Marine Interdiction Agent
Customs and Border Protection

CBP - Northwest US, United States; CBP Central Southeast, United States; CBP Florida, United States; CBP Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, United States; CBP Southwest, United States
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 16, 2016 ()
    Close: May 15, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: MIA 16-5 1679180
  • Organization Details
    Customs and Border Protection
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $50,600.00 - $65,286.00 Per Year
    29% below average

    Pay Band: GL-1801-09/09
  • 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 Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) position starts at a salary of $50,600 (GL-9 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: Conducts maritime patrols and interdictions at sea,on lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror Conducts interdiction operations against national security threats to include, illegal drugs and undocumented aliensmuggling Conduct joint investigations with other agencies related to border security in the maritime environment, employing multiple investigative techniques and capabilities Due to the extensive pre-employment screening process, we are actively recruiting to fill future MIA vacancies with AMO. If you are interested in a career with CBP as an MIA, we encourage you to apply to this announcement. We expect applicants from this announcement to Enter On Duty (EOD) within 18 to 24 months. The MIA position requires that you possess one of the following Merchant Mariner Credentials: Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License (OUPV) or Master's License or Deck's Mate License. Learn more about what aMIA does by viewing our Podcast 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 and submit a legible copy of the pages showing the expiration date and capacity of your vessel license.  One of the following current United States Coast Guard issued licenses (Merchant Mariner Credentials) in order to qualify for this position:

  • Masters License (any tonnage)
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) License
  • Deck Mates License (Chief Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate) of greater than 200 gross tons
  • Deck Mates License (Chief Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate) of 200 gross tons or less (Near Coastal and Offshore)

*Again, You must submit legible copies of the pages showing the expiration date and capacity of your license.  There is no exception to this requirement.  If you do not provide the requested pages from your MMC you will be found ineligible for this vacancy.

You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $ 50,600) if you possess the following:  You must have at least one year of Law Enforcement experience that provided you with the knowledge of basic law enforcement methods, techniques, and skills.  All experience must be clearly accounted for in your resume and explained in detail, articulating the type of law enforcement work you have performed with specific examples that include the position titles and the length of time (including hours per week) served in each position. If you do not provide detailed work experience as stated above, you will be found ineligible for this announcement.  Examples of law enforcement experience include, but are not limited to: enforcing laws, effecting arrests, performing surveillance, conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects, collecting and securing evidence, writing reports detailing activities and observations, and providing expert testimony in court; OR

Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or LL.B., in a qualifying field (e.g., criminal justice, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, and corrections and rehabilitation); OR

A combination of successfully completed post-bachelors education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application.


Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Marine 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  attend approximately 23 weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, consisting of 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT) which includes a 100-meter swim and 15-minute survival float test that must be passed to complete the course; followed by 4 weeks of Spanish Language training (if you failed the Spanish Language proficiency test given during the  AMBT course); and 4 weeks of Marine Law Enforcement training. Additionally, you will be required to complete the following training programs after successful completion of AMBT: (1) Crewmember training course at your local duty station; (2) Tactical Boarding Officer training course; and (5) Initial Vessel Commander Certification at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, FL. Failure to successfully complete all of the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.

Physical Requirements: You must be physically able to perform strenuous duties under rigorous environmental conditions. For example, duties require physical stamina in running long distances, climbing, jumping, etc., withstanding exposure to extreme weather conditions for extended period; and standing and stooping for long periods of time. Irregular and protracted hours of work are also required.

Uniforms: This position requires you to wear 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.

Drivers' License: You must possess a valid drivers' license.

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
  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized for Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, VI. locations ONLY.

You will serve as a CBP Marine Interdiction Agent performing marine 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:

  • Serving as an Air and Maine Operations (AMO) vessel commander or crew member in law enforcement operations utilizing CBP marine assets.
  • Conducting maritime patrols, surveillance and pursuit activities related to the interdiction of smuggled contraband via land, air, and sea.
  • Conducting high speed vessel pursuits and intercepts of suspect vessels under adverse and sometimes hazardous conditions during the hours of darkness and in times of foul/inclement weather.
  • Searching vessels and/or persons to gather evidence to support allegations of criminal or terrorist activity.
  • Conducting independent and joint investigations.
  • Working closely with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to gather/share intelligence information regarding illegal maritime activity to include identifying and preventing potential acts of terrorism.
BENEFITS DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Saving 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 DHS Careers and website and select "Employee Benefits."

Polygraph Examination: The MIA position is a polygraph-required position. You must take a polygraph & have favorable results. Please see:

Background Investigation: DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo & 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 100-238. Federal civilian law enforcement positions covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. There are no exceptions to PL 100-238. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran preference eligible.

See 'Required Documents'.

Notice to Retired Veterans: Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless you have a service-connected disability. This does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60. Please see veterans' information.

Residency Requirement: 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);
  2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity;
  3. Been a dependent of a US federal or military employee serving overseas
  4. A current CBP employee

Exceptions may be granted if you 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 MIA 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 pass a drug test as a condition of employment for this position. Once employed, MIAs are subject to random & unannounced drug tests.

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

Physical Fitness Screening: Due to the strenuous nature of the MIA duties & the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed to screen candidates for entry-level MIA positions. Please see:

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