This announcement is to fill Aircraft (Dual Rating) and Rotorcraft Helicopter positions only.
To qualify, we must be able to determine that you have at least one year of
specialized experience as a pilot-in-command AND as a law enforcement
officer. Specifically, you must demonstrate the ability to: (a) monitor behavior patterns, body language, mannerisms,
and speech that
would establish probable cause for
detection or arrest;
(b) develop cases, conduct interviews or interrogations, make
apprehensions and arrests in order to further the process or case development,
prepare cases and appear as a professional witness in court; (c) apply
operational practices and law enforcement methods and techniques, (d) conduct searches of persons, aircraft, vessels, or vehicles and collect and preserve evidence, and gather intelligence information regarding smuggling activities; (e) fly as pilot-in-command or sole manipulator in an airplane and helicopter in all environments of flight, including
night, poor weather, unfavorable terrain,
low altitudes or speeds.
You must meet all qualification requirements, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by Tuesday, February 04, 2014.
You must submit the following in order to meet the basic requirements for this position:
1. Current FAA Commercial Pilot Certification with the following ratings: Rotorcraft helicopter with instrument rating and Airplane (Single-engine land or Multi-engine land) with instrument rating; or Rotorcraft helicopter with instrument rating. 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. Airline Transport Pilot Certificate).
2. To apply you MUST have either an FAA Class I medical or FAA Class II medical at the time of application; either one must be within 12 calendar months of the date of issuance. However, at the time of interview you MUST have an FAA Class I medical dated within the previous 12 calendar months.
3. You must submit a copy of the last page of your documented flight log reflecting a minimum of 1500 hours total flight time (100 flight hours within the last 12 months) including 250 Pilot-in-Command and 75 hours instrument and 75 night hours. All of your flight log book(s) will be required for verification at the time of your interview.
Prior to appointment to this position, selectees must pass three qualification assessments. The assessments will be conducted after selectees successfully complete a polygraph examination. The assessments will be conducted at the National Air Training Center (NATC) administrative facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and will take approximately 1 full day beginning at 8:00 am. An additional day may be necessary due to weather and/or maintenance issues.
Selectees will be responsible for all expenses associated with transport to and from the NATC facility and the hangar, as well as lodging in Oklahoma City and all other personal expenses incurred.
The three qualification assessments consist of an Oral Evaluation, Flight Check and Structured Interview. All assessments are pass/fail and selectees must pass all three in order to be eligible to be appointed to this position.
Oral Evaluation: This evaluation will test your pilot knowledge based on published regulations.
Flight Check: You will be required to demonstrate your flight proficiency in a CBP aircraft with a flight instructor. You will be evaluated based on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot standards.
Structured Interview: You must be able to answer scenario based interview questions to demonstrate your possession of core competencies, which include Judgment/Decision Making, Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills, Flexibility, Integrity and Oral Communication.
Selectees rated eligible after the assessments will continue in the pre-employment process. Selectees rated ineligible after the assessments will be withdrawn from consideration based on not meeting the qualification requirements for the position. If you have previously passed an assessment your score is valid for one year from the date of the assessment. A failed assessment cannot be re-taken within six months from the date of the failed assessment.
Physical Fitness Screening: You must be physically able to
perform strenuous duties and the associated training programs, under rigorous
environmental conditions. For example, duties require physical stamina in
running long distances, climbing, jumping, etc., withstanding exposure to
extreme weather conditions for extended periods; and standing/stooping for long
periods of time. Irregular and protracted hours of work are also
required. Due to these physical requirements, fitness tests have been
developed and will be used to screen candidates for entry-level Air
Interdiction Agent positions. To
increase the chances of passing the fitness tests, engage in regular physical
exercise. For more information go to: http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/customs_careers/air_marine/
Once on board, employees will also be required to complete a physically
rigorous training program conducted at the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Air Interdiction Agents
and is part of the training provided.
Current Federal Employees:
Current federal employees who apply to this announcement will be required to
serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to
accept a change to lower grade which may reduce their current salary based on
Federal pay regulations.
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.
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 15 week training is comprised of formalized courses of basic
technical instruction necessary to perform the duties of the position,
including an untested swim/water survival course. 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).
Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an
officially approved uniform while in duty status.
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.
Drug Testing: Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of
employment into the position. We will schedule, provide, and pay for the drug
test. Once employed, Air Interdiction Agents are subject to random and
unannounced drug testing.
Age Requirement: You must have not reached your 40th birthday by the closing date of this announcement. In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions. Please see the following link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/customs_careers/air_marine/ However, the age restriction may not apply if you are currently serving or have previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement (non-military) position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d). The age restriction does not apply if you are a veterans' preference eligible.
Polygraph: The Air Interdiction Agent position is a polygraph-required position. You will be required to successfully complete a favorable polygraph examination that takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The results will be used to determine your suitability for the position. For more information on the polygraph examination please see the following link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml
Background Investigation: Prior to appointment, you must undergo and satisfactorily complete a background investigation, which includes but is not limited to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) name and fingerprint check and a 10-year background investigation. As part of the investigation you will be asked to complete and submit a security questionnaire (SF-86). The questionnaire will ask you questions regarding education, residences, past and current employers, police records, financial situation, drug and alcohol use, etc. A history of problems in any of these areas may result in your disqualification for this position. Keep in mind that because we have a law enforcement mission; we set a very high standard for our employees. For more information on the background investigation process please see the following link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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. The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
- Skill and ability to fly and/or operate fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft in adverse or hazardous conditions in operations supporting CBP or other law enforcement entities
- 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/Employee-Guideline_CTAP.asp#3a. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Best Qualified 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.