As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed
to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable
legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions
remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring,
despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to
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Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of
Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S.
Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector:
- Del Rio Station, Del Rio, TX.
- Eagle Pass South Station, Eagle Pass, TX
- Brackettville Station, Brackettville, TX
This position will allow you to use your expertise to prevent
illegal entry of aliens into the United States by land, water, or
air; enforce criminal provisions of the Immigration and Nationality
Laws; and seek out and apprehend smugglers or aliens who are in the
United States illegally. Apply for this exciting opportunity to
strengthen the Department's ability to protect the homeland.
This position starts at a salary of $92,143.00 (GS-13, Step 1)
to $119,787.00 (GS-13, Step 10) with promotion potential to
$119,787.00 (GS-13 Step 10).
As a first-level Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, you will serve
as a primary law enforcement officer (under 5 U.S.C. 8331 (6C) and
8412 (d)) and be responsible for:
- Directing assignments of subordinate Border Patrol Agents,
specialized units and station operations.
- Directing activities aimed at preventing the illegal entry of
aliens into the United States by land, water, or air.
- Seeking out and apprehending smugglers or aliens who are
illegally in the United States.
- Enforcing the criminal provisions of the Immigration and
- All normal functions involved in supervising personnel,
including leave approval, resolving disciplinary problems and
preparing annual performance appraisals.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
1896 Border Patrol Enforcement Series
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective
- Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five
years (additional details below)
- You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or
- CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing
- You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness
Who May Apply:
- Current federal employees with competitive status who work for
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Basic Qualification Requirements:
The basic qualification requirements include experience in law
enforcement or other responsible work that demonstrates the ability
to make arrests and exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms;
to deal effectively with individuals or persons in a courteous,
tactful manner; and to analyze information rapidly and make prompt
You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess 1 year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
level, performing duties such as:
- Interpreting and enforcing immigration or comparable laws,
rules and regulations;
- Gathering and analyzing intelligence from a variety of
- Developing case work pertaining to criminal prosecutions and
- Identifying and investigating smuggling operations while
ensuring compliance with enforcement and operational
- Devising and recommending solutions to operational problems,
and apprising management of identified deficiencies and
Language Requirement: Must be proficient in the Spanish
language. (i.e., able to speak and read in Spanish).
Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm
while on duty. Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime
of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or
ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (9)). You will be
required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such
Physical and Medical Requirements: Because the duties of the
position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of
interaction and responsibility to the public, you may be required
to undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We
will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical
examination. For more information, visit this link.
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.
- Meet all qualification requirements, including education if
applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage
of the application process; and
- Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal
employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or
equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 06/07/2021.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize
employment offers made to current or former political appointees.
If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a
political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential
Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this
information to the Human Resources Office.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all
applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to
employment in order to promote the agency's core values of
vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening
and/or background investigation process, you will be asked
questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current
felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine,
heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of
non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation,
possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production,
transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled
substances. For more information visit this link.
Polygraph Examination: This is a polygraph-required position. If
you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position,
you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable
results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please
see Polygraph Examination.
Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior
federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will
receive information to request reciprocity in your Background
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.
Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants
not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have
physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as
declared under international law) for at least three of the last
five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you
have been physically located in a foreign location for more than
two of the last five years, you may request an exception to
determine if you are eligible for a residency waiver by meeting one
or more of the following conditions:
- Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a
member of the military
- A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian
or member of the military who was working for the U.S.
- Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S.
affiliated college or university
- Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer
supporting the U.S. government
Age Requirement: Provisions of Public Laws 93-350 and 100-238
allow the imposition of a maximum age for initial appointment to a
primary Law Enforcement Officer position within the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS). In accordance with DHS Management
Directive 251-03, the "day before an individual's 37th birthday" is
the maximum age for original appointment to a position as a primary
law enforcement officer within DHS.The age requirement is also
necessary to ensure that you are able to complete the 20 years of
applicable service for retirement. NOTE: The Commissioner of CBP
has approved a temporary increase in the maximum allowable age to
40 for original placement into a BPA position. Unless the below
criteria applies, you must meet this age requirement by the
06/07/2021AND enter-on-duty no later than the day prior to your
40th birthday, in order to achieve the required 20 years of service
Creditable law enforcement officer service covered by Title 5
U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d), or creditable service
covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(36) (as a Customs and Border
Protection Officer) on or after July 6, 2008, may be applied toward
the maximum age requirement. This age restriction may not apply if
you are currently serving in a federal civilian (not military) law
enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5
Veterans Preference Eligibility: To ensure compliance with
statutes pertaining to the appointment of preference eligible
veterans as determined by the Merit Systems Protection Board in its
recent decision of Isabella v. Dept. of State, the maximum age for
original appointment articulated above shall not apply to the
hiring of individuals entitled to veterans preference eligibility
under 5 U.S.C. 3312. You must submit proof of Veteran's Preference
(DD-214 Member 4 Copy) at the time of application.
This job does not have an education qualification