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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is Hiring CBP Officers for San Diego, Imperial Valley Ports of Entry

Release Date: 
May 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing U.S. ports of entry and protecting U.S. borders from all threats, is now accepting applications for CBP officer positions at the Calexico and San Ysidro ports of entry.  The additional staffing will result in enhanced security, reduced wait times and the facilitation of growing volumes of legitimate goods and travelers that are critical to the health of our Nation’s economy.

As a key asset component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s frontline defense, a CBP officer’s primary responsibility is to detect and prevent terrorists, their weapons and other threats from entering the U.S. while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. This requires enforcing more than 400 laws related to trade, contraband, agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of individuals.

CBP officers are federal law enforcement officers and are required to wear uniforms and carry firearms in the performance of their duties. They carry out a full range of inspections, passenger and cargo analysis, examination and law enforcement activities related to the arrival and departure of travelers, merchandise and conveyances such as cars, trucks, aircraft and ships at U.S. ports of entry.

For more information on the CBP officer position, and job announcements, visit the Careers section of the CBP website.  View a video on how CBP officers protect America 24/7.

The current vacancy can be found by searching “CBP officer” on the USA Jobs website, or through this link.

To apply for the CBP officer position, applicants must have an active USA Jobs account and complete an online application through that website.

CBP officer applicants undergo a rigorous screening process to ensure their eligibility and suitability for employment in a CBP law enforcement position. Applicants must be able to meet the physical demands of the job as well as meet the following key requirements.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Referred for selection prior to your 37th birthday (waiver for Veterans)
  • You must have resided in U.S. for the last 3 years
  • You must successfully pass a polygraph examination
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • You will be required to carry a firearm and have a valid driver's license
  • You will be required to work regular and recurring shift work and overtime
  • Have an entrance examination score dated after December 1, 2014
  • You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards

Nearly 30 percent of CBP employees are military veterans and the agency offers unique opportunities for veterans to continue serving their country in an environment that appreciates the hard-earned knowledge, skills and abilities gained through their service to the nation.

Due to mission critical needs, CBP is offering a Student Loan Repayment or Recruitment Incentive for new CBP officer selectees who choose duty assignments in Calexico, Calif.

The Student Loan Repayment pays $10,000 per year for three years for federally insured student loans. The Recruitment Incentive pays 25% of an employee's base pay (including locality) per year for three years.  A service agreement is required prior to entering on duty and these incentives apply to new federal employees only. Recruitment Incentives are dependent upon the availability of funds.

CBP is an equal opportunity employer. For the candidates selected, CBP offers intensive job training to fully prepare them for an exciting career in federal law enforcement, plus a competitive salary and benefits package.

For more information, please visit the careers page.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017