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Border Patrol Agent

Washington, DC



U.S. Customs and Border Protection

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20229

Website: www.cbp.gov    


Application Deadline: NA



Your Career Protecting America



U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agent



As a Border Patrol Agent, your primary focus will be to work in tandem with your U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) partners to prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. Border Patrol Agents also detect and prevent the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented aliens into the United States, and apprehend those people found to be in violation of the immigration laws. Also, due to the increase in drug smuggling operations, the Border Patrol is the primary drug-interdicting agency along the land border between the ports of entry.


One of the most important activities performed by Border Patrol Agents is line-watch. It involves the detection, prevention and apprehension of undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens by maintaining surveillance from a covert position, following up on leads, responding to electronic sensor alarms, utilizing infrared scopes during night maneuvers, operating low-light television systems, communicating aircraft sightings and interpreting and following physical evidence. Additional responsibilities involve performing farm and ranch, traffic and transportation checks, traffic observation, city patrol and administrative duties, as well as providing intelligence and conducting anti-smuggling activities.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and will be recruited at the GS-5 or GS-7 level, with non-competitive promotion potential to GS-11. Border Patrol Agents can also earn up to an additional 25 percent of their basic salary in overtime pay. To qualify, you must be able to successfully complete a thorough background investigation, medical examination, fitness and drug test. You must also complete five months of intensive paid training at the CBP Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM. Instruction will include immigration and nationality laws, Spanish language proficiency, physical training, and marksmanship.


Beyond the satisfaction of protecting America on the Southwest border, CBP Border Patrol Agents are rewarded with excellent pay and an outstanding federal benefits package.


If you want to work in an exciting environment of high public trust, with wide-open spaces and opportunities to match, consider the role of a CBP Patrol Agent. For more information, visit www.cbp.gov, click on “Careers,” then click on “Border Patrol Agent.”


CBP strives to have a workforce that reflects our nation’s diversity.


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