Basic requirements for all positions in this occupation:
- A current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with the following ratings: airplane, single engine and multi-engine land and instrument; OR rotorcraft helicopter and instrument. Appropriate U.S. military ratings may be substituted. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable (e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate).
- A current FAA Class II Medical Certificate is acceptable for applicants who currently occupy Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction Agent positions. For initial entry or re-entry into the occupation, a current FAA Class II Medical Certificate is acceptable for application purposes; however you MUST have a Class I by the time of your interview.
- A documented log reflecting a minimum of 1500 hours total flight time (100 hours of airplane and/or helicopter within the last 12 months), 75 hours instrument, 10 of which must have been in actual instrument flight conditions, 75 hours night, and 250 hours pilot-in-command.
Age Requirement: In accordance with Public Law 93-950 and 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions; therefore, candidates must be selected for this position before reaching their 37th birthday. However, CBP has requested an exception to this age requirement and has received approval to change the age from 37 to the day immediately preceding your 40th birthday. This age restriction may not apply if you have creditable federal civilian (not military) law enforcement service covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) or creditable service on or after July 6, 2008 covered by Public Law 110-161 that may be applied toward the maximum age requirement. The age restriction does not apply if you are a Veterans preference eligible.
GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties, such as possessing Pilot in Command/Aircraft Commander experience in a P-3. Pilot in Command/Aircraft Commander experience is defined as that which involved serving as the senior pilot of the airplane and being entrusted with responsibility for the airplane. Successful completion of the Navy P-3 Naval Air Training and Operating procedures Standardization Program (NATOPS) and designation as Aircraft Commander fully meet this requirement.
You must meet all qualification requirements, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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:
- Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
- Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
- Been a dependent of a United States 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 at the time of application.
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): You must be readily accessible to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of a 40-hour work week and will receive extra compensation.
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Training: Successful completion of relevant federal law enforcement training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is mandatory as a condition of employment prior to entry into this position. Entry-level training for Border Patrol Agent and Criminal Investigator meets this requirement.
Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. You will be required to certify whether you have ever been convicted of such an offense.
Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain a minimum of a Secret Clearance.
Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment.
Uniforms: You are required to wear an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):
Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAOs are:
- Skill and ability to fly and/or operate fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft in adverse or hazardous conditions in support of CBP operations and other law enforcement entities.
- Expert knowledge of air enforcement operations.
- Ability to collect, refine and analyze strategic and tactical intelligence in order to execute aviation enforcement operations.
- Ability to evaluate information rapidly and make judicious decisions promptly, while remaining courteous and professional
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
- Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/index.asp. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the (insert category) category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Veterans: Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx