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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Customs and Border Protection

Job Announcement Number:MHCAMDE-628742-JEG

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 28, 2012 to Tuesday, April 10, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Corpus Christi, TXView Map


United States Citizens


Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.
Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:

  • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see
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This position is ideal for an experienced P3 Pilot looking for an opportunity to enter into a federal law enforcement professional career involved in preventing acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs, and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States. This position starts at a salary of $81,823 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to contribute to the law enforcement mission of the Department of Homeland Security.
Who May Apply:

  • Open to all U.S. Citizens.
  • Individuals who are eligible under a Special Appointing Authority should refer to the “Special Appointing Authority” paragraph in the” Other” Section of this vacancy announcement.
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please see

Organizational Location: This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, Corpus Christi, TX. Relocation expenses will not be paid. One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • You may be required to successfully complete a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis
  • You must sign a mobility agreement and be willing to relocate
  • You will be subject to random and periodic drug testing


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In this position you will be a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession.  You will strengthen homeland security by preventing acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs, and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States. 

Typical work assignments include:

  • Serving as an Air Interdiction Agent performing law enforcement aviation operations in support of CBP priority anti-terrorism mission
  • Commanding law enforcement operations using aircraft for air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing land borders
  • Working with other anti-terrorism detection and prevention operations, such as support to air security for the nation’s capital, and support for National Special Security Events, as requested by the responsible agency
  • Performing interdiction duties that include sorting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, gathering intelligence, prosecution, and liaison with other law enforcement agencies.


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    Basic requirements for all positions in this occupation:

    1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. 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 Veteran’s 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:

    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 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.


    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:

    1. Best Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well-Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
    3. 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: 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:


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    DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid Federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules, telework, 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 development opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "Benefits".
    Law Enforcement Retirement: This position meets the eligibility criteria for law enforcement retirement under both the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Employees covered by either retirement system who reach age 50 or over with at least 20 years of service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. In addition, employees covered by FERS (all new hires to the federal government) of any age with at least 25 years of service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. Finally, employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 years of service as a law enforcement officer may be subject to mandatory retirement.


    Special Appointing Authority:  Veterans, military spouses, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility and to understand what documentation would be required with your application, please click on the appropriate link below. 

    ·         Veterans:

    ·         Military spouse:

    ·         Individuals with Disabilities:

    ·         Peace Corps/VISTA and other miscellaneous hiring authorities:

    Separate referral lists will be generated for applicants eligible to be appointed under a non-competitive special appointing authority.  You must provide documentation supporting your eligibility prior to the closing date of this announcement (please see "Required Documents").  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed at the end of this job opportunity announcement.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, selected applicants may be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position.  This may include a polygraph examination, a review of financial issues, and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.

    Probationary Period:  All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.  Current and former federal employees may also be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

    CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please follow this link:,pdf.


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    To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager.  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 application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may fax your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must print a copy of and document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire using OPM Form 1203-FX, and the official fax cover sheet:  Please include job opportunity announcement ID 628742 and provide your SSN, name, and address using the exact name you used when you filled out the questionnaire.  If you have uploaded documents into Application Manager, you do not need to fax those same documents.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  The address 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, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 



    • Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire
    • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, FAA Class I or II medical certificate and last page of Flight Log
          • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibility? You must submit a separation notice; SF-50B; a current (or a last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
          • Are you a veteran? To apply veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
      • Five Point Preference:  DD 214 (Member Copy 4)
      • Ten Point Preference:  DD214 (Member Copy 4) and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:  Veteran's with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later.
      • If you are currently serving on active duty:  A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military.

        For more information about veteran's preference, please click this link:  Please upload veterans documents under miscellaneous documents.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received and is accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part 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 or fax it by the closing date. 


    OAM Non-EL Staffing
    Phone: (952)857-2933
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Agency Information:
    CBP Air and Marine
    Minneapolis Hiring Center
    5600 American Blvd Ste 700
    Bloomington, MN
    55437 Fax: (478)757-3144


    Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on UAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status” and then click “More Information.” If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of this announcement. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement.  If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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