North Dakota Border Patrol Jobs

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usa-mapHow to Get Border Patrol Jobs in North Dakota

Along the Midwestern region of the United States is the State of North Dakota. Bordered by Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the South, and Montana to the west, North Dakota also shares an international border with Canada by the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan to the north. Border Patrol Agents, CBP Officers, Transportation Security Officers, and Mission Support Specialists guard the international border and points of entry in North Dakota from illegal aliens, smuggled goods, and terrorists.

There are 22 ports of entry in North Dakota, marked by four international airports which are located in Grand Forks- Mark Andrews International Airport; Fargo – Hector International Airport; Minot – Minot International Airport; and Williston – Sloulin Field Int’l. Airport. An area port/service port is located in Pembina. The other ports of entry are in Ambrose; Antler; Carbury; Dunseith; Fortuna; Hannah; Hansboro; Maida; Neche; Noonan; Northgate; Portal; Sarles; Sherwood; Saint John; Walhalla; and Westhope. In the Grand Forks Sector of which North Dakota is a part, there are 8 stations: Bottineau Station; Duluth Station; Grand Forks Station; Grand Marais Station; International Falls Station; Pembina Station; Portal Station; and Warroad Station.

To apply for North Dakota Border Patrol jobs as a Border Patrol Agent, you need to meet the key requirements. These are:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Have resided in the U.S. or its protectorates or territories for the past three years before application
  • Be under 40 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Meet the education and/or experience requirements. At the entry-level, you must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university if using education to qualify. If using experience, the applicant must hold a position for one year that highlights his or her ability to stay composed and make rational decisions even in the face of danger. A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify.
  • Have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions for the crime of domestic violence. Having either one is an automatic disqualifier.

After submitting your application package, the first step in the application process is to take and pass the Border Patrol Agent Entrance Examination. You need to get a passing score on this or else your name will not be included in the Border Patrol Agent inventory and you will be disqualified from taking the exam for at least a year. The three components of the entrance exam are general abilities, logical reasoning, and Spanish language ability testing/Artificial language test. Reviewers for this are found in the CBP website (www.cbp.gov).

If you pass, you will be considered for future openings in “category order” in accordance with veterans’ preference regulations.  As referrals are made and your category is reached, you will be referred for tentative selection.  If you are tentatively selected for a position, you will be emailed a tentative selection letter and your name will be removed from the inventory. Note however, that there are no guarantees that you will be tentatively selected even if your name is on the inventory which will remain active for 12 months.

Being tentatively selected is just the beginning. You will undergo physical fitness tests, drug tests, medical assessment, polygraph test, and oral board interview during the selection process which can take an average of six months or longer. After you have passed all these, you will be given an offer of employment subject to your passing all the requirements at the Border Patrol Academy where all new recruits are sent to train for 58 days. Only after you have successfully passed academy training will you be allowed to go on duty as a Border Patrol Agent in North Dakota.

Still unsure about a CBP career? You can have your questions answered by a CBP recruiter at the Grand Forks Sector. You can contact them through phone at 1-866-430-8120 or email at: grandforksborderpatrol@dhs.gov. The recruiter can also help you with the application process.