and TSA at T.F. Green Airport is looking to attract strong local candidates in the greater Providence area for these important security positions.

TSOs provide frontline security and protect travelers by identifying dangerous objects in baggage and on passengers. They prevent threat objects from being transported onto aircraft by utilizing diverse, cutting-edge electronic detection and imaging equipment as well as lessons learned from a concentrated training curriculum.

Individuals interested in a career in the aviation security can apply online at www.tsa.gov (click on "Employment").