Border Patrol Agent
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Border Patrol Agents are federal law enforcement officers that are on the "fence line". They enforce immigration law and criminal statutes in the areas in between the ports-of-entry mainly along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico, the shores of the Gulf of Mexico coast, and Puerto Rico by 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 sightings and other anti-smuggling activities, and performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks Entry-level positions begin at GL-5, GL-7, or GL-9 with starting salary ranges between $39,858.00 to $50,600.00. Full performance level for the BPA position is GS-12 with a minimum salary of $71,012 (can be achieved in 2 to 4 years). Base salary does not include pay incentives such as overtime, shift differential, Sunday pay, and holiday pay.
a. One year of general work experience that demonstrates the ability to take charge, make sound decisions, and maintain composure in stressful situations; learn law enforcement regulations, methods and techniques through classroom training and/or on-the-job instruction; and gather factual information through questioning, observation, and examination of documents and records; OR
b. A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; OR
c. A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and general work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.
You qualify for the GL-7 grade level (starting salary $45,371) if you possess one of the following:
a. One year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to make arrests and exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms; deal effectively with individuals or groups of persons in a courteous, tactful manner in connection with law enforcement matters; analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions or take prompt and appropriate law enforcement action in light of applicable laws, court decisions and sound law enforcement matters; and develop and maintain contact with a network of informants; OR
b. A bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Go to Superior Academic Achievement to see if you qualify under this provision; OR
c. 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, corrections and rehabilitation) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; OR
d. A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.
You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $50,600) if you possess the following:
One year of specialized work experience in law enforcement that demonstrates the ability to develop cases and conduct interviews or interrogations, apprehensions and arrests in order to further the process or case development; prepare cases and appear as a professional witness in court; exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms and conduct training, qualification exercises, or courses in the proper care and use of firearms; deal effectively with individuals or groups of persons in a courteous and tactful manner in their detention, control or interrogation, and work to promote effective community outreach programs and public relations; analyze and disseminate intelligence information and data rapidly; and apply a practical knowledge of the laws, concepts, operational practices and law enforcement methods and techniques in order to independently perform duties typically encountered in law enforcement; develop and maintain contact with a network of informants, social and political organizations, state and local enforcement agencies, and private citizens, to ensure continuity of enforcement work and to carry out enforcement responsibilities; use a variety of law enforcement databases and information retrieval systems, such as TECS, NCIC, and NEXUS; and prepare reports and write other documents that deal with the collection, protection, and recording of evidence; and the presentation of testimony; and retain informational materials concerning illegal activities and practices encountered during daily activities.
If basing qualifications on education for GL-5 or GL-7 then a bachelor's degree or graduate's degree or higher must be attained within 9-months after the closing date of the announcement.
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: 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, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."
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 one year in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For example you could:start as a BPA in December 2016 as a GL-5 and make $39,858 per year* -
be promoted in December 2017 to GL-7 and make $45,371 per year*
· be promoted in December 2018 to GL-9 and make $50,600 per year*
· be promoted in December 2019 to GS-11 and make $59,246 per year*
· be promoted in December 2020 to GS-12 and make $71,012 per year*
*please note this example is based on the 2016 "Rest of the United States" salary table and does not take to consideration higher locality pay where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.
Go to www.usajobs.gov, create a profile, use the resume builder or attach your own resume, search for the "Border Patrol Agent" job, click "Apply Now", answer all the questions, have other documentation such as unofficial transcripts and DD-214 (for veterans) ready to attach at the end of the questionnaire, and click submit.
The job can also be found at www.cbp.gov/careers/apply-now. Apply for the "General Public" announcement. Veterans that are Veterans' Recruitment Appointment eligible are encouraged to apply under the "VRA Eligible Veterans Only" announcement.
Salary: $39,858.00 to $50,600.00 to start; FPL salary-$71,102
Start Date: Non veterans - 1 year 1 month after testing; veterans - possible 5 months after testingApply Online Here Apply By Email