The US Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security has announced a new hiring window that is open now. These are full-time positions in job announcement BPA 11-2.
The Border Patrol Agents latest hiring window is posted as Friday July 29, 2011 to October 27, 2011. The key requirements listed to make application and take the CBP exam are as follows:
- Pass polygraph test
- US Citizenship
- Residency in the US for past 3 years
- Background Security Investigation
- NO Convictions for Misdemeanor Crime or Domestic Violence
- Must have valid state drivers license at time of appointment
The border sectors with the most job opportunities are primarily in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California. Your primary responsibilities as an agent will include:
- Detect, prevent, and apprehend non-documented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the borders by conducting surveillance from a covert position, following up on leads, responding to electronic sensor alarms and infrared scopes during night-time operations, low light level television systems, aircraft sightings and flying objects, and interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence.
- You can be called on to conduct farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, traffic observation, city patrols, transportation checks, administrative, intelligence, and anti-smuggling programs.
You can make application to the US Border Patrol via the online application. The link is titled “Border Patrol Agent Online Application” and will require you to input your social security number to start. Providing your ss # is voluntary, however, they cannot process your application without it and it can delay the processing of your application and scheduling for the written test. If you are beyond the age of 40, you can’t proceed with the online application unless you qualify for veterans status.