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Employer:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Job Ref:  CBPO 12-1A
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  United States
City:  Nationwide Locations
Salary:  $31,315.00 to $38,790.00 / Per Year
08/11/2012 04:52 AM


CBP: Securing America's Borders

Whether on the frontlines or serving behind the scenes supporting our mission, the men and women of CBP are dedicated to keeping America safe. CBP counts on them. Our Nation counts on them. Can we count on you?

CBP Mission Statement:

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 in the 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. 


CBP Officer’s play a vital role in preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States and enforcing customs, immigration, and agriculture laws and regulations at U.S. ports of entry.  A new video- Protecting America 24/7 - emphasizes the importance of CBP Field Operations' frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission.  Visit our website at to watch this video.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires that every employee be reliable, trustworthy and fit for duty.  To meet these standards, applicants will be required to undergo, and successfully pass, a thorough background investigation (which will most likely include a polygraph examination), a medical examination, two pre-employment fitness examinations, a drug test, and a structured interview in order to be placed in a CBP Officer position.  Approximately one in ten applicants who receive a tentative offer of selection will successfully complete the pre-employment process and enter on duty as a CBP Officer.


Vacancy Announcement CBPO 12-1 has been amended to extend the closing date to August 15, 2012.  Due to critical agency need applications are being accepted in the Southwest, Southeast, and Northwest regions of the United States.


For more information regarding the CBP Officer position, application process, qualifications, and pre-employment process (including the Background Investigation, Polygraph, Medical, Fitness and Drug tests) please visit:  


Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on twitter @CustomsBorder  


CBP has a critical need for CBP Officers along the southwest border of the United States.

Hiring is mainly anticipated in the southwest region.


Female CBP Officers are in high demand for the processing female travelers that are detained, interrogated and/or deported.  Therefore, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has granted CBP an exception to Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 332, Section 332.407 which authorizes the targeted recruitment of female officers in locations experiencing a critical need.  


IMPORTANT Information you should know:

1. This position requires that you successfully complete an extensive background investigation that includes a polygraph examination. 

2. Applicants who have previously applied to the CBP Officer inventory MUST reapply to this announcement for future consideration.

3. Only applicants who submit complete application packages and pass the written test will be referred for consideration.  Early consideration may be given to applicants as they successfully complete the application process.

4. If you have already been tentatively selected for a CBP Officer position and you reapply under this announcement and subsequently are referred and selected for a position under a different geographic region, your new referral and selection will REPLACE any existing CBP Officer selection for which you are currently in process.


  • Polygraph designated position
  • Background Security Investigation
  • Residency in the US for the last three years
  • No convictions for Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence
  • Written test, Medical Exam, Physical Fitness, Drug test required
  • US Citizenship Required


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operate 24 hours a day- 7 days a week.  The CBP Officer’s primary responsibilities are:

·                 Enforce customs, immigration, and agriculture laws and regulations;

·                 Detect and prevent terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the United States;

·                 Facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel;

·                 Conduct inspections of individuals and conveyances;

·                 Determine the admissibility of individuals for entry into the United States; and

·                 Prevent the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods and smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband.



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Applicants may qualify for the CBP Officer position based on education, experience, or a combination of both.  Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for each grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. The only exception is made for those who are currently enrolled in college. They may complete the education-based qualification requirements within nine (9) months of the closing date of the announcement


During the application process, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your education and/or experience for self certification of your eligibility for the grade 5 and/or grade 7 levels.  Based on your responses to the questions your grade eligibility will be determined.  You can only be considered and tentatively selected for the grade(s) for which you are determined eligible.


Experience Requirements for a GS-5 level: Applicants must have at least three (3) complete years of general experience that requires the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to learn and apply a body of facts. Examples of such duties include explaining administrative requirements and procedures to others and screening forms to ensure that they are completed properly in accordance with requirements. Positions involving lead and supervisory duties or operating a business should also have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The performance of predominately typing, filing, copying, messenger duties, or other purely mechanistic tasks, is not creditable as general experience, nor is experience in trades, crafts, or equipment operator work.

Experience Requirements for a GS-7 level: Applicants must have one (1) complete year of specialized experience that entailed 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. Inspections experience must have demonstrated the ability to apply specialized knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, State or Federal levels, which included dealing with persons suspected of entering the United States illegally. Compliance/regulatory work experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop, and evaluate facts, evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with or violations of laws, rules or regulations. Specialized experience is generally gained in the performance of the duties of the following kinds of positions in the private/public sectors: Inspector, Auditor, Analyst, Examiner, Administrator, and Investigator as well as some Technicians and Assistants.

Education: If applicants do not have the work experience described above, four (4) years of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university can be substituted and is fully qualifying for the GS-5 level. For the GS-7 level, one (1) full academic year of graduate education, or a master's or higher degree is qualifying, or meeting the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement (SAA).

Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable for qualification requirements unless it has been evaluated by a private foreign educational credential evaluation service (see for a list of organizations that provide this evaluation service).

Combining qualifying experience and education: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. Follow the directions below in order to convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages together to see if they total 100 percent. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.

Age Requirement: The CBP Officer has a maximum entry age.  Candidates must be referred for selection before reaching their 37th birthday in accordance with Public Law 110-161.  The age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran 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.  Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners' experience and military enlisted service do not meet this requirement. There are no other exceptions to Public Law 110-161 allowed.


Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.


Residency:  If you are not currently a 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:

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; or

3.    Been a dependent of a United States 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.  If selected for a position, applicants must provide this information when filing their application for employment.


Firearms: CBP Officers must qualify in the use of firearms after appointment, and will be required to carry firearms in the performance of their duties.


Language Ability:  CBP Officers interact with individuals from many countries.  At some duty locations, CBP Officers may be required to be proficient in reading, writing and speaking a language other than English at the start of employment.  For example, Spanish is required for duty locations along the Southwest Border, primarily in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Western and Southwestern Texas, as well as Miami, Florida and Puerto Rico.  During the application process you will be given the opportunity to select up to 3 languages (of 26 identified) in which you are proficient.  


Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: CBP Officers must attend approximately 17-19 weeks of paid training (class varies in length) at the CBP Academy located in Brunswick, GA. Your time at the Academy will be spent attending formalized classroom training and a rigorous participatory fitness training program. If you are not already involved in a physical fitness program, you may wish to begin exercising now to prepare yourself for the physical demands and requirements of the training.  Candidates selected for duty locations where they are required to be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish at the start of employment will be required to either pass a Spanish language profiency examination or attend a 6 week long Spanish immersion class at the academy, which you must pass.   Failure to successfully complete the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. For more information on training at FLETC, please visit the web site at:


Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The CBP Officer is a weapon-carrying position.  Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition.   If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position.  You will be required to certify whether you have ever been convicted of such an offense.  Providing false or fraudulent information is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).


Motor Vehicle Operation: CBP Officers must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment.


Selective Service Registration: Prior to appointment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


Written Test:  A written test will be administered to all individuals who successfully complete the application process. The test itself takes about five (5) hours and contains three (3) sections -- Reasoning Skills, Writing Skills, and the CBP Experience record. Applicants must obtain a combined rating of at least 70. Test scores are good for one year. Applicants who take and fail the written test will not be able to retake the examination for 1 year; in addition, a CBP Officer announcement must be open to apply.  We believe that proper test preparation is essential for the successful candidate and suggest that you take time to carefully read the study guide before you begin the application process.  You may download the guide from our website at  


Video-Based Test/Face-to-Face Interview: All candidates who pass the written test must take and pass both a video-based test (VBT) and a face-to-face structured interview (SI).

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