Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders

Border Patrol Agents (BPA) may be eligible for overtime pay (up to an additional 25% of salary). Border Patrol Agents (BPA) may also have a higher starting salary based on their duty location.  Please visit the OPM website for more information.

Border Patrol Agent (BPA) is a polygraph-designated position. You must complete and pass a polygraph examination to be eligible for the position. 

This is a targeted announcement for applicants with previous or current law enforcement or military law enforcement experience. Please refer to the position qualifications stated below to determine eligibility.

The video: Border Patrol – Protecting the Homeland emphasizes the importance of Border Patrol's frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission. For more information on CBP's mission, activities, and careers please visit our website at CBP.gov.

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 with U.S. 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, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. The Border Patrol Agent (BPA) position starts at a salary of $51,424 (GL-9 grade level), with promotion potential in 2 years to the GS-12 grade level with a salary of $72,168 (upon successful performance). Please see the Benefits section below for more salary information.

This announcement is open to VRA-eligible applicants. Please see the Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans for more information.

CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Duties

Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:

  • Patrol international land borders 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

Being a Border Patrol Agent makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

  • Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions
  • Responding to electronic sensor alarms
  • Interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence
  • Using infrared scopes during night operations
  • Responding to aircraft sighting and other anti-smuggling activities
  • Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required based on operational needs

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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