As an exception to the hiring freeze, the Department of Homeland Security customs and border protection is hiring 15,000 new employees to help secure America’s borders. Some 5,000 of these will be Border Patrol Agents for the CBP.
Border Patrol Agents
College students have expressed interest in these jobs and there have been job fairs for these positions. The vacancy announcement for a Border Patrol position is open until April 7, 2017. The salary range is $40,511 to $53,319 per year. BPA positions start at a GL-5 grade level and there is promotion potential in four years to a GS-12 grade level with a salary of $72,168.
These jobs are in Arizona, South and West Texas, and New Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection Officers
The vacancy announcement for CBP Officers closes March 31, 2017. If you are hired and select one of the following locations, you may be eligible to receive an additional 25 percent of your salary each year for the first three years of your employment on top of overtime pay. This incentive only applies to new employees and is dependent upon the availability of funds.
- Douglas, Lukeville, Nogales, and San Luis, AZ
- Calexico and San Ysidro, CA
- Coburn Gore and Jackman, ME
- Raymond, MT
- Pembina (10 percent only) and Portal, ND
- Laredo and Presidio, TX
CBP Officers start at a salary of $32,844 (GS-5 level) with a promotion potential in four years to a GS-12 grade level and a salary of $72,168. The benefits are the same as other federal employees.
Current federal employees may apply as well. However, a new probationary period is required and an existing federal employee may have his or her salary reduced to a GS-5/step 10 level.