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Maine is one of the more challenging areas to become a Border Patrol Agent in. Its diverse terrain, mountains, lakes, rivers, and swamps serve to cover illegal aliens and terrorists who wish to gain access to the United States illegally. Maine Border Patrol Agents must get to know the geography of the state very well to be able to detect the unlawful entry of illegals in the state.
Currently, there are 18 ports of entry in Maine which shares a border with Canada. These are in Bangor, Bar Harbor, Bath, Belfast, Bridgewater, Calais, Eastport, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Houlton, Jackman, Jonesport (Calais), Limestone, Madawaska, Portland-(Service Port), Rockland (Belfast), Van Buren, and Vanceboro. The Van Buren Station, in particular, shares 162.6 miles of international border with New Brunswick and Quebec. Of the total miles, 52 miles encompass land borders and 110 are water boundaries. These include the St. Francis River, St. John River, Glazier Lake, and Beau Lake. The Calais Station is unique because of its swamps and hills and the 196.6 miles of coastline as well as the 68.2 miles of international border it shares with Canada. The station at Rangeley guards the remote mountainous land border that the U.S. shares with its North American neighbor, Canada.
To successfully apply for Maine Border Patrol jobs, you need to be a U.S. citizen and fulfill the residency requirements of living in the U.S. for the past three years before applying. Those who live in U.S. protectorates and territories have also fulfilled the residency requirement. You should also hold a Maine driver’s license and be under 40 years old when you apply. If you are applying as a new recruit (the entry-level), you need to have one year experience in a position—whether paid or unpaid—that showcases your leadership skills as well as your ability to stay cool and composed and make rational decisions even in the face of danger. If you don’t have this experience, you will only qualify to become a Border Patrol Agent in Maine if you hold a bachelor’s degree. A course in criminal justice or something related to law enforcement will be an ideal preparation if you want to work as an agent for the Customs and Border Protection in Maine.
The application process is meant to test if you have the physical, mental, and emotional attributes to become an effective and efficient Border Patrol Agent. Thus, you will undergo written tests (a Pre-Test and the Border Patrol Entrance Examination) as well as physical fitness tests composed of pushups, sit-ups, and a 5-minute step test. You will also need to pass a drug test as well as a medical exam if you want to work with Maine Border Patrol. This is also a polygraph-designated position so passing the polygraph test is also a requirement. All prospective Border Patrol Agents will undergo a thorough background investigation. Your criminal history, employment history, and credit records will be checked. A felony conviction or a misdemeanor conviction of a crime of domestic violence will automatically disqualify you from this position since these will bar you from carrying a weapon. Border Patrol Agents are law enforcers and as such are required to carry firearms. You also need to pass an oral board interview before you can be hired.
In the event that you are given a conditional offer of employment, you need to pass all the courses and physical fitness tests in your 58-day training at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM. Only when you successfully complete the requirements at the Academy can you call yourself a Border Patrol Agent in Maine.
All the job vacancies for Maine Border Patrol Agents are posted in USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov), the official government portal for Federal government jobs. USAJOBS allows you to save your resume and apply for job openings posted, including that of Maine Border Patrol Agents.
Still unsure about becoming a Border Patrol Agent? You can talk to a CBP recruiter in the Houlton Sector, where Maine is a part, so that your concerns and questions get answered. The phone number is 1-800-231-5434.