Job Overview


Customs & Border Protection (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 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.

At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:

  • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see
Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your expertise to provide legal support of those executing the law enforcement duties at the port level. This position starts at a salary of $54,035 (GS 9 Step 1) with promotion potential to $84,990 (GS 11 Step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen Homeland Security by performing paralegal activities such as reviewing and finalizing claims, preparing cases, and participating in the work of a paralegal team.
Who May Apply:

Organizational Location:  This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, New York Field Office, Port of Newark/New York, NJ.
One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.


In this Paralegal Specialist position you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals providing key legal support for the law enforcement duties at the port level.

Typical work assignments include:

  • Performing legal support work arising from seizures, penalties, and liquidated damages assessed under applicable laws and regulations 
  • Reviewing and finalizing claims for liquidated damages and penalty cases
  • Preparing synopses of cases including alternatives and recommended solutions 
  • Holding conferences with the importing public to provide status of cases or required procedures

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No