Border Patrol Agent (Direct Hire)

US Customs and Border Protection
Salary: $41,187-$74,108 per year

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

Closing Date: 2-4-19

$41,187 to $74,108 per ye

How to Prepare:
Border Patrol Agent Study Guide and Practice Questions


Firearm Proficiency: You will be required to carry a firearm. Firearm proficiency is required for all Border Patrol Agents and is part of the training provided.

Probationary Period: You must serve a one-year probationary period during the first year of your initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.

Formal Training: You will be detailed to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico for approximately 6 months of intensive instruction in immigration and nationality laws, law enforcement and Border Patrol-specific operations, drivers training, physical techniques, firearms, and other courses. You will also be provided training to become proficient with the Spanish language and will be tested on your language abilities.

Uniform: This position requires wearing an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.

Residency Requirement: To be considered for this position, an applicant must meet the residency requirement for three years before his or her application by:

Residing within the United States or its protectorate or territories; or
Working for the U.S. government as an overseas Federal or military employee; or
Being a dependent of a U.S. Federal or military employee serving overseas
Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation during the hiring process.

Shift Work/Overtime: This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations. You could be required to work overtime on a daily basis and will be compensated up to an additional 25% of your base pay in accordance with the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014.

Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver's license.

You must meet job-related medical, fitness, suitability and drug-testing standards.