U.S. Customs and Border Protection

http://www.cbp.gov/careers/apply-now

With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As the world's first full-service border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. CBP generates almost $30 billion annually for the federal government. Customs and Border Protection Officers are federal law enforcement officers that enforce customs and immigration law and criminal statutes at over 300 ports of entry across the United States and its territories, detect and prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel, conduct inspections of individuals and conveyances, determine the admissibility of individuals for entry into the United States, and prevent the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods and the smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband. Entry-level positions begin at GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 with starting salary ranges between $32,318.00 - $48,968.00. Full performance level for the CBP Officer 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, which can add up to an additional $35,000 per year. In addition to pay incentives, some locations are offering a recruitment incentive of 25% of your base salary as a bonus each year for your first three years (an average of $10,000 a year).

Qualifications

You qualify for the GS-5 grade level (starting salary $32,318) if you possess one of the following:

a. Three years of general work experience that demonstrates the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to learn and apply a body of facts; 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 GS-7 grade level (starting salary $40,033) if you possess one of the following:

a. One year of specialized work experience that entails performance of substantive duties in inspections work at borders, seaports, airports or other ports of entry and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status, or compliance/regulatory work; 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; OR

c. One full year of graduate level education in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; OR

d. A combination of successfully completed graduate level education in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university and specialized work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.

You qualify for the GS-9 grade level (starting salary $48,968) if you possess one of the following:

a. One year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to make rapid, accurate judgments and decisions with respect to the application of the regulations, instructions, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States, or enforcement and administration of laws relating to the right of persons to enter, reside in, or depart from the United States; OR

b. Two full years of graduate level education in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; OR

c. A combination of successfully completed graduate level education in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, corrections and rehabilitation, justice studies, homeland security, forensic technology and forensic psychology) at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university and specialized work experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.

If basing qualifications on education, then a bachelor's degree or graduate's degree or higher must be attained within 9-months of the closing date of the announcement
.

Benefits

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 GS-5, GS-7, GS-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 CBPO in December 2016 as a GS-5 with a starting salary of $32,318 per year*
•be promoted in December 2017 to GS-7 and make $40,033 per year*
•be promoted in December 2018 to GS-9 and make $48,968 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.

Comments

Go to www.usajobs.gov, create a profile, use the resume builder or attach your own resume, search for the "CBP Officer" 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: $32,318.00 - $48,968.00 to start; FPL salary - $71,102

Start Date: Students - 1 year 1 motnh from time of application and testing; Veterans - possible 5 months after testing

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