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    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.

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    Responsibilities

    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.

    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.

    This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-7, 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. Promotions are at the discretion of the agency. For example you could:

    • start as a BPA in June 2020 to GL-7 and make $47,661 - $60,278 per year*
    • be promoted in June 2021 to GL-9 and make $53,154 - $68,582 per year*
    • be promoted in June 2022 to GS-11 and make $62,236 - $80,912 per year*
    • be promoted in June 2023 to GS-12 and make $74,596 - $96,978 per year*
    *Please note this example includes a range from minimum locality pay up to maximum potential salary with overtime earnings. Pay rates are based on the 2019 "Rest of the United States" salary table and do not take into consideration higher locality pay where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.

    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
    • Patrolling the international boundary and coastal waterways and using a variety of Government assets for the accomplishment of the USBP Mission. These assets may include, but are not limited to: vehicles, horses, vessels, watercrafts, off-road vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles.
    Uniform/Grooming Standards: This position requires wearing an officially approved uniform and complying with established grooming standards found here; as established by the Border Patrol's Uniform and Grooming Standards Policy #07-09126. Please note that in accordance with these standards, tattoos and/or brandings on the head, face, neck or hands are not permitted. Obscene, racially/ethnically derogatory and/or gang tattoos or brandings shall not be visible. All visible tattoos and/or brandings will be covered while performing the following volunteer duties: Recruiting, Public Affairs Officer, Oral Hiring Boards, International Liaison duties, Community Affairs or judicial proceedings.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required based on operational needs.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/552440300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.