Border Patrol Agent (Direct Hire)

US Customs and Border Protection

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

Closing Date: 9/30/19

Salary: $41,868 to $75,348 per year


US Border Patrol Agent



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 motorcycle


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.

Selective Service Registration: Males born after 12/31/59 must verify registration with Selective Service. To verify your registration OR request a Status Information Letter go to: https://www.sss.gov/Home/Verification

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 at least three (3) of the last five (5) years prior to completing an 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.