Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.Learn more about this agency
In-order to meet agency mission-critical needs, your final duty location offer may include one of the duty locations within the Southeast, Southwest and CAMB. This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-9, GS-11 & 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 an MIA in May 2019 as a GL-9 Step 1 (RUS pay $53,154) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $64,642) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $76,130) per year*
Promote in May 2020 to a GS-11 Step 1 (RUS pay $62,236) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $75,687) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $89,138) per year*
Promote in May 2021 to GS-12 Step 1 (RUS pay $74,596) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $90,719) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $106,842) per year*
*Please note this example includes a range of minimum locality pay table for Rest of the United States (RUS) up to maximum potential salary with Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and the Recruitment Incentive (RI) for CAMB locations. Pay rates are based on the 2019 Rest of the United States pay table and does not take into consideration higher locality pay, possible over time, or where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.
GL and GS Salary: Visit this link to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States Pay Table.
25% or less - You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- REQUIRED: Qualifying Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
- Meet experience or education requirements
- Must meet job related medical, fitness and drug testing standards
- You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
- Referred for selection prior to age 40; waiver for vets
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
- Primary U.S. residency for the last three years; AD military exempt
QualificationsYou qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $64,642 with RUS and LEAP or $76,130 with RUS, LEAP and RI)
if you possess at least one year of specialized experience that provided you with the knowledge of basic law enforcement methods, techniques, and skills OR qualifying education OR a combination of both qualifying experience and education.
Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
- Enforcing laws, effecting arrests and conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects
- Performing surveillance, writing reports detailing activities and observations
- Collecting and securing evidence and providing expert testimony in court?
U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC): You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials. A qualifying MMC is required at time of application.
Qualifying MMCs: OUPV, Master or Deck's Mate showing the, expiration date and capacity pages of the license.
*If you do not possess a qualifying MMC or upload both pages of your MMC you will not receive consideration for this announcement.
Don't have a MMC? See what it takes to get one.
Master MMC: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_02_web.pdf
2nd Mate MMC: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_04_web.pdf
OUPV MMC: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_31_web.pdf
See the Education section for qualifying education and/or a combination of both qualifying experience and education.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 09/15/2019.
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.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.
Polygraph Examination: The Marine Interdiction Agent position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment 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.
Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
- Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
- A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
- Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
- Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government
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 here.You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must have knowledge, skills , abilities and/or competencies as defined under "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of this announcement which clearly exceed the minimum qualification and any applicable basic requirements for the vacancy.
A Master's degree or two full years of graduate education in a qualifying progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or LL.B., in a qualifying field (e.g., criminal justice, intelligence, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, and corrections and rehabilitation);
A combination of successfully completed post-bachelors education(above) and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application. If education is used for your qualification, official transcript will be required upon selection.
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Marine Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided.
Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver's license.
Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: You will attend approximately 23 weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, consisting of 16 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT) which includes a 100-meter swim and 15-minute survival float test that must be passed to complete the course; followed by 3 weeks of Spanish Language training (if you failed the Spanish Language proficiency test given during the AMBT course); and 4 weeks of Marine Law Enforcement training. Additionally, you will be required to complete the following training programs after successful completion of AMBT: (1) Crewmember training course at your local duty station; (2) Tactical Boarding Officer training course; and (5) Initial Vessel Commander Certification at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, FL. Failure to successfully complete all of the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.
Medical and Fitness Requirements
Mobility: You are required to sign a mobility agreement and be willing to relocate as necessary.
Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
Shift Work: 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.
Overtime: Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime.Positions may be filled at any AMO duty station within the regions listed below. You must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that region.
Southeast Region: Ft. Lauderdale, Key Largo, Key West, Marathon, Miami and West Palm Beach, Fl
Southwest Region: San Diego, CA, Brownsville and Corpus Christi, TX
Caribbean Region: (including but not limited to the following locations); Fajardo, Mayaguez, Ponce, San Juan, PR and St. Thomas, VI
*Tax Law Impact: Federal Travel Regulation GSA Bulletin FTR 18-05 - On December 22, 2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective January 1, 2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made certain reimbursements and other payments taxable, including, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of household goods and shipment of household goods. For more information please see
Federal Travel Regulation GSA Bulletin FTR 18-05
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This position is being filled under a Direct Hire Authority. You will be evaluated based on your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the job questionnaire. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications and any basic requirements applicable to this position, will be forwarded to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
In accordance with the Direct Hire Authority, rating and ranking questions will not be used. However, candidates must have the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform this job:
- Knowledge and skill in the use of proper law enforcement and interdiction techniques
- Ability to evaluate and use intelligence information by consolidating disparate facts, events and other intelligence material
- Ability to operate a wide variety of vessels
- Knowledge of navigation techniques
- Ability to operate radar systems capable of multiple target acquisition, electronic navigation systems, fathometers and communication suites
Veterans: Veterans preference does not apply to selections made using the Direct Hire Authority. Veteran candidates will be considered along with all other applicants who apply.
Once you meet the minimum qualifications and pass the polygraph examination, you will be evaluated through the use of three (3) qualification assessments: written examination, vessel practical and structured interview. Assessments are pass/fail and applicants must pass all three assessments to receive consideration. Scores on passed assessments are valid for 24 months.
Written Examination: This examination covers the following areas - Rules of the Road, Navigation General, and Deck General. To prepare for the examination, you should refer to study aides for preparing for the USCG MMC - Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vehicles (OUPV) license. You should also review and practice chart plotting. Chart plotting tools will be provided.
Vessel Evaluation: You will be required to demonstrate your vessel handling proficiency on an approximately 30' twin engine vessel. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of safety equipment and nomenclature, Marine VHF, vessel handling and practical demonstration of navigation and docking in various conditions.
Structured Oral Interview: You must be able to answer scenario-based interview questions to demonstrate your knowledge of core competencies needed for this position. Applicants are responsible for all expenses associated with their travel to and from the assessment.
You will be responsible for all expenses associated with transport to and from a location to later be determined, as well as lodging and all other personal expenses incurred.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
If you have questions regarding the documentation that is required for this announcement please contact an AMO recruiter at CBP_AMO_RECRUITING@cbp.dhs.gov or the CBP Hiring Center at CBPHIRINGAMO@cbp.dhs.gov
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, or supporting documents that are uploaded are received and are accurate. CBP will not modify or contact you regarding your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload it by the close date.
- Your resume: A resume in English describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications. All of your qualifying experience must be explained in detail to include - The type of law enforcement work with, specific examples that include, your title and length of time performed. See Qualifications. Upload as 'Resume' *If you do not provide detailed work experience as stated above you will be found ineligible for this announcement.
- REQUIRED U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials: You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials: OUPV, Master's License or Deck's Mate License showing, the expiration date and capacity pages of the license. Upload under 'Other' as MMC Exp & MMC Cap *Failure to submit this documentation will prevent you from moving forward in the application process.
- Your responses to the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10573424
- Age Documentation: You will need to submit proof that you are eligible for this position if you are over 40 or will be turning 40 within the next 60 days. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service, you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning and end of the creditable Federal civilian (non-military) service you are claiming. If you do not meet the age requirement or you are unable to provide proof, you will not receive consideration under this announcement. *ALL current/former Federal employees MUST provide the required SF-50s (beginning/ending) for coverage period(s) they are claiming.
- Age Documentation for Veterans Preference (VP) Eligibles: If you are claiming an age waiver based on veterans' preference, submit the required VP documents. To apply VP you must submit the following proof of eligibility: 5 Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period; 10 Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later; or If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected type of discharge, qualifying medals and anticipated date of separation. Upload under 'Other' as Age
- Transcripts: IF basing any part of your qualifications on education your transcripts must be in English and from an accredited institution. Transcripts from all colleges/universities you attended that leads to your qualifying education are required. *If using education to qualify* Upload under 'Other' as Transcripts
- Are you qualifying based on education? Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this time however, official copies will be required prior to entrance on duty. Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies see www.naces.org
- Are you 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; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or 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.
- Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? 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
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
How to Apply
Please upload your resume under "Resume" and any other applicable supporting documents mentioned above under the appropriate Document Type. If your Document Type is not listed, upload as "Other."
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; 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. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information visit this link. 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.
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 in this announcement.
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.
If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an Alternate Application process.
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 PM Eastern Time on 09/15/2019.
It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload it by the closing date.
The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Agency contact information
CBP Hiring Frontline AMO
AddressAir and Marine Operations
CBP Hiring Center
5600 American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55437
Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will refer all minimally qualified applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. You will be notified by email when applications have been reviewed and referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts with your USAJOBS account. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement. If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
Additional selections may be made beyond the total number of vacancies specified using this vacancy announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.
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 plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
CBP 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.
Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here.
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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.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/542002200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.