Border Patrol Agent - Entry Level
Company: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Border Patrol Agent-Entry Level
Join the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) team. Take the
next steps by clicking to fill out a short form to get your journey
started. Your completion of this short form is essential to your
opportunity to become a Border Patrol Agent making you a valuable
member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers profession. As a
Border Patrol Agent, you will be part of our 60,000 - employee
workforce. Entry-level experience is welcomed (training
As an entry-level Border Patrol Agent with U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP), you will be part of one of the world's largest
law enforcement organizations charged with maintaining the security
of our national borders while facilitating lawful international
travel and trade.
As a full-time employee, you also could receive the full package of
Federal employment benefits that include health and insurance
plans, a generous annual and sick leave program and a retirement
savings plan akin to a traditional 401(k) offering.
CBP is hiring immediately for these full-time security-based
Select this site's Apply link to join CBP's Talent Network. You
will be provided the official GL-7 BPA announcement that appears on
USAJobs, the Federal Government's official employment site, where
you will need to apply on-line.
See the How to Apply section below for more information.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) you will be part of our
60,000-employee workforce that strives to protect the American
people, safeguard our borders, and enhance the nation's economic
Typical assignments 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 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:
vehicles, horses, vessels, watercrafts, off-road vehicles, ATVs,
snowmobiles, and motorcycles
Duty Locations: Job offers are made based on operational needs and
requirements and are determined by the U.S. Border Patrol. Although
the locations listed 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 - Presidio Station, Van Horn Station,
Sanderson Station, Alpine Station, Sierra Blanca Station, Marfa
* Del Rio Sector Texas - Abilene Station, Del Rio Station,
Brackettville Station, Comstock Station, Eagle Pass North Station,
Eagle Pass South Station, Carrizo Springs Station, Rocksprings
Station, San Angelo Station, Uvalde Station
* El Paso Sector Texas - Alamogordo Station, Clint Station, Deming
Station, El Paso Station, Fort Hancock Station, Las Cruces Station,
Lordsburg Station, Santa Teresa Station, Truth or Consequences
Station, Ysleta Station
* El Centro Sector California - El Centro Station, Indio Station,
* Laredo Sector Texas - Laredo South Station, Cotulla Station,
Hebbronville Station, Laredo West Station, Freer Station, Laredo
North Station, Zapata Station
* Rio Grande Valley Sector Texas - Rio Grande City Station, Fort
Brown Station, McAllen Station, Brownsville Station, Falfurrias
Station, Weslaco Station, Kingsville Station, Harlingen Station
* Yuma Sector Arizona - Blythe Station, Yuma Station, Wellton
You will begin your career as a GL-7 grade level BPA and make
$50,704 - $80,151 depending upon exact 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.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required based on operation
Conditions of Employment
To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary
injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated,
depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the federal
government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19
vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on
Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for federal
employees. Therefore, to the extent a federal job announcement
includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that
requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request
information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants
for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols,
such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing,
travel, and quarantine.
Firearm Proficiency: You will be required to carry a firearm.
Firearm proficiency is required for all Border Patrol Agents and is
part of the training provided.
Probationary Period: You must serve a one-year probationary period
during the first year of your initial permanent federal
Formal Training: After you are hired, you will be detailed to the
U.S. Border patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, for
approximately 6 months of intensive instruction in immigration and
nationality laws, law enforcement and Border Patrol-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
Residency Requirement: CBP has a residency requirement that applies
to all applicants not currently employed by CBP.
Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver's license.
Qualifications for the BPA GL-7 Grade Level
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.;
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:
Combination of Experience and Education: This will be calculated
using your resume and official or unofficial transcripts submitted
with your application.
To receive full credit for any and all experience, please be sure
to describe your duties, roles, and responsibilities in detail.
Age Requirement: 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). The age restriction does not apply if you are a
Veterans' Preference eligible.
Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to
this announcement may be required to accept a change to lower grade
which will reduce their current salary based on Federal pay
Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must
authorize employment offers made to current or former political
If you have previous or current law enforcement or military law
enforcement experience, you may qualify at the GL-9 grade level.
Please refer to the BPA GL-9 announcement.
Polygraph Examination: This is a polygraph-required position. If
you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position,
you will be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable
results in order to continue in the pre-employment process.
Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior
federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam.
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.
Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive National
Security Position, and, upon selection, applicants will be required
to undergo, and must successfully pass, a Tier 5 investigation or
equivalent for placement and retention in this position.
Pre-Screening Interview: As part of the suitability process, you
may be required to undergo a pre-screening interview.
Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The Border Patrol Agent
position is a weapons-carrying position. Any person who has been
convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot
lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Therefore, if you have
been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are
not qualified for this position.
Medical/Physical Requirements: You must complete the medical
screening process and be found to meet the medical standards for
Drug Testing Requirements: This is a drug testing designated
position. You must complete and pass a drug test as a condition of
employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance
with the Agency's Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Physical Fitness Screening: You will be required to successfully
pass the Pre-employment Fitness Test. This a 6-week program
designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness
that will help you successfully pass CBP fitness test.
Interview Process: You will be required to pass a face-to-face
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated based on your resume, supporting documents,
and the entrance examination. Test scores prior to March 16, 2021,
are no longer valid.
The entrance exam consists of two parts: 1) the online assessment
taken on a personal computer and, 2) the proctored exam taken at a
local testing center.
The Proctored Examination contains the following assessment:
Logical Reasoning. To be eligible, applicants must pass the
entrance examination with a score of at least 70.
If you pass the entrance exam and meet minimum qualifications, you
will be placed in one of the following categories for referral and
Best Qualified: Applicants possessing the type and quality of
experience that substantially exceeds the minimum
Very Highly Qualified: Applicants possessing the type and quality
of experience that exceeds, to a very considerable extent, the
Highly Qualified: Applicants possessing the type and quality of
experience that exceeds, to a considerable extent, the minimum
Well Qualified: Applicants possessing the type and quality of
experience that marginally exceeds the minimum qualifications of
the position and who demonstrate average proficiency in most of the
Qualified: Applicants possessing the type and quality of experience
that meets the minimum qualifications.
Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at
least 10% are listed at the top of the highest quality category
depending on grade levels. Veterans with 5-point preference or
10-point non-compensable preference who meet the eligibility and
qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligible
within the category in which they qualify.
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a
disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and Americans with
Disabilities Act 1990, as amended, that would interfere with
completing the Border Patrol Agent Entrance Exam, you are able to
request a Reasonable Accommodation prior to the online assessment
and/or proctored exam.
Resume: A resume in English is required. It must contain your full
legal name, address, phone number, complete work history, a
detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those
duties (MM/DD/YY), as well as your hours worked per week.
Transcripts: Required if basing any part of your qualifications on
education and must be in English from an accredited
Veterans' Preference Documents: If you claim Veterans' Preference
you will be required to submit proof of eligibility (DD 214
Member-4 copy, Certificate of Release or Discharge) showing your
Character of Service. Those applying for 10-Point preference must
submit documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility.
Statement of Service (Certification Letter): If you are still on
active duty you must submit certification from the Armed Forces
showing when you will be discharged or released from active duty.
The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate
military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service
dates including the expected discharge or release date; (2)
campaign badges and expeditionary medals; and (3) the character of
Age Requirement Documents: If you are over the age of 40 you will
need to submit proof you are eligible for the position of Border
Patrol Agent. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal
law enforcement service, you must submit copies of your SF-50s
reflecting the beginning date and end date of creditable Federal
civilian (not military) service under Title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20), and
Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(17). If you are claiming an age waiver based on
Veterans' Preference, submit the required Veterans' Preference
SF-50: If you are a current/former Federal employee it is
recommended you submit your most recent SF-50 "Notification of
Personnel Action" form. Please do not submit a Performance Award
Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career
Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Please submit:
* a copy of your agency notice,
* a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
* a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel
Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty
Are you a current or former political appointee? If you are or have
been a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or
Presidential appointee employee, you must submit a copy of your
applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the
following information regarding your most recent political
* Position title
* Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or
* Beginning and ending dates of appointment
How to Apply
Click on this site's "APPLY" link/button. You will be taken to
CBP's Talent Network Page Recruitment Application, immediately upon
registration you will receive a link to the Border Patrol Agent
GL-7 announcement on USAJobs, the Federal Government's official
To begin your online application, sign into USA Jobs or create a
USA Jobs account if you do not already have one. Once you are at
the Customs and Border Protection GL-7 grade level announcement,
click Apply and follow the online prompts to fill out the
assessment questionnaire and submit your application.
Your application packet must include a completed assessment
questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required
supporting documentation. Please see the Required Documents section
for additional information. All application materials must be in
Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by
mail or email. Applicants may not update any part of their
application after initial submission. You must submit your resume,
application questionnaire, and any supporting documents at the time
of application. Please see the Next Steps section for more
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: CTAP/ICTAP
eligibles must submit the supporting documents listed under the
Required Documents section of this announcement. In addition, to be
considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must possess the
knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly
exceeding the minimum requirements of the position as shown in the
evaluation section of this announcement.
CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an
exciting career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter at @CBP and
@CBPJobs. Find us on LinkedIn at U.S. Customs and Border
Next Steps in the Application Process
A new entrance examination went into effect March 16, 2021. All
applicants for GL-7 positions will be required to complete the
two-part entrance examination.
Once you submit your application, you will receive an email from
CBP with a link to create an account to access the online
assessment, which takes approximately 1 hour. You must complete
this portion of the exam on a personal computer within 72 hours of
receipt of the email.
Upon completion of the online assessment, you will receive a second
email from CBP to schedule the proctored exam at a local testing
center. You will have 21 days to schedule and complete the
proctored exam at a local testing center. Please be sure to check
your email, spam, and junk folders daily. Scheduling the proctored
exam as soon as possible will ensure the most options for testing.
Please allow approximately 4 hours to complete the exam.
You will only be allowed one test result for the entrance exam for
six (6) months, and the most recent score will be used regardless
of whether it is a passing or failing result. A passing score does
not guarantee selection.
If you meet the qualifications for this position and have a passing
score, you will be considered for future openings in "category
order" in accordance with Veterans' Preference regulations.
Your status will be updated on USA Jobs throughout the process. To
check your status, log into your USA Jobs account and go to your
home page to view active applications.
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