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AMO Pathways With UND

Air and Marine Operations Pathways Program

In Partnership with University of North Dakota

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Pathways Program provides Federal Government career experience for students attending the University of North Dakota (UND); infuses the workplace with enthusiasm, talent, and fresh perspectives from individuals representing a diverse background and; establishes an alternate recruitment source to fill vacant positions. AMO is currently seeking highly qualified individuals who share our values of vigilance, service, and integrity.

AMO Mission

The mission of AMO is to serve and protect the American people. We conduct our mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior.

With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation's experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.


Aviation Enforcement (Trainee)

Program Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Current UND Sophomore or Junior
  • Successfully complete a background investigation

Selection Criteria

  • GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Essay Question: Why I should be selected into the AMO Pathways Program?
  • Interviews: Conducted at NASOC-Grand Forks, ND
  • Letter of Recommendation: UND Faculty

Government Benefits

Annual leave Sick leave
10 paid Federal holidays Medical insurance
Dental/Vision insurance Live insurance
Fitness centers Health and wellness programs
Retirement benefits Thrift Savings Plan
Transportation subsidies Training and development
Employee recognition programs


How to Apply -

  • Establish an account, upload your resume, and supporting documents
  • Save and manage your resume, and supporting documentation
  • Apply for selected announcements
  • Track the status of your application and receive alerts


AMO Pathways Career Progression

UND Sophomores and Juniors

Aviation Enforcement (Trainee) GS-1899-3/4 (FPL 5)


  • Annual Salary: GS-3: $26,150 | GS-4: $29,356 | GS-5: $32,844
  • Hourly Salary: GS-3: $12.53 | GS-4: $14.07 | GS-5: $15.74

Duty Location(s)

  • During School: NASOC-Grand Forks, ND ***
  • School Breaks: NASOC-Grand Forks, ND *** or any AMO air location

Work Schedule

  • Flexible (full-time or part-time)
  • Students must complete 640 work hours to be eligible for conversion to a law enforcement position


  • Assist in developing operational plans for interdiction missions
  • Interface with state and local law enforcement officials
  • Perform security liaison duties


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Highly qualified individuals who share our values of vigilance, integrity, and professionalism

After Graduation Enter FLETC

Post Academy

Aviation Enforcement Agent (AEA)GS-1801-5/7 (FPL 12) Law Enforcement Officer

Salary **

  • Annual Salary: GS-7: $46,110 - $50,370 | GS-9: $51,424 - $66,356
  • Hourly Salary: GS-7: $22.09 - $27.94 | GS-9: $26.64 - $31.79

Duty Location(s)

  • NASOC-Grand Forks, ND *** | McAllen, TX (fixed and rotary-wing)
  • NASOC-Sierra Vista, AZ *** | Laredo, TX (fixed and rotary-wing)

Work Schedule

  • Flexible (full-time or part-time)


  • Collect and process evidence
  • Interview suspects and witnesses
  • Prepare briefing reports detailing judgements, apprehension, or seizure activities


  • Successfully pass a polygraph exam and drug screening
  • FAA Class II Medical Certificate
  • Successfully complete the Air and Marine Basic Training Program (15 weeks)
  • Successfully complete the Basic Spanish Training Program (4 weeks)
  • Position requires employees to carry a firearm

Accrual of 1,000 Flight Hours

Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) GS-1881-11 (FPL 13)

Salary *

  • Annual Salary: GS-11: $60,210 - $78,270 | GS-12: $72,168 - $89,384 GS-13: $85,816 - $111,560
  • Hourly Salary: GS-11: $28.85 - $37.50 | GS-12: $34.58 - $44.95 GS-13: $41.12 - $53.45

Duty Location(s)

  • Aguadilla, PR ** | NASOC-Grand Forks, ND ***
  • Alpine, TX | Laredo, TX | McAllen, TX
  • NASOC-Corpus Christi, TX ***
  • NASOC-Sierra Vista, AZ ***

Work Schedule

  • Full-time


  • Operating manned and unmanned aircraft performing law enforcement missions
  • Conducting air to air, air to water, and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders
  • Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
  • Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens


  • Possess an FAA Commercial or ATP - Airplane or Helicopter rated w/instruments or both
  • Possess a current FAA Class I or Class II medical certificate 1,500 flight hours 100 within last 12 months
  • AMO Pathways Program candidates may receive a 25% flight hour waiver and up to a 20% waiver based on flight instructor experience
  • Total flight time: 1,000 (can include: MQ-1; MQ 9; and RQ-4 )
    - Total flight time cannot include sUAS or Quad Copter experience

*Newly appointed AIA's assigned to Aguadilla may receive a 25% relocation incentive and relocation reimbursement.

** Salary includes 25% LEAP, part-time employees are not eligible for LEAP.

*** These locations operate manned and unmanned aircraft.

Last modified: 
October 16, 2017