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Several Positions Available, Including:
Border Patrol Agent
Marine Interdiction Agent
Air Interdiction Agent
CBP Agriculture Specialist
Intelligence Research Specialist
CBP Contract Specialist
Field Canine Coordinator
Minimum Requirements To Qualify For Border Patrol Jobs:
Must be at least 18 years of age but less than 40 years old.
Must be a US Citizen and Resident of the U.S.
Must have a High School Diploma or GED
Border Patrol Employment Evaluations
In addition to the requirements and qualifications, applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- Complete a Pre-Employment Fitness Test
- Complete a Medical Screening Test
- Pass an Entrance Exam
- Complete an Oral Hiring Board interview
- Be proficient with Firearms
- Serve a 1 year probationary period
- Complete Basic Training
- Have a valid Driver’s License
- Be willing to work rotating shifts
Border Patrol Agents are also required to wear an official BPT uniform while on duty.
The Pre-Employment Fitness Test is a test of your physical stamina and endurance. Due to the often extreme environmental conditions, Border Patrol Agents need to be capable of jumping, climbing, standing and running long distances in extreme weather for extended periods of time.
In addition to the Pre-Employment Fitness Test, applicants must be willing to receive and pass a medical screening. CBP will schedule, provide, and pay for the basic examination.
The U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Examination is a test that examines your overall abilities, logical reasoning, and language ability. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to speak and read Spanish by taking a Spanish proficiency test. If you are not able to speak Spanish, you may choose to take our Artificial Language Test (ALT). The ALT helps us predict your ability to learn a foreign language.
Firearm proficiency is an important requirement for Border Patrol Agents and will be included in your training.
All applicants are required to take and pass an Oral Hiring Board (OHB) interview. During the OHB, you will appear before a panel of 3 Border Patrol Agents. This interview will determine what skills you have, including decision making skills, interpersonal skills, as well as other skills.
Basic Training is a mandatory training period lasting approximately 11 weeks. Once hired on duty, trainees are required to report to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico for an intensive education in law enforcement and Border Patrol specific operations, immigration and nationality laws, drivers training, firearms, physical techniques, as well as other courses. Trainees are also tested on their language abilities. Trainees scoring below the established benchmark will be required to participate in an additional 8-week Spanish class at the Border Patrol Academy. Upon completion of the Academy training, all trainees begin the Field Training Program (FTP) and Post Academy Training Program (PATP). The FTP consists of on-the-job training and hands-on training with an seasoned agent. The PATP combines web-based training with instructor-led training. Trainees will be required to successfully complete seven unit exams and 10 web-based scenario exams.
Border Patrol positions require regular and recurring shifts. Applicants must be willing and available to work rotating shifts as well as various assignments and locations.