Border Patrol Agent (Direct Hire)

Nationwide
US Customs and Border Protection
Salary: $52,285-$84,331 per year

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Closing Date: 06/07/2018

Salary: $52,285 to $84,331 per year

Responsibilities:

Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:

  • Patrol international land borders and coastal waters
  • Detect and prevent the illegal entry and smuggling of aliens into the United States
  • Detect and prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering into the United States
  • Prevent the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics and contraband into the United States

Being a Border Patrol Agent makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

  • Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions
  • Responding to electronic sensor alarms
  • Interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence
  • Using infrared scopes during night operations
  • Responding to aircraft sighting and other anti-smuggling activities
  • Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks
  • Patrolling the international boundary and coastal waterways and using a variety of Government assets for the accomplishment of the USBP Mission. These assets may include, but are not limited to: vehicles, horses, vessels, watercrafts, off-road vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles

Qualifications:

  • You must successfully pass a polygraph exam
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (waiver for Veterans)
  • You must have resided in the U.S. for the last 3 years
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Convictions of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are disqualifying
  • You will be required to carry a firearm
  • You will be required to work regular and recurring shift work
  • You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards
  • You must have a valid driver's license

 

You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $52,285 up to $65,356 with potential overtime) if you possess the following:

One year of specialized work experience in law enforcement that demonstrates the ability to make arrests which includes the detainment of a person(s), handcuffing, restraining, arresting or containment of person(s) and/or have one year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain contact with a network of informants, social and political organizations, state and local enforcement agencies, and private citizens, to ensure continuity of enforcement work and to carry out enforcement responsibilities. Experience should also demonstrate the ability to perform or conduct several of the following: criminal investigation involving violation of state, local or federal laws; seizure of illegal contraband (drugs); law enforcement database checks for citizenship, warrants, etc.; obtain or execute search warrants relevant to criminal cases or activity; testify in court to present evidence or act as a witness in administrative and/or criminal cases; administer oaths and/or receive sworn statements or facts from witnesses or other parties; exercise sound judgment in interpreting and applying matters relating to national security; deal effectively with individuals or groups of persons in a courteous, tactful manner in connection with law enforcement matters; and/or analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions or take prompt and appropriate law enforcement action in light of applicable laws, court decisions, and sound law enforcement procedures.

Note: To be eligible for overtime, employees must be fully trained.

 

Take the Border Patrol Practice Exam