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Mississippi is one of the states where the Customs and Border Protection make its presence felt in many different ways. Because the Magnolia State is bordered by Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and the Gulf of Mexico, it requires the presence of Border Patrol Agents, CBP Officers, and Air and Marine Interdiction Agents. Because it is largely agricultural, Mississippi Border Patrol also hires Agricultural Specialists who ensure that pests and other agro and/or bio-threats do not cause harm to the economy and food supply of the state.
Mississippi has three ports of entry. These are located in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Vicksburg. The state’s main port on the Mississippi River is located in Vicksburg where the Customs and Border Protection also has stations at the Jackson International Airport. Mississippi’s Flagship City, known for shipbuilding and oil refineries, Pascagoula has a deepwater port that moves millions of cargo annually and is thus manned by CBP agents. The CBP also makes its presence felt in Gulfport, the third busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico which is popularly known for its annual World’s Largest Fishing Rodeo.
If you want to look for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mississippi Border Patrol jobs, you should start by determining if you meet the basic qualifications. In order to be eligible to apply, you should be a U.S. citizen; reside in the U.S. or its territories or protectorates for the past three years, and hold a valid Mississippi driver’s license. You should also be physically, emotionally, and mentally fit to meet the demands of the job. You will have to undergo a very rigorous hiring process that will test your abilities in these areas and these exams are meant to weed out the unfit applicants. Be certain that you can pass the background investigation. The CBP hiring authorities will check your employment and credit records and do a thorough criminal history check. If your past reveals a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence or felony convictions or involvement with illegal drugs, you will be disqualified from further consideration.
The next step is to look for job openings. The CBP lists all vacancies at USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov), the official portal for Federal government jobs. Check if there are Border Patrol Agent openings in any of the three duty locations in Mississippi. While searching for opportunities is free, you will need to create an account with USAJOBS in order to create your profile, save your resumes (the system allows up to 5), upload other documents like transcripts, and apply for Mississippi Border Patrol Agent opportunities. Read the job announcement before you apply because it will contain everything you need to know to successfully complete your application, especially the documents you need to include with your resume.
After you have submitted the documents, you will need to get a passing score on the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Examination. If you fail, you will have to wait for another year before you can retake it. Failure in this written test means your dreams of becoming a Border Patrol Agent is put on hold— for another year at least. Passing will secure you a slot in the Border Patrol Agent inventory and give you a chance to be tentatively selected.
If you get tentatively selected, you will have to undergo oral interview with a panel of Border Patrol Agents, medical examination, fitness test, drug test, background investigation, polygraph examination and physical fitness tests, which all need to be satisfactorily completed before a firm offer of employment can be made. Once you do get hired, you will be sent to the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM for 58 days of training. Passing all the courses in the academy is crucial for you to become a full-fledged Mississippi Border Patrol Agent.
For questions about working for the CBP, you can have your questions answered by talking to a CBP recruiter in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of which Mississippi is a part. They can be reached by calling 1-800-863-9382 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.