Border Patrol Agent
Employment Type: Full-Time
As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.
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Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, assigned to the Sector Operations Detachment at various locations throughout the United States. Below are the duty locations where positions may be filled under this announcement.
* Del Rio Sector SOD, Del Rio, TX (2 vacancies)
* Detroit SOD, Selfridge, MI (1 vacancy)
* El Centro SOD, Imperial, CA (6 vacancies)
* El Paso SOD, El Paso, TX (5 vacancies)
* Laredo SOD, Laredo, TX (8 vacancies)
* Rio Grande Valley SOD, McAllen, TX (5 vacancies)
* Swanton SOD, Swanton, VT (5 vacancies)
* Tucson SOD, Tucson, AZ (6 vacancies)
* Yuma SOD, Yuma, AZ (2 vacancies)
* Special Operations Group Headquarters, El Paso, TX (11 vacancies)
Location Preference: You may select only ONE location where you would be willing to work. If you wish to change your location selection after your initial application submission, you will need to choose the location again. Changing the location will override the previous selection. You may not change location preferences after 02/22/2021.
The application questionnaire indicates duty locations by city and state only. To indicate your preference for a specific location within El Paso, Texas, please answer the duty location question in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11025832 accordingly.
This position will allow you to use your expertise to prevent illegal entry of aliens into the United States by land, water, or air; enforce criminal provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Laws; and seek out and apprehend smugglers or aliens who are in the United States illegally. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to protect the homeland.
This position starts at a salary of $77,488.00 (GS-12, Step 1) to $100,739.00 (GS-12, Step 10) with promotion potential to $100,739.00 (GS-12 Step 10).
As a Border Patrol Agent (BORTAC Operator) you will serve as a primary law enforcement officer (under 5 U.S.C. 8336 (c) and 8412 (d)). Your duties will include:
* Serving as an Operator for BORTAC.
* Resolving emergency situations and high risk incidents while reducing the risk of loss of life or serious injury to officers, victims, or innocent third parties.
* Responding to civil disturbances, hostage situations, high-risk warrant executions, tactical operations/situations, reconnaissance/surveillance services, civil emergencies (either man-made or natural disasters), and search and rescue operations.
* Demonstrating a high level of skill in weaponry, self defense, crowd control, confrontation management, aquatics, rappelling, land navigation, chemical control agents, anti-terrorism tactics, hostage negotiations, building entries, emergency rescue procedures, small unit tactics, tracking and airborne insertion operations.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis.
* Job family (Series)
1896 Border Patrol Enforcement Series
Conditions of Employment
* 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 at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
* You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
* CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
* You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards
Who May Apply:
* This is a Voluntary Reassignment Opportunity for current U.S. Border Patrol GS-1896 employees with competitive status in one of the following positions: a current GS-1896-12 BPA OR a current GS-13 (or higher graded) SBPA/BPA employee who is willing to take a voluntary change to lower grade.
Basic Qualification Requirements:
The basic qualification requirements include experience in law enforcement or other responsible work that demonstrates the ability to make arrests and exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms; to deal effectively with individuals or persons in a courteous, tactful manner; and to analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions.
You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:
* Interpreting and enforcing immigration or comparable laws, rules, and regulations.
* Performing intelligence, prosecution, investigation, anti-smuggling, and other work of comparable difficulty related to Border Patrol operations.
Language Requirement: Must be proficient in the Spanish language. (i.e., able to speak and read in Spanish).
BORTAC Basic Selection and Training Course: You must have successfully completed the BORTAC Basic Selection and Training Course to be considered for this position.
Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while on duty. Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (9)). You will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense.
Physical and Medical Requirements: Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you may be required to undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. For more information, visit this link.
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.
* Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
* Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 02/22/2021.
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: This 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
Agents may receive a GSA Lump Sum relocation payment, if their new station meets the 'distance test'.
Relocation Expenses and Lump Sum Payments: Agents relocating as a part of the nationwide announcement will receive the following lump sum amount, depending on their status. These lump sum payments are in lieu of any other relocation payments, the home buyout is not included under this relocation.
$13,600 for one person households who do not own a home.
$25,625 for multiple person households who do not own a home.
$36,175 for one person households who own a home.
$48,175 for multiple person households who own a home.
These lump sum amounts are before taxes. CBP will treat the entire lump sum as fully taxable and accordingly will use the flat rate method for withholding appropriate Federal Income Taxes, FICA and Medicare. All lump sum payments will be received through direct deposit.
Relocation Information: An employee will lose their Relocation Benefits if they begin any portion of their relocation prior to the receipt of the signed/approved Relocation Package (Form 4500 [PCS] OR 4501 [Lump sum], et. al; referred to below as the travel authorization) from the National Relocation Coordinator at the USBP/MROD office. §302-2.1 When may I begin my transfer or reassignment? You may begin your transfer or reassignment only after your agency has approved your travel authorization (TA) in writing (paper or electronic). §302-2.2 May I relocate to my new official station before I receive a written travel authorization (TA)? No, you must have the written TA (paper or electronic) before you relocate to your new official station.
Change in Residence: In order to receive the lump sum payment, agents must change residence from which they normally commute to work and meet all requirements outlined in the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR): Travel Regulations.
Official Residence: Official residence is defined as the residence address listed with the National Finance Center (NFC). It is the agent's responsibility to ensure that his/her official residence is correctly annotated in the NFC and updated as necessary. Note: Be sure that your NFC and Application Manager Profile address is updated as well as your resume to reflect your physical address. PO Boxes will not be accepted as they are not permanent addresses.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.