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Customs and Border Protection Officer
Customs and Border Protection

Douglas, Arizona; Lukeville, Arizona; Nogales, Arizona; San Luis, Arizona; Calexico, California; San Ysidro, California; Calais, Maine; Coburn Gore, Maine; Jackman, Maine; Sweet Grass, Montana; Dunseith, North Dakota; Pembina, North Dakota; Portal, North Dakota; Eagle Pass, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Presidio, Texas; Highgate Springs, Vermont; Point Roberts, Washington
Closed
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Permanent - Full Time

Overview
  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 1, 2016 ()
    Close: April 30, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    Customs And Border Protection
    Internal Job Number: CBPO 16-7
  • Organization Details
    Customs and Border Protection
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $32,318.00 - $48,968.00 Per Year
    59% below average

    Pay Band: GS-1895-05/09
  • 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 CBP Officer position starts at a salary of $32,318 (GS-5 grade level), with promotion potential to $71,012 (GS-12 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: Detect and prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States Enforce customs, immigration and agricultural laws and regulations at U.S. ports of entry Prevent the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics and contraband into the United States The video: Securing America's Ports of Entry emphasizes the importance of CBP Field Operations' frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission. For more information on CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at CBP.gov This is a polygraph designated position. You must take and pass a polygraph examination to be eligible for the position. Due to mission critical needs, the agency is offering a Recruitment Incentive for the following locations; Douglas, Lukeville, Nogales and San Luis, AZ, Calexico, CA, Coburn Gore and Jackman, ME, Pembina and Portal, ND, and Presidio, TX. The Recruitment Incentive pays 25% (except Pembina pays 10%) of an employee's base pay (including locality) per year for three (3) years. A service agreement is required prior to entering on duty. This incentive applies to new federal employees only and is dependent upon the availability of funds.

Qualifications

The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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.

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.

Experience as a CBP Explorer may be qualifying if your resume provides sufficient information to credit your experience. To receive full credit for your experience please be sure to describe your duties, roles and responsibilities in detail.

Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for all CBP Officers 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 salary based on Federal pay regulations. Note: If you are a current GS-12 step 1, your salary may be reduced to a GS-5 step 10, which equates to an approximate $29,000 salary reduction (based on locality). Re-promotion is not guaranteed. Timeframes and grade level re-promotion is at the discretion of the agency and will be subject to a probationary period.

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

Formal Training: You will complete a paid pre-academy orientation for approximately 30 days at your home port prior to attending the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) for approximately 17 - 19 weeks at Glynco, GA. Candidates selected for duty locations where they are required to be proficient in reading, writing and speaking Spanish will be required to either pass a Spanish language proficiency examination or attend a 6-week long Spanish immersion class at FLETC.

Uniform: This position requires wearing an officially approved uniform while in a duty status.

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
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Duties

Being a Customs and Border Protection Officer makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

  • Enforcing customs, immigration, and agriculture law and regulations;
  • Facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel;
  • Conducting inspections of individuals and conveyances;
  • Determining the admissibility of individuals for entry into the United States; and
  • Preventing the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods and the smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband.
Benefits
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."

Polygraph Examination: The CBP Officer position is a polygraph-required position. You must take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination.

A previous cleared polygraph examination administered by another federal agency may potentially be used in lieu of a CBP polygraph examination, and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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 Background Investigation.

Age Requirement: You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 37th birthday in accordance with Public Law 110-161. 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. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) you may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. There are no other exceptions to Public Law 110-161.

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.

Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The CBP Officer 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, CBP Officers are subject to random and unannounced drug testing.

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

Physical Fitness Screening: You may be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test. Please see: the Pre-Employment Fitness Test-1 Physical Readiness Program for additional information. This is a 6-week program designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness that will help you successfully pass the CBP fitness tests.

Interview Process: You will be required to pass a face-to-face structured interview (SI) and may be required to take and pass a video-based test (VBT).

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

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