Job Overview


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 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 and illegal entrance into the United States while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. At U.S. Border Patrol, we:

• Patrol international land border and coastal waters

• Detect and prevent the illegal entry and smuggling of aliens into the United States

• Detect and prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering into the United States

• Prevent the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics and contraband into the United States

Due to the extensive pre-employment screening process, we are actively recruiting to fill future Border Patrol Agent vacancies within CBP.  If you are interested in a career with CBP as a Border Patrol Agent we encourage you to apply to this announcement.

Female Border Patrol Agents are in high demand for the processing females that are apprehended, detained, interrogated and/or deported.  Therefore, CBP is currently seeking approval for an exception to Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 332, Section 332.407 which authorizes the specific recruitment of female agents in locations experiencing a critical need.  

Vacancy Announcement BPA 13-1 has been amended to extend the closing date to Monday, August 26, 2013

The video: Border Patrol – Protecting our Homeland emphasizes the importance of Border Patrol’s frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission. Watch it at:

For more information on CBP’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:  Our career site also provides more detailed information on the Border Patrol Agent position at:

Applicants will be selected for the Southwest Border of the United States and must be willing to accept placement anywhere along the Southwest Border.  Applicants may identify one regional preference of where they would prefer to work (South Texas, West Texas/New Mexico, Arizona or California) however this does not guarantee placement in that region.  More information on Border Patrol duty locations can be found under the “Benefits & Other Information” section of this announcement.   

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The Border Patrol Agent's primary responsibilities include:

  • Detection, prevention, and apprehension of undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions, following up leads, responding to electronic sensor alarms and infrared scopes during night operations, low light level television systems, aircraft sightings, and interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence.
  • Farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, traffic observation, city patrol, transportation checks, administrative, intelligence, and anti-smuggling activities.