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US Customs and Border Protection is Hiring New Officers Now

Release Date: 
April 1, 2016

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency responsible for securing U.S. borders from all threats, is now accepting applications to fill officer positions at air, land and sea ports across the country.

CBP officers detect and prevent terrorists and their weapons, and other threats from entering the U.S., while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. CBP officers enforce more than 400 laws related to trade, contraband, agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of individuals.

“Working for Customs and Border Protection is an excellent and rewarding career,” said Rose Hilmey, CBP Director of Buffalo Field Operations. “A CBP career offers candidates the opportunity to serve their country and to work for a law enforcement organization that provides opportunities to work all over the world. I highly encourage anyone considering a career in law enforcement to apply to be a CBP officer.”

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

The current vacancy can be found by visiting CBP Careers, or by logging onto USA Jobs and searching for CBP Officer.

The following duty locations are currently offered in the announcement:

San Diego Field Office:

  • Calexico (Recruitment incentive)
  • San Ysidro

Tucson Field Office:

  • Nogales (Recruitment incentive)
  • Douglas (Recruitment incentive)
  • San Luis (Recruitment incentive)
  • Lukeville (Recruitment incentive)

Laredo Field Office:

  • Laredo
  • Eagle Pass

El Paso Field Office:

  • Presidio (Recruitment incentive)

Boston Field Office:

  • Jackman/Coburn Gore (Recruitment Incentive)
  • Calais
  • Highgate Springs –NEW

Seattle Field Office:

  • Pembina (Recruitment incentive)
  • Portal (Recruitment incentive)
  • Sweetgrass
  • Dunseith
  • Point Roberts – NEW

Due to mission critical needs, the agency is offering a Recruitment Incentive for the following locations: Douglas, Lukeville, Nogales and San Luis, Arizona; Calexico, Calif.; Coburn Gore and Jackman, Maine; Pembina and Portal, N.D.; and Presidio, Texas. The Recruitment Incentive pays 25% (except Pembina, which pays 10%) of an employee's base pay (including locality) per year for three (3) years. A service agreement is required prior to entering on duty. This incentive applies to new federal employees only and is dependent upon the availability of funds.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting a traveler inspection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is hiring officers.

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 inspection, 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.

An applicant for the CBP officer position must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the U.S for the past three years; must be referred for selection prior to their 37th birthday (or a preference eligible veteran, or have prior civilian federal law enforcement experience); and have a valid driver’s license. In addition, applicants must pass an entrance examination, medical examination, physical fitness assessments, video-based test and/or structured interview, drug test, background investigation and polygraph examination.

For selected candidates, CBP offers paid training to fully prepare them for an exciting career in federal law enforcement, the opportunity to serve our country, and a competitive salary and benefits package.

CBP offers a unique opportunity for veterans to continue serving their country in an environment that appreciates the hard-earned knowledge, skills and abilities veterans gain through serving on the front lines. Nearly 30-percent of CBP employees are military veterans.

CBP is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply so that the agency can create a workforce that reflects the diversity of America.

To apply for the CBP officer position, applicants must have an active USA Jobs account and complete an online application at www.usajobs.gov.  

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017