• **Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America’s Borders*** 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 with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation’s borders.
At CBP, we:
• Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws
• Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
• Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
• Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border For more information about CBP’s mission, activities, and careers see **www.cbp.gov**.
• *Who May Apply:**
• Current CBP employees, who are current GS-1896-12 BPAs with competitive status within the U.S. Border Patrol OR current GS-13 (or higher graded) SBPA/BPAs CBP employees with competitive status who are willing to take a voluntary change to lower grade. •
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• *THIS IS A VOLUNTARY REASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT GS-1896-12 BPAs WITH COMPETITIVE STATUS, OR GS-13 (OR HIGHER GRADED) BPAs WITH COMPETITIVE STATUS WHO ARE WILLING TO TAKE A VOLUNTARY CHANGE TO LOWER GRADE. NO RELOCATION REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.** USBP Agents who have been selected for reassignment under the Reassignment Opportunity Bulletin, Voluntary Relocation Program, compassionate Transfer program or Spousal Transfer Program will be ineligible for reassignment to a new duty location if their Enter on Duty date occurred within the past two calendar years, by the closing date of this announcement.
• *Organizational Location:** This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector Intelligence Unit, Blaine, WA. Learn more about this agency ###
Responsibilities This position will allow you to use your expertise to prevent illegal entry of aliens into the United States by land, water, or air; enforce criminal provisions of the Immigration and Nationality laws; seek out and apprehend smugglers or aliens who are in the United States illegally; and participate in Sector intelligence operations.
This position starts at a salary of $79,590 (GS-12, Step 1) to $103,441 (GS-12, Step 10) with promotion potential to $103, 441 (GS-12, Step 10). As a Border Patrol Agent (Intelligence) you will serve as a **primary** law enforcement officer (under 5 U.S.C. 8331 (6C) and 8412 (d) and be responsible for:
• Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating strategic and tactical intelligence reports within the Agency and to other law enforcement officials nationwide;
• Updating national databases with collected information on smugglers, informants, and counterfeit operations;
• Utilizing a variety of automated information systems for gathering intelligence information gathering and reporting on trends and patterns.
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• You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
• Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
• You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards
• You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
• You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
• *This is a non-bargaining unit status position. Basic Qualification Requirements**:
The basic qualification requirements include experience in law enforcement or other responsible work that demonstrates the ability to make arrests and exercise sound judgment in the use of firearms; to deal effectively with individuals or persons in a courteous, tactful manner; and to analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions.
• *AND** • *GS-12:** You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one year of specialized experience that includes reviewing, processing, and evaluating incoming intelligence information from a variety of sources; using creative methodologies to develop trends, patterns, profiles, estimates, studies, and tactical interdiction to solve unusual problems; collecting sensitive information regarding the criminal activities of aliens involved in alien smuggling, narcotics trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime; and developing intelligence collection plans. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must:
• Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
• Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 03/02/2018. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
• *Background Investigation:** U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.
• *Polygraph Examination:** The Border Patrol Agent (Intelligence) position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see
**Polygraph****Examination**. • *Polygraph Reciprocity:** CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.
• *Polygraph Waiver:** Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package
• *Probationary Period:** Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
• *Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles**: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the “Required Documents” section of this announcement Language Requirement: You must be proficient in the Spanish language (i.e. able to speak and read Spanish). • *Change to Lower Grade:**If you are a BPA GS-13 or higher accepting this position you will be required to sign a Change to Lower Grade form. • *Firearms Requirement:**You are required to carry a firearm on duty. Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (9)).
Candidates will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense.
• *Physical and Medical Requirements**:
Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. For more information, go to bp.gov/careers/frontline-careers/bpa/app-proc . • *Shift Work/Overtime:**This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations.
You could be required to work overtime on a daily basis and will be compensated up to an additional 25% of your base pay in accordance with the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014.
• *Motor Vehicle Operation:
**You must have a valid automobile driver’s license at the time of appointment. • *Uniform:**This posit