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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Customs and Border Protection
Job Announcement Number:  MHCAMDE-1005311-PP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 19, 2013 to Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Aguadilla, PR View Map
CBP - Southwest US, United States
CBP - West Coast, United States
United States Citizens


About the Agency

The announcement closing date has been changed to Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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 resiliency 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. 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 the U.S. Air and Marine (OAM), we:

·         Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror

·         Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens

·         Conduct air to air, air to water and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing US borders

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

CBP encourages Women, Minorities and Veterans to apply for an exciting career with Customs and Border Protection.

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see

Our careers site also provides detailed information on the Air Interdiction Agent position at:

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  • 25% or Greater
  • You will be required to travel frequently. This job may require extended domestic and foreign Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY).


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Age Requirement: must be less than 40 at announcement closing
  • Polygraph designated position
  • Background Security Investigation
  • Residency in the U.S. for the last three years
  • No convictions for Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence
  • Oral evaluation, flight check, interview, physical fitness tests, Drug test
  • Will be required to carry a firearm
  • CBP operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license


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You will serve as a CBP Air Interdiction Agent flying airplanes and/or helicopters to perform aviation law enforcement operations to detect, interdict and prevent acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States.  Your duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Performing interdiction duties that include intelligence gathering, detecting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, testifying and acting as liaison with other Federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies
  • Developing strategies to track aircraft, vessels and people to accomplish an effective and successful interdiction
  • Gathering and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism with internal customers, the general aviation and marine communities and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Testifying under oath before a grand jury, Federal court proceedings and/or other legal proceedings


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This announcement is to fill Aircraft (Dual Rating) and Rotorcraft Helicopter positions only.

Experience required for GS-11:  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:  Once on board, employees will also be required to complete a physically rigorous training program conducted at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

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:   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:

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:


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:

  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 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.


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You can review our benefits at:

CBP 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. CBP is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities.

Federal Law Enforcement Retirement Coverage: Air Interdiction Agents are covered under the provisions of both the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Title 5 USC 8412(d) (commonly known as the “12(d)”) law enforcement retirement benefit. Law enforcement employees may voluntarily retire at any age after completing 25 years of service or at age 50 or older with 20 years of service. The mandatory retirement age is 57 with 20 years of service; however, employees could work beyond 57 until they meet the combination of age and service requirements to retire under law enforcement provisions.


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 to the above criteria may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability determination. Examples of states side coverage include; the state-side address of the company headquarters where the applicants personnel file is located, the state-side address of the Professor in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program, the church records for the applicants overseas church missions and/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.

Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence:  If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, it is a felony for you to possess any firearm or ammunition.  A misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is defined as any offense, which has as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian of the victim. The term "convicted" does not include anyone whose conviction has been expunged or set aside or who has received a pardon. 

Direct Deposit:  All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

Primary Position:  This position is a primary/rigorous law enforcement position under definition of 5 CFR 842.803 and 5 CFR 831.903.

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

Pay:  The pay identified is from the Rest of the United States (RUS) pay scale.  To see the pay for a specific duty location, view the GS pay tables located at

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:


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To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account.  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  1005311 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 your application, 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, February 04, 2014

Duty Locations: Applicants may identify one regional preference of where they would prefer to work (Southwest Region; West Coast Region; or Puerto Rico) however this does not guarantee placement. Positions may be filled at any OAM Office within the regions listed below. Applicants must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that region's jurisdiction.

  • Southwest Region (including but not limited to the following locations): McAllen, TX; Marfa, TX; Alpine, TX; El Paso, TX; Uvalde, TX; Del Rio, TX; Laredo, TX; Houston, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Deming, NM; Yuma, AZ; Sierra Vista, AZ;  and Tucson, AZ.
  • West Coast Region (including but not limited to the following locations): San Diego, CA; Riverside, CA; El Centro, CA;  and Sacramento, CA.

  • Puerto Rico (including but not limited to the following locations): Aguadilla, PR.

 You will have a greater likelihood of being tentatively offered a position for the priority locations of Southwest Region and Puerto Rico.


Your resume must provide the following information.


1. Your resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. Your resume must be in English and must include your job titles and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY). Your resume should also contain your full name, address, phone number, email address,  cell phone number and your work schedule and salary.  Your resume should also include the names and the telephone number of your current supervisor and two former supervisor references.

2.  Total Flight Time: On the first page of your resume provide the total number of flight hours for each category listed below. Do not list simulator hours. (See qualifications section of announcement for required hours)

* Total Flight Hours

* Total Hours within the last 12 months by Aircraft Category

* Total Hours as Pilot-in-Command

* Total Instrument Hours

* Total Night Hours

* Total Hours by Aircraft Category

3. Certifications: FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (see qualifications section of announcement) and current Class I or II Medical Certificate.  Please provide a legible copy of both front and back sides of your FAA Pilot Certification with ratings.

Please provide a legible copy of the last page of your flight logbook reflecting total flight hours.

4. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

5.   If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); 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.

6. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service; you must submit a copy of your SF-50B reflecting creditable Federal civilian (not military) service under Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c), 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. Block 30 should show Retirement Code M or O. If you do not meet the age requirement and you are unable to provide this required documentation, you will not be given further consideration under this announcement.

7.  Proof of Veterans Preference: If you are tentatively selected and you claimed veterans' preference, you will be required to submit proof of eligibility (DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge) with the required application forms. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must also submit a Standard SF-15, as well as the proof requested on the back of the form. For further information on whether you are eligible for veterans' preference, please visit:


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 your application and you must again upload or fax it by the closing date.


Phone: (952)857-2913
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
CBP Minneapolis Hiring Center
5600 American Blvd
Suite 700
Bloomington, MN
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 those steps has been completed.  Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at:  If you are referred and not selected, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement.

Applicants who receive a tentative offer of selection will be offered an opportunity to sign up for new customer service option of receiving text messages to remind them of upcoming appointments and due dates as they move through the pre-employment process. Text messaging is a courtesy service and will not replace official means of communication with the applicant.

This is a standing inventory, if you are referred and tentatively offered a position, you will be placed in the pre-employment process and you will be emailed instructions on what to expect next. Your name will be removed from the inventory. There is no guarantee that everyone on the inventory will be referred for a position.  

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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