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    **Newly appointed MIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location, have been authorized to receive a 25% recruitment incentive in-addition to, LEAP and overtime pay.

    A fully trained Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) may be eligible for overtime pay (up to an additional 25% of salary).  Marine Interdiction Agents (MIA) may also have a higher starting salary based on their duty location.  Please visit the OPM website for more information.

    This is a Direct Hire Public Notice.  Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking do not apply to this Public Notice.  

    This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-9, GS-11 and GS-12.  You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval).  For example you could: 

    · start as a MIA in July 2018 as a GL-9 and make $52,285 -$65,356 per year*

    · be promoted in July 2019 to GS-11 and make $61,218 - $76,523 per year*

    · be promoted in July 2020 to GS-12 and make $73,375 - $91,719 per year*

    *Please note this example includes a range of minimum locality pay up to maximum potential salary with overtime earnings.  Pay rates are based on the 2018 "Rest of the United States" salary table and does not take into consideration higher locality pay where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.

    Polygraph Information:  Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) is a polygraph-designated position.  You must complete and pass a polygraph examination to be eligible for the position.  If you are a Veteran and have a current TS-SCI clearance, you may be eligible for a polygraph waiver. 

    Polygraph Reciprocity:  CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam.  You may request reciprocity at the time of polygraph exam scheduling. 

    Polygraph Waiver:  Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver.  You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

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    Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.

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

    • Conducts maritime patrols and interdictions at sea, on lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
    • Conducts interdiction operations against national security threats to include, illegal drugs and undocumented alien smuggling
    • Conduct joint investigations with other agencies related to border security in the maritime environment, employing multiple investigative techniques and capabilities 

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

    • Serving as an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) vessel commander and crew member in law enforcement operations utilizing CBP marine assets.
    • Conducting maritime patrols, surveillance and pursuit activities related to the interdiction of smuggled contraband via land, air, and sea.
    • Conducting high speed vessel pursuits and intercepts of suspect vessels under adverse and sometimes hazardous conditions during the hours of darkness and in times of foul/inclement weather.
    • Searching vessels and/or persons to gather evidence to support allegations of criminal or terrorist activity.
    • Conducting independent and joint investigations.
    • Working closely with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to gather/share intelligence information regarding illegal maritime activity to include identifying and preventing potential acts of terrorism.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • REQUIRED - Qualifying USCG Merchant Mariner Credentials
    • *Recruitment Incentive; see 'Benefits'
    • 1 year specialized law enforcement experience
    • Must be referred prior to 40th birthday *waiver for Veterans
    • Successfully pass a background investigation and poly exam
    • Have lived in the US for the last 3 years
    • Required to carry a firearm and possess a valid driver's license
    • Must meet job related medical, fitness and drug testing standards
    • Must pass written exam, vessel practical and structured oral interview
    • Required to work regular and recurring shift work

    Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Marine Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided.

    Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to this announcement will be required to serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to accept a change to lower grade, which may reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulation.

    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.

    Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: You will  attend approximately 23 weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, consisting of 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT) which includes a 100-meter swim and 15-minute survival float test that must be passed to complete the course; followed by 4 weeks of Spanish Language training (if you failed the Spanish Language proficiency test given during the  AMBT course); and 4 weeks of Marine Law Enforcement training. Additionally, you will be required to complete the following training programs after successful completion of AMBT: (1) Crewmember training course at your local duty station; (2) Tactical Boarding Officer training course; and (5) Initial Vessel Commander Certification at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, FL. Failure to successfully complete all of the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.

    Physical Requirements: You must be physically able to perform strenuous duties under rigorous environmental conditions. For example, duties require physical stamina in running long distances, climbing, jumping, etc., withstanding exposure to extreme weather conditions for extended period; and standing and stooping for long periods of time. Irregular and protracted hours of work are also required.

    Mobility:  You are required to sign a mobility agreement and be willing to relocate as necessary.

    Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

    Shift Work:  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.

    Drivers' License: You must possess a valid drivers' license.

    Overtime: Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime.


    The qualification requirements listed below must be met by closing date of this announcement.


    You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $52,285 - $67,465 with potential overtime) if you possess at least one year of specialized experience that provided you with the knowledge of basic law enforcement methods, techniques, and skills. 

    Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Enforcing laws, effecting arrests and conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects
    • Performing surveillance, writing reports detailing activities and observations 
    • Collecting and securing evidence and providing expert testimony in court;


    U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC): You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials.

    Qualifying MMCs: OUPV, Master or Deck's Mate showing the, expiration date and capacity pages of the license.  *If you do not possess a qualifying MMC or upload both pages of a qualifying MMC listed above you will not receive consideration for this announcement.


    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    A Master's degree or two full years of graduate education in a qualifying progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or LL.B., in a qualifying field (e.g., criminal justice, intelligence, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, and corrections and rehabilitation); OR 

    A combination of successfully completed post-bachelors education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.  If education is used for your qualification, official transcript will be required upon selection.

    Additional information

    Polygraph Examination: The Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) position is a polygraph-required position. You must undergo a polygraph exam with favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process.  Please see Polygraph Examination.  Polygraph Examination.

    Polygraph Reciprocity:  CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

    Polygraph Waiver:  Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver.  You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) as a condition of placement into this position. Please see Background Investigation.

    Age Requirement: You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 40th birthday in accordance with Public Law 100-238. Federal civilian law enforcement positions covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. There are no exceptions to PL 100-238. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran preference eligible.

    See 'Required Documents'.

    Notice to Retired Veterans: Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless you have a service-connected disability. This does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60. Please see veterans' information.

    Residency:  If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:

    1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
    2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
    3. Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

    Exceptions may be granted if you can 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 at the time of application.

    Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The MIA position is a weapons-carrying position. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Therefore, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position.

    Drug Testing: You must pass a drug test as a condition of employment for this position. Once employed, MIAs are subject to random & unannounced drug tests.

    Medical Examination: You must undergo & successfully pass the medical screening process.

    Physical Fitness Screening: Due to the strenuous nature of the MIA duties & the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed to screen candidates for entry-level MIA positions.  Please see: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/frontline-careers/mia/app-proc

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Knowledge and skill in the use of proper law enforcement and interdiction techniques
    • Ability to evaluate and use intelligence information by consolidating disparate facts, events and other intelligence material
    • Ability to operate a wide variety of vessels
    • Knowledge of navigation techniques
    • Ability to operate radar systems capable of multiple target acquisition, electronic navigation systems, fathometers and communication suites

    Once you meet the minimum qualifications and pass the polygraph examination, you will be evaluated through the use of three (3) qualification assessments: written examination, vessel practical and structured interview.  Assessments are pass/fail and applicants must pass all three assessments in order to remain in consideration. If you previously applied for an MIA position and failed an assessment, you must wait 6 months before retaking the assessment. Scores on passed assessments are valid for 24 months.

    • Written Examination: This examination covers the following areas - Rules of the Road, Navigation General, and Deck General. To prepare for the examination, you should refer to study aides for preparing for the USCG MMC - Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vehicles (OUPV) license. You should also review and practice chart plotting. Chart plotting tools will be provided.
    • Vessel Evaluation: You will be required to demonstrate your vessel handling proficiency on an approximately 30' twin engine vessel. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of equipment safety and nomenclature, Marine VHF, vessel handling and practical demonstration of navigation and docking in various conditions.
    • Structured Oral Interview: You must be able to answer scenario-based interview questions to demonstrate your knowledge of core competencies needed for this position.

      Applicants are responsible for all expenses associated with their travel to and from the assessment.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, or supporting documents that are uploaded are received and are accurate.  CBP will not modify, change or contact you regarding the completeness or accuracy of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload it by the close date.

    REQUIRED - Resume: A resume in English is required and it must contain your full legal name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
    All experience must be clearly accounted for in your resume and explained in detail, the type of law enforcement work you have performed with specific examples that include the position titles and the length of time (including hours per week MM/DD/YY) served in each position. If you do not provide detailed work experience as stated above, you will be found ineligible for this announcement.  Examples of law enforcement experience include, but are not limited to: enforcing laws, effecting arrests, performing surveillance, conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects, collecting and securing evidence, writing reports detailing activities and observations, and providing expert testimony in court.  Upload as 'Resume'
    REQUIRED - U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials: You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials: OUPV, Master's License or Deck's Mate License showing, the expiration date and capacity pages of the license.  Upload under 'Other" as MMC Exp. & MMC Cap. Failure to submit this documentation will prevent you from moving forward in the application process.
    Transcripts: Required if basing any part of your qualifications on education and must be in English from an accredited institution. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required.
    REQUIRED - Online Questionnaire:  You must complete the online questionnaire when you apply online.
    Veterans' Preference:  If you claim veterans' preference you will be required to submit proof of eligibility (DD 214, Member-4 copy, Certificate of Release or Discharge). Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This certification must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information.
    Age Requirement Documents:  You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 40th birthday, you will need to submit proof that you are eligible for the position of Marine Interdiction Agent if you are over 40, or will be turning 40 within the next 60-90 days.  If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service; you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning and end of creditable Federal civilian (not military) service under Title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20), and Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(17). Block 30 of your SF-50 should show Retirement Code M or O. If you do not meet the age requirement and you are unable to provide this required documentation, you will not receive consideration under this announcement.  *ALL current/former Federal employees MUST provide the required SF-50s (beginning/ending) for coverage period(s) they are claiming.  If you are claiming an age waiver based on veterans' preference, submit the required Veterans' Preference documents. Ensure that you enter your creditable service dates in the Job Related Experience field on the Questionnaire.
    Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
    a copy of your agency notice,
    a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Saving Plan (similar to a 401(k); Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

    Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): You must be readily accessible/willing to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of a 40-hour work week, you will receive extra compensation. LEAP pay is 25% of base pay.

    Recruitment Incentive (RI):  Newly appointed MIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location have been authorized to receive a 25% RI (NOTE: Current federal employees serving in a permanent position are not eligible to receive a RI).  25% of your scheduled salary (Base pay plus locality) for these locations will be paid at the beginning of each year, for up to a total of three years.  The RI requires a three year/156 week service agreement.  You must remain employed as an MIA in the eligible duty location for the period of the service agreement in order to receive and remain eligible for the RI.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    In order to begin your application, you will need an active USA Jobs account. To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button to create a USA Jobs account and follow the prompts or sign into USA Jobs, take the online questionnaire and submit the required documents. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information. All supporting documents, including transcripts, must be in English.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address posted below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, application questionnaire, valid and legible copy of your US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential and any supporting documents by 11:59 pm Eastern Time by Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Duty Locations: Positions may be filled at any AMO duty station within the regions listed below. You must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that region.  Vacancies may also be filled in Caribbean Air and Marine duty stations in which relocation expenses may be paid.

    Southeast Region:  Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Key Largo, Key West, Marathon, Miami, and West Palm Beach, FL

    Southwest Region:  Brownsville and Corpus Christi, TX, San Diego, CA

    Caribbean Region:  (including but not limited to the following locations); Fajardo, Mayaguez, Ponce, San Juan, PR and St. Thomas, VI. *Paid Relocation AND Recruitment Incentive Location(s).

    To compare the cost of living data for other locations, calculate mortgage scenarios or gather information on communities and schools, visit: http://www.relocationessentials.com/aff/lifecare/tools/salary/col.aspx

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Agency contact information

    CBP MHC Hiring


    CBP Hiring Center
    5600 American Blvd
    Suite 700
    Bloomington, MN 55437-1450
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    Next steps

    Once the job announcement closes your resume, supporting documents and online questionnaire will be assessed. You will be notified by email with your Notice of Results (NOR).  As referrals are made in the geographic region you select and your category is reached, you will be referred for consideration to start the pre-employment process. There is no guarantee of selection. Your status will be updated on USA Jobs throughout the process.

    If you are already in the pre-employment process for a Marine Interdiction Agent position and you reapply under this announcement and are subsequently referred for a position, your new referral will replace any existing Marine Interdiction Agent referral regardless of preference region for which you are currently in process, and it may delay your pre-employment process.

    CBP provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the contact information of this vacancy announcement.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

    View more information on applying for federal employment.

    View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493849700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.