Border Patrol Agent - Entry Level, Up to 20,000 Recruitment Incentive
Company: United States Customs and Border Protection
Posted on: September 19, 2023
NATIONWIDE OPENINGS INCLUDING NORTHERN BORDER STATIONS - APPLY
URGENT: This opportunity will close upon receipt of 4,200
The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) offers those interested in a career
in law enforcement an exceptional opportunity to work with an elite
team of highly trained professionals whose camaraderie, pride, and
purpose are hallmarks of their daily mission protecting
If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding job that also
provides great pay, benefits, and job stability, now is the time to
make your move.
EARN UP TO $20,000 IN RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES
Newly appointed Border Patrol Agents will be offered a $10,000
recruitment incentive upon successful completion of the required
training at the USBP academy. Agents accepting a position in one of
USBP's hard to fill locations will be eligible for an additional
$10,000 incentive. Conditions may apply.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is hiring immediately for
these full-time security-based opportunities.
Salary for GL-5 and -7
Salary for newly appointed GL-5 and GL-7 grade level Border Patrol
Agents varies from $46,495 - $83,661 depending upon grade level
duty location and work schedule, including overtime. A fully
trained Border Patrol Agent may be eligible up to an additional 25%
of base pay in accordance with the BPA Pay Reform Act of 2014. This
is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-5,
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.
Salary for GL-9
Salary for newly appointed GL-9 grade level Border Patrol Agents
varies from $59,021 - $95,192 depending upon grade level duty
location and work schedule, including overtime. A fully trained
Border Patrol Agent may be eligible up to an additional 25% of base
pay in accordance with the BPA Pay Reform Act of 2014. 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.
All agents receive the full package of federal employment benefits
that include health and insurance plans, a generous annual and sick
leave program, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, a
retirement plan akin to a traditional 401(k) offering.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) you will be part of our 60,000+
workforce that strives to protect the American people by
safeguarding our borders, deterring illicit activity, and enhancing
the nation's economic prosperity. Being a Border Patrol Agent makes
you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO)
Typical activities include:
- Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented noncitizens
and smugglers of noncitizens 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 and 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
motor vehicles, horses, watercraft, off-road vehicles, ATVs,
snowmobiles, and motorcycles.
- Occasional travel may be required based on operation needs.
Location determined by the needs of the agency. Job offers are made
based on operational needs and requirements and are determined by
the U.S. Border Patrol. Although the following locations will most
likely be available, the duty location offered in your final offer
letter may include any location within the Southwest Border region
as follows: Big Bend, Del Rio, El Paso, Laredo, and Rio Grande
Valley sectors in Texas; El Centro Sector in Southern California;
and Yuma Sector in Arizona.
ALSO, NATIONWIDE OPENINGS INCLUDING NORTHERN BORDER STATIONS -
URGENT: This opportunity will close upon receipt of 4,200
You qualify for the GL-5 grade level if you possess one of the
Experience: One year of general work experience that demonstrates
the ability to take charge, make sound decisions, and maintain
composure in stressful situations; to learn regulations, methods,
and techniques through classroom training and/or on-the-job
instruction; and the ability to gather concise information through
questioning, observation, and examination of documents and records;
Education Substitution: A bachelor's degree or successful
completion of a full four-year course of study in any field leading
to a bachelor's degree from an accredited or college or university;
OR will receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or
university within nine (9) months from the closing date of this
announcement and will upload all official or unofficial transcripts
before the closing date of this announcement; OR
A Combination of Experience and Education: A combination of general
work experience AND successfully completed college education. This
will be calculated using your resume and official or unofficial
transcripts submitted with your application.
You qualify for the GL-7 grade level if you possess one of the
Experience: One year of specialized work experience that shows you
have the skills necessary to make sound judgments and decisions; to
deal effectively with people in a courteous and tactful manner; to
analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions and apply
these skills in a law enforcement capacity such as training others,
managing finances, code enforcement, doing compliance work,
corrections, security, military, emergency responders, etc.; OR
Education Substitution: A bachelor's degree with superior academic
achievement, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point
average (i.e., GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0), or (3)
honor society membership. Or will receive a bachelor's degree with
Superior Academic Achievement. Or one full year of graduate level
education in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g.,
criminal justice, homeland security, justice studies, law
enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology,
forensic psychology, or corrections and rehabilitation) from an
accredited college or university within 9 months from the closing
date of this announcement; OR
A Combination of Experience and Education: This will be calculated
using your resume and official or unofficial transcripts submitted
with your application.
If you have previous or current law enforcement or military law
enforcement experience, you may qualify at the GL-9 grade level.
You qualify for the GL-9 grade level if you possess the
Experience: One year of specialized work experience equivalent to
at least the next lower grade level that shows that 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
Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this
Residency: You must have had primary U.S. residency (includes
protectorates as declared under international law) for at least
three of the last five years.
Age Restriction: In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this
position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions.
Candidates must be referred for selection to the Border Patrol
Agent position before reaching their 40th birthday in accordance
with Department of Homeland Security Directive 251-03. 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).
Veterans' Preference: You may also be eligible for an excepted
service Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA). The age restriction
does not apply if you are Veterans' Preference eligible.
Formal Training: After you are hired, you will be detailed to the
U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, for
approximately six (6) months of intensive instruction in
immigration and nationality laws, law enforcement and USBP-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
How to Apply
Click the Apply button on this site. You will be linked to the CBP
Talent Network page. For Position of Interest select Border Patrol
Agent, then complete the pre-screening questions.
You will then be provided links the Job Opening Announcements
(JOAs) on USAJOBS, the federal government's official employment
site, to complete your application. Be certain to review ALL
details of the job opening announcement and follow all instructions
in the application process.
If you have questions about the application process, contact a
recruiter through the USBP website (www.cbp.gov/careers/usbp) and
check the CBP calendar at www.cbp.gov/cbp-events-calendar
frequently for upcoming informational webinars, in-person recruiter
events, and virtual career events.
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