Border Patrol Agent - Entry Level, Up to 20,000 Recruitment Incentive
Company: United States Customs and Border Protection
Posted on: September 16, 2023
Border Patrol Agent
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 and Benefits
Salary for newly appointed GL-7 grade level Border Patrol Agents
varies from $52,921 - $83,661 depending upon 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.
Candidates with at least one (1) year of law enforcement experience
and/or certain military backgrounds may qualify at the GL-9 grade
level and make $59,021 - $95,192 depending upon exact location and
work schedule, including overtime.
Agents will also 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.
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
Using infrared scopes during night operations.
Responding to aircraft sighting and other anti-smuggling
Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and
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.
Occasional travel may be required based on operation needs.
Job offers are made based on operational needs and requirements and
are determined by the U.S. Border Patrol. Although the locations
listed below 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 Sector Texas, Del Rio Sector Texas, El Paso Sector Texas,
Laredo Sector Texas, Rio Grande Valley Sector Texas, El Centro
Sector California, Yuma Sector Arizona
You qualify for the GS-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 for the GL-7 grade level: 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.
You qualify for the GS-9 grade level if you possess the following
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.
Note: There is no education substitution for this GS-9 grade
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:
To apply for this position, click the Apply button/link on this
site. You will be linked to the CBP Talent Network page. Complete
the information requested on that page and for Position of Interest
select Border Patrol Agent.
You will then be provided a link to 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
register for an upcoming webinar (www.cbp.gov/cbp-events-calendar)
or virtual career event (www.cbp.gov/careerexpo).
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