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 dependant 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.
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: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx
· Military spouse: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx
· Individuals with Disabilities: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
· Peace Corps/VISTA and other miscellaneous hiring authorities: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/
Separate referral lists may 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.
Drug Test Requirement: Because the essential duties and functions performed by the position are related to complex issues involving national security and the protection of public health and the American economy, you must undergo and successfully pass a drug test.
Medical Requirements: We anticipate implementing medical qualification standards for this position in 2013. These standards are to ensure those tasked with the position's responsibilities are medically and physically capable of performing the essential tasks and job functions. The medical standards cover any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient performance of the job's duties and include specific vision and hearing requirements as listed below.
- Distant Visual Acuity: Must be at least 20/30 or better in the best eye with or without correction. Individuals who have undergone refractive eye surgeries/procedures (e.g., photo refractive laser surgery, keratoplast, LASIK) may be qualified provided they have no post-operative adverse complications and they meet the vision requirements.
- Near Vision: Must be 20/30 or better Snellen with or without corrective lenses.
- Color Vision: Must be able to distinguish colors (i.e., red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple, pink, brown, black, white, gray). Use of an X-chrome lens is not acceptable.
- Visual Fields: A minimum of 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian is required.
- Hearing level in each ear must not exceed 40 decibels (dB) for the average of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz (Hz).
- The difference in hearing level between the better ear thresholds and worse ear thresholds may not exceed 15dB for the average of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz.
- The difference in hearing level between the better ear and worse ear may not exceed 30dB at 4000 or 6000 Hz.
- The use of hearing aids to meet the standards is acceptable.
Video-Based Test (VBT): If you are tentatively selected, you will be administered an oral Video-Based Test (VBT) interview. The test takes about one-half hour and is evaluated by a team of CBP management officials. When you are administered the VBT, you will be filmed while responding to a set of videotaped scenarios. This film will later be viewed and evaluated. The test is rated on a pass/fail basis.
Motor Vehicle Operation: You must posses a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment.
Training: You will be required to attend 10-12 weeks of paid training at the Professional Development Center in Frederick, Maryland. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion or separation from the Service by appropriate procedures. You will also be provided training at your assigned duty location.
Physical and Environmental Conditions: The work environment includes offices, aircraft operation areas, airline passenger and cargo areas, and land ports. Periods of outdoor work may be required in snow, rain or extreme heat. Occasional period of outdoor work may be required in remote areas with no modern comfort facilities. The work may involve the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and fumigants. Protective clothing may be required such as hard hats, gloves, goggles, hearing protection and respirators.
Overtime and Shift Work: This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work. You must be willing and available to work overtime and rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations.
Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
Promotion Potential: 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 be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
Applicants applying to this announcement will only be able to select one geographic region. Positions may be filled at any CBP port of entry within the regions. Applicants must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that regions jurisdiction. Relocation expenses will not be paid to the initial duty location.
99HSBD001 Southwest Border - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Laredo, El Paso, Fabens, Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Pharr, Progreso, Presidio, Rio Grande City, and Roma, Texas; Andrade, Calexico, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Tecate, and San Bernardino, California; and the States of Arizona, and New Mexico
99HSBD002 Northwest/Northern Border - States of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota
99HSBD003 Midwest Region States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Ohio, Colorado and Michigan
99HSBD004 Northeast Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Erie, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Alexandria Bay, Champlain, Ogdensburg, New York; and the States of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine
99HSBD005 Southeast Region States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky
99HSBD006 Florida & Caribbean Region Florida, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, VI and St. Croix, VI
99HSBD007 Texas East Region (to include but not limited to the following locations) Houston, Galveston, Dallas, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland, Freeport, Port Arthur, and San Antonio, Texas
99HSBD008 West Coast Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, California; and the States of Nevada and Oregon
99HSBD009 Central/East Coast Region - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Queens/JFK, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the States of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia
99HSBD010 Pacific Region - Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
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: http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify
Relocation expenses will not be paid. To compare cost of living data, calculate mortgage scenarios, or gather information on communities and school districts, please visit the website: http://www.relocationessentials.com/aff/lifecare/tools/salary/col.aspx
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