This announcement is for Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligible applicants only. For more information on VRA eligibilities, see Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans. If you have not served in the US military or if you do not qualify under VRA, please apply to our Direct Hire Announcement here.Learn more about this agency
This is a targeted announcement for applicants with previous/current or military law enforcement experience. Please see Qualifications section below to determine eligibility.
A fully trained Border Patrol Agent (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.
This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-9, GS-11, and GS-12. You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For example you could:
- start as a BPA in March 2019 as a GL-9 and make $52,285 - $65,356 per year*
- be promoted in March 2020 to GS-11 and make $61,218- $76,522 per year*
- be promoted in March 2021 to GS-12 and make $73,375 - $91,718 per year*
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
- Patrolling the international boundary and coastal waterways and using a variety of Government assets for the accomplishments of USBP Mission; these assets may include, but are not limited to: vehicles, horses, vessels, watercraft, off road vehicles, ATV's, snowmobiles and motorcycles
Occasional travel - Travel may be required based on operational needs.
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Conditions of Employment
This is an Excepted Service appointment. After successfully completing 2 years of service, you will be converted to the competitive service.
Firearm Proficiency: You will be required to carry a firearm. Firearm proficiency is required for all Border Patrol Agents and is part of the training provided.
Formal Training: You will be detailed to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico for approximately 6 months of intensive instruction in immigration and nationality laws, law enforcement and Border Patrol-specific operations, drivers training, physical techniques, firearms, and other courses. You will also be provided training to become proficient with the Spanish language and will be tested on your language abilities.
Language Proficiency: Border Patrol work requires the ability to speak and read Spanish, as well as English.
Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver's license.
Uniform: This position requires wearing an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.
Shift Work/Overtime: This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations. You could be required to work overtime on a daily basis and will be compensated up to an additional 25% of your base pay in accordance with the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014.
Residency Requirement: To be considered for this position, an applicant must meet the residency requirement for three years before his or her application by:
- Residing within the United States or its protectorate or territories; or
- Working for the U.S. government as an overseas Federal or military employee; or
- Being a dependent of a U.S. Federal or military employee serving overseas
You must meet job-related medical, fitness, suitability and drug-testing standards.
All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
QualificationsThe qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
If you do not have previous or current law enforcement or military law enforcement experience, you may qualify for the GL-5 or GL-7 grade levels. Please refer to the BPA VRA GL-5/7 grade level announcement: Apply Here!
You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $52,285 up to $65,356 with potential overtime) if you possess the following:
Experience: One year of specialized work experience that shows you have the ability to enforce local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations in a law enforcement capacity and otherwise have the authority or ability to do the following: plan and conduct investigations, plan and make arrests, serve court orders (warrants), use firearms, and/or deal with people in a persuasive, tactful, and resourceful manner.
Education Substitution: There is no education substitution for this grade level.
Note: To be eligible for overtime, employees must be fully trained.
Age Requirement: Effective May 1, 2016, the Commissioner of CBP has approved a temporary increase in the maximum allowable age for original placement into a Border Patrol Agent position; therefore, candidates must be referred for selection before reaching their 40th birthday (increased from age 37).In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions. 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). This measure will increase the statutorily mandatory retirement to an age of up to 60 to allow individuals the opportunity to complete 20 years of law enforcement service (See U.S.C 8425 (b)(1) and 8335 (b)(1)).
The age restriction does not apply if you are a Veterans' Preference eligible. For more information on eligibility as a Veterans' Preference eligible please see the OPM veterans' guide.
Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to this announcement may be required to accept a change to lower grade which will reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulations. Note: If you are a current GS-12, step 1, your salary may be reduced to a GL-9 step 10, which equates to an approximate $5,910 salary reduction (based on locality). Re-promotion is not guaranteed. Timeframes and grade level re-promotion is at the discretion of the agency.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office
There is no education substitution for this grade level.
Polygraph Examination: The BPA position is a polygraph-required position. You must take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. For more information and videos about the polygraph process, please see Polygraph Examination.
Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation package.
Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation package.
Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive National Security Position and, upon selection, applicants will be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a Tier 5 investigation or equivalent for placement and retention in this position. For more information please see Background Investigation.
Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The Border Patrol Agent position is a weapons-carrying position. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Therefore, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position.
Medical/Physical Requirements: This position has medical/physical requirements. Click here for the specific requirements. You must complete the medical screening process and be found to meet the medical standards for the position. Employees in this position may be required to undergo a medical examination/evaluation at the request of the Agency. If you do not meet the medical standards for the position, you may request a waiver of the medical standard by demonstrating with non-medical information that, with or without reasonable accommodation, you can safely perform the essential duties of the position.
Drug Testing Requirements: This is a drug testing designated position. You must complete and pass a drug test as a condition of employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance with the Agency's Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Physical Fitness Screening: You will be required to successfully pass the Pre-employment Fitness Test. Please see the Pre-Employment Fitness Test Physical Readiness Program for additional information. This a 6 week program designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness that will help you successfully pass CBP fitness tests.
Interview Process: You will be required to pass a face-to-face structured interview (SI).
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget planer for salary payments and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience and training will be rated using an online self-assessment questionnaire that is based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. Your entire application package will then be reviewed.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs): Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their ability to perform of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs are:
- Knowledge of Immigration and Nationality Law (e.g., non-immigrant classifications, immigrant classifications, inadmissible aliens, removable aliens, derivative citizenship, 8 USC)
- Knowledge of the Use of Force Policy (e.g., firearms, less-lethal devices and techniques, qualification requirements)
- Knowledge of Criminal Law and Procedure (e.g., statutory authority)
- Skill in Using Physical Techniques (e.g., self-defense, baton, OC spray, PLS)
- Skill in Using Firearms (e.g., hand gun, shotgun, M-4)
- Skills in Basic Operation of a Motor Vehicle (e.g., everyday use of vehicles, parallel parking)
If you meet minimum qualifications, you will be considered as follows:
- Eligible applicants are considered as defined by 5 CFR 302.304(b).
- Each qualified 10-point preference eligible who has a 10 percent or more compensable, service-connected disability is first, followed by other 10 point preference eligible, and third, by 5-point preference eligible and last, by non-preference eligible.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
This announcement is for Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligible applicants only.
Resume: A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history, a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), as well as your hours worked per week. Note: Most applicants are screened out for insufficient information on their resume. Please see the CBP Border Patrol Agent Resume Aid for specific information and examples.
Veterans' Preference Documents: If you claim Veterans' Preference you will be required to submit proof of eligibility (DD 214, Member-4 copy, Certificate of Release or Discharge). Those applying for 10-Point preference must submit documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. Please see the documentation as listed on the SF-15.
Statement of Service (Certification Letter): If you are still on active duty you must submit certification from the Armed Forces showing when you will be discharged or released from active duty. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; (2) campaign badges and expeditionary medals; and (3) the character of service. View more Veterans' Preference.
Age Requirement Documents: If you are over the age of 40 you will need to submit proof you are eligible for the position of Border Patrol Agent. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service; you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning date and end date of creditable Federal civilian (not military) service under Title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20), and Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(17). Block 30 of your SF-50 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 receive consideration under this announcement. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Veterans' Preference, submit the required Veterans' Preference documents.
Are you a current or former political appointee? If you are or have been a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential appointee employee, you must submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
- Position title
- Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
- Beginning and ending dates of appointment
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To begin your online application, sign into USA Jobs or create a USA Jobs account if you do not already have one. Click Apply and follow the online prompts to fill out the questionnaire and submit your application. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation. Please see the Required Document section for additional information. All application materials must be in English. If you are planning to apply using your phone or tablet, see Browser Compatibility.
Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address posted below is for inquiries only. Applicants may not update assessment responses after submitted an application. You must submit your resume, application questionnaire, and any supporting documents at the time of application. Please see the Next Steps section for more information.
Duty Locations: Locations for this announcement will be negotiated after VRA-eligible applicants have cleared all pre-employment requirements. Locations available are based on the needs of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the time an applicant clears all pre-employment requirements. No location is guaranteed. The U.S. Border Patrol does not allow the initial assignment of Border Patrol Agent trainees to duty stations within a 100-mile radius of their pre-employment home of record. This will not affect your future career decisions or your ability to apply for or be selected for positions that are near your pre-employment home of record.
For more information on CBP's mission, activities, and careers please visit our website at CBP.gov.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled Veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
DHS uses e-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. View more information on applying for federal employment.
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Agency contact information
CBP Hiring Frontline Veterans Recruitment
AddressUnited States Border Patrol
CBP Hiring Center
5600 American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55437
You will be referred for selection consideration during the announcement open period as you successfully complete the application, online questionnaire, and upload your documents. Your application and supporting documents will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the GL-9 grade level. Applicants who successfully complete the application process will be referred during the open period of this announcement in order of applications received. Due to the critical needs of this position, all eligible and qualified applicants will be referred for selection consideration. Please ensure all required documents are uploaded at the time of application. A valid application does not guarantee selection.
Your status will be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log into your USAJOBS account and go to your home page to view active applications. For detailed status, click on the plus sign (+) next to the announcement. If you meet minimum qualifications, you will be contacted for placement into the hiring process.
If you are already in the pre-employment process for a VRA selection for a Border Patrol Agent position and you reapply under this announcement and are subsequently referred for a position, your new referral may replace any existing Border Patrol Agent VRA referral and may delay your pre-employment processes.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517630900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.