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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select "Benefits".
Law Enforcement Retirement: for information on the Special Retirement System for Law Enforcement Officers, please see the CSRS and FERS handbook, Chapter 46, Part 46A3: http://ww.opm.gov/retire/pubs/handbook/C046.pdf.
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.
Primary Position: This position is a primary/rigorous law enforcement position under definition of 5 CFR 842.803 and 5 CFR 831.903.
Age Requirement: Provisions of Public Law 93-950 and 100-238 allow the imposition of a maximum age for initial appointment to a Primary law enforcement position with the Department of Homeland Security. 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. Creditable service covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 833(c), Title 5 U.S.C 8412(d) or creditable service on or after July 6, 2008 covered by Public Law 110-161 may be applied toward the maximum age requirement. This age restriction may not apply if you are currently serving in a federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 833(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d). The age restriction does not apply if you are a Veterans' preference eligible.
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): You must be readily accessible and willing to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of a 40-hour work week and will receive extra compensation.
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.
Drug Testing: Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment into the position. Once employed, you are subject to random and unannounced drug testing.
Work Conditions: This job requires physical strength and stamina to perform such activities as conducting long periods of surveillance, pursuing and restraining suspects, and carrying heavy equipment to be used in investigative efforts. These activities require considerable physical exertion, such as running, stooping, bending, climbing, lifting and carrying heavy objects. The environment involves working indoors and outdoors in a variety of potentially dangerous and stressful situations, including exposure to physical attack and lethal weapons.
Training: As a condition of employment in accordance with the standards and policies of CBP, selectees are required to attend, successfully complete, and pass evaluations and assessments for the Air and Marine Basic Academy Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. The training is comprised of formalized courses of basic technical instruction necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Swimming Requirement: You also will be required to participate in an untested swim/water survival course that has been incorporated into the Air and Marine Basic Training technical skills requirements. The ability to tread water and swim with, and without, flotation devices for extended periods of time will be an essential part of training.
Additionally Selectees are required to complete the following training programs: (1) Spanish Training Courses at the designated CBP Language Facility; (2) Initial Survival Training course, training location to be determined by CBP; (3) Aircraft-specific flight training; (4) Standardized Tactical Aviation Training (STAT).
Physical Fitness Screening: Due to the strenuous nature of the Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for entry-level AIA positions. Candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment fitness test (PFT-1) early in the pre-employment process. The PFT-1 consists of a (1) push up test, (2) sit-up test, (3) side step test, and (4) a 5-minute cardiovascular endurance step test or a 1.5 mile run. In order to participate in the required fitness test, you will be given a MAXIMUM OF TWO chances to successfully pass a blood pressure and EKG screen conducted at the Agency's expense. Medical professionals at the testing site will determine your eligibility to participate in the fitness test. Your blood pressure reading must be less than or equal to 140/90. If you are unable to pass either screen, your tentative selection will be withdrawn.
Approximately 30 days prior to your entrance on duty, you may be required to participate in a mandatory 2nd pre-employment fitness exam (PFT-2). The PFT-2 consists of a (1) 220 yard run, (2) sit-up test, (3) push-up test, and (4) 1.5 mile run. To increase the chances of passing the fitness tests, engage in regular physical exercise. For more information go to: http://cbp.gov/op/cgob/careers/customs_careers/air_marine/.
Once on board, employees will also be required to complete a physically rigorous training program conducted at the FLETC.
Travel: You will be required to travel frequently. This job may require extended domestic and foreign Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY).
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.
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 will be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position. This will include a polygraph examination, a review of financial issues, and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Polygraph: Everyone entering a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) position is subject to a polygraph examination and must successfully pass the polygraph prior to entering on duty in the LEO position.
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.
Pay: The pay identified is from the Rest of the U.S. pay scale. To see the pay for a specific duty location, view the GS pay tables located at http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexGS.asp.
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:
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