Air Interdiction Agent Uas Pilots
Customs and Border Protection

CBP - Northwest US, United States; CBP Southwest, United States
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 1, 2016 ()
    Close: April 29, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    Customs And Border Protection Interdiction
    Internal Job Number: AIA 16-9 1659279
  • Organization Details
    Customs and Border Protection
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $59,246.00 - $77,019.00 Per Year
    20% below average

    Pay Band: GS-1881-11/11
  • Who Can Apply?
    United States Citizens
Position Summary

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. The Air Interdiction Agent position starts at a salary of $59,246 (GS-11 grade level), with promotion potential to $84,443 (GS-13 grade level). Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following : Conduct air to air, air to water, and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens Due to the extensive pre-employment screening process, we are actively recruiting to fill future Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) vacancies within AMO. If you are interested in a career with CBP as an AIA, we encourage you to apply to this announcement. We expect applicants from this announcement to Enter on Duty (EOD) within 18 to 24 months. For detailed information on the Air Interdiction Agent position, please visit: For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see . Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with Customs and Border Protection. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.


Basic Requirement: You must possess the following in order to meet the basic requirements of this position:

  • A current FAA Commercial Pilot Certification with the following ratings: Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating and Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating for Dual Rated.  Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating for Airplane Rated.  Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable (e.g., Airline Transport Pilot Certificate).
  • An FAA Class I Medical Certificate or FAA Class II Medical Certificate. Either one must be within 12 calendar months of the date of issuance. However, at the time of your Structured Interview you MUST have an FAA Class I Medical Certificate dated within the previous 12 calendar months. Your FAA Medical certificate must be valid through the closing date of this announcement, otherwise you will be found ineligible. Military flight medicals cannot be used - you must possess an FAA Class I or Class II Medical certificate.
  • Have 1500 hours total flight time. Within the 1500 hours you must have: 100 flight hours within the last 12 months; 250 hours as Pilot-in-Command; 75 hours Instrument and 75 Night hours. The listed flight hours cannot be waived. All of your flight log books will be required for verification at the time of your Flight Assessment.

You qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $59,246) if you possess one year of work experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • Operate Unmanned Aerial Systems performing law enforcement missions
  • Fly as a Pilot-in-Command or sole manipulator in an airplane and helicopter in all environments of flight, including night, poor weather, unfavorable terrain, low altitudes or speed;
  • Develop cases and conduct interviews or interrogations for case development;
  • Conduct searches of persons, aircrafts, vessels, or vehicles and collect and preserve evidence, and gather intelligence;
  • Engage effectively in contacts with hostile persons and work independently under conditions of high accountability;
  • Monitor behavior patterns, body language, mannerisms, and speech that would establish probable cause for detection or arrest.

You must meet all qualification requirements by, the closing date of this announcement. Qualifications are subject to verification at any stage of the application and pre-employment process. 

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) 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.

Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Air Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided.

Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to this announcement will be required to serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to accept a change to lower grade, which may reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulation.

Probationary Period: You must serve a one-year probationary period during the first year of your initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.

Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: You will be detailed to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, consisting of 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT).  The training is comprised of formalized courses of basic technical instruction necessary to perform the duties of the position, including an untested swim/water survival course. Additionally, you will complete the following training programs: (1) Spanish Language training course; (2) Initial Survival Training course; (3) Aircraft-specific Flight Training course; and (4) Standardized Tactical Aviation Training (STAT) course.

Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): You must be readily accessible and willing to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of a 40-hour work week and will receive extra compensation. 

Shift Work:  This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

You will serve as a CBP Air Interdiction Agent performing air law enforcement operations involving the detection, prevention, interdiction and apprehension of terrorist, terrorist weapons and other contraband and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States. Your duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Operate Unmanned Aerial Systems performing law enforcement missions
  • Performing interdiction duties that include intelligence gathering, detecting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, testifying and acting as liaison with other Federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies
  • Developing strategies to track aircraft, vessels and people to accomplish an effective and successful interdiction
  • Gathering and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism with internal customers, the general aviation and marine communities and other law enforcement agencies
  • Testifying under oath before a grand jury, federal court proceedings and/or other legal proceedings

You can review our benefits at:

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."

Polygraph Examination: The AIA position is a polygraph-required position. You must take and pass exam, in order to continue in the pre-employment process. See:

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) as a condition of placement into this position. This may include but is not limited to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) name and fingerprint check, review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Please see:

Age Requirement: You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 37th birthday in accordance with Public Law 93-350 and 100-238. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veterans' preference eligible. If you are serving or have served in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(17) you may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. There are no other exceptions to Public Law 93-350 and 100-238. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veterans' preference eligible.

Residency Requirement: If you are not a current CBP employee you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement up through entering on duty:
1.  Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations); or
2.  Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
3.  Been a dependent of a US federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples of state-side coverage information include: the state-side address of the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located; the state-side address of the professor in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program; the church records for the applicant's overseas church missions; and/or the state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas.

Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The AIA 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.

Drug Testing: You must complete a drug test as a condition of employment for this position. Once employed, Air Interdiction Agents are subject to random and unannounced drug testing.

Medical Examination: You must undergo and successfully pass the medical screening process.

Physical Fitness Screening: You will be required to pass a physical fitness test (PFT-1). Approximately 30 days prior to your entrance on duty, you will be required to participate in a second pre-employment fitness test (PFT-2). Please see:


Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver's license.

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