U.S. Border Patrol Jobs: Who May Apply?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency under the Department of Homeland Security, advertises all openings for U.S. Border Patrol Jobs in the USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) website.U.S. Border Patrol Jobs: Who May Apply?

This is the official online portal for federal government jobs where you can create your profile, upload your resumes, and send your applications online. It gives you an overview of these positions, what the duties are, the qualifications needed and evaluation process, information on pay and benefits, and how to apply. Thus, all applicants for border patrol jobs need to read the announcement in its entirety. By the way, searching for job opportunities with the CBP can be done even without registering for a USAJOBS account. However, if you want to apply for these U.S. border patrol jobs through the system, you need to have your own account with the system first.

Registering is free!

Border Patrol Agents, CBP Officers, Agriculture Specialists, Air and Marine Interdiction Agents, and Import Specialists are the frontline positions with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There are also other U.S. Border Patrol Jobs in mission and operation support. In both job categories, the employees work towards a common goal: keeping our homeland safe from terrorists and terrorist weapons and ensuring that illegal aliens, smuggled goods and narcotics are prevented from entering our country.

The CBP has three “Areas of Consideration” for every announcement they post on the USAJOBS website. These areas are: 1) Open to the public (All Sources); 2) Restricted to current or former Federal employees (Merit Promotion); and 3) Current CBP employees only. In the USAJOBS announcement, this is found in the Overview section under the “Who May Apply” line.

Anyone can send their application if the announcement says that the position is open to the public/any/all sources for as long as they meet the basic qualifications and requirements. Key requirements for U.S. border patrol jobs include U.S. Citizenship, possession of a state driver’s license, be less than 40 years old at the time of appointment, and have no convictions for the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. There are also educational and/or experience requirements that must be met in order to apply. Veterans’ Preference points are given to preference eligible veterans applying under an All Sources announcement.

If the announcement is a Merit Promotion opportunity, this means that all permanent Federal employees in a competitive position or excepted service position under an interchange agreement or someone eligible for reinstatement may lodge their applications. All preference eligible veterans or any veteran who is honorably separated after 3 years or more of continuous service can apply and will receive the same consideration as civil service employees currently holding a competitive position or status employees.

Some of these Merit Promotion announcements are internal—that is, they are only available to current CBP employees. If this is the case, only those who are already employed with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection meeting the eligibility requirements can submit their application and be considered for the position.

U.S. Border Patrol Jobs:  Where are the Duty Locations?

If you are eligible to apply for U.S. Border Patrol Jobs, then the next logical question for many who want to apply for these CBP positions is: Where can I expect to work? Actually, where you will be assigned in depends on the needs of the various Border Patrol sectors. The kind of job you hold with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also play a role in your duty location.

Border Patrol Agents and other CBP employees are usually assigned in one of the four geographic locations along the U.S. Southwest border with Mexico. These are the land borders in California, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas, among others. There are U.S. Border Patrol Jobs in the different Border Patrol sectors around the country. The following are the Border Patrol Sectors and the stations where CBP employees, mostly the frontliners like Border Patrol Agents, work in:

Border Patrol Sectors and their Respective Stations

Big Bend Sector (Texas)

Stations: Alpine Station (APT), Amarillo Sub-Station (AMT), Big Bend Sub-Station (BBP), Fort Stockton Station (FTS), Lubbock Station (LBK), Marfa Station (MRS), Midland Station (MID), Pecos Station (PEC), Presidio Station (PRS), Sanderson Station (SNN), Sierra Blanca Station (SBT), Van Horn Station (VHT)

Blaine Sector (Washington)

Stations: Bellingham Station, Blaine Station, Port Angeles Station, Sumas Station

Buffalo Sector (New York)

Stations: Buffalo Station, Erie Station, Niagara Falls Station, Oswego Station, Rochester Station, Wellesley Island Station

Del Rio Sector (Texas)

Stations: Abilene Station, Brackettville Station, Carrizo Springs Station, Comstock Station, Del Rio Station, Eagle Pass Station, Rocksprings Station, San Angelo Station, Uvalde Station

Detroit Sector (Selfridge ANGB, Michigan)

Stations: Detroit Station, Gibraltar Station, Marysville Station, Sault Sainte Marie Station, Sandusky Bay Station

El Centro Sector (California)

Stations: Calexico Station, El Centro Station, Indio Station, Riverside Station

El Paso Sector (Texas)

Stations: Alamogordo Station, Albuquerque Station, Clint Station, Deming Station, El Paso Station, Fort Hancock Station, Las Cruces Station, Lordsburg Station, Santa Teresa Station, Truth or Consequences Station, Ysleta Station

Grand Forks Sector (North Dakota)

Stations: Bottineau Station, Duluth Station, Grand Forks Station, Grand Marais Station, International Falls Station, Pembina Station, Portal Station, Warroad Station

Havre Sector (Montana)

Stations: Billings Sub-Station, Havre Station, Malta Station, Plentywood Station , Scobey Station, Shelby Station, St. Mary Station, Sweetgrass Station,Twin Falls Sub-Station

Houlton Sector (Maine)

Stations: Calais Station, Fort Fairfield Station, Houlton Station, Jackman Station, Rangeley Station, Van Buren Station

Laredo Sector (Texas)

Stations: Cotulla Station, Dallas Station, Freer Station, Hebbronville Station, Laredo North Station, Laredo South Station, Laredo West Station, San Antonio Station, Zapata Station

Miami Sector (Florida)

Stations: Jacksonville Station, Marathon Station, Orlando Station, Dania Beach Station, Tampa Station, West Palm Beach Station

New Orleans Sector (Louisiana)

Stations: Baton Rouge Station, Gulfport Station, Lake Charles Station, Little Rock Station, Mobile Station, New Orleans Station

Ramey Sector (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico)

Station: Ramey Station, the only Border Patrol Station outside of the continental United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector (Texas)

Stations: Brownsville Station, Corpus Christi Station, Falfurrias Station, Fort Brown Station, Harlingen Station, Kingsville Station, McAllen Station, Rio Grande City Station, Weslaco Station

San Diego Sector (California)

Stations: Boulevard Station, Brown Field Station, Campo Station, Chula Vista Station, El Cajon Station, Imperial Beach Station, Murrieta Station, San Clemente Station

Spokane Sector (Washington)

Stations: Bonners Ferry Station, Colville Station, Curlew Station, Eureka Station, Metaline Falls Station, Oroville Station, Whitefish Station, Sub-Stations (Pasco and Wenatchee)

Swanton Sector (Vermont)

Stations: Beecher Falls Station, Burke Station, Champlain Station, Massena Station, Newport Station, Ogdensburg Station, Richford Station, Swanton Station

Tucson Sector (Arizona)

Stations: Ajo Station, Casa Grande Station, Douglas Station, Naco Station, Nogales Station, Sonoita Station, Tucson Station, Willcox Station

Yuma Sector (Arizona)

Stations: Blythe Station, Wellton Station, Yuma Station

Ports of Entry

CBP Officers, meanwhile, man the 329 ports of entry in the United States that are responsible for daily port-specific operations. They are responsible for enforcing the import and export laws and regulations of the U.S. federal government and conducting immigration policy and programs. Agriculture Specialists also work in these ports of entry to inspect agricultural cargo for the presence of pests or diseases that could otherwise damage America’s crops, livestock, pets, and the environment. Some Agriculture Specialists who are also canine handlers inspect cargo for the presence of bioweapons and potential threats of agro-terrorism.

The following are the various ports of entry in the different states in the country and its territories and protectorates:

Alabama

Ports of Entry: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile (Including Theodore)-(Service Port)

Alaska

Ports of Entry: Alcan, Anchorage-(Service Port), Dalton Cache, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Nome, Skagway, Sitka, Valdez, Wrangell

Arizona

Ports of Entry: Douglas, Lukeville, Naco, Nogales-(Service Port), Phoenix-(Service Port), San Luis, Sasabe, Scottsdale Airport-(User Fee Airport), Tucson, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport-(User Fee Airport)

Arkansas

Ports of Entry: Little Rock-North Little Rock, Rogers Airport-(User Fee Airport)

California

Ports of Entry: Andrade – Class A, Calexico East – Class A-(Service Port), Calexico West – Class A, Eureka, Fresno (2803/2882), Port Hueneme, Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport-(Service Port), Los Angeles International Airport-Cargo Operations-(Service Port), Monterey, Ontario Airport, Otay Mesa-(Service Port), Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose International Airport, San Francisco-(Service Port), San Francisco International Airport, San Ysidro – Class A, Tecate – Class A-(Service Port), Victorville – S. California Logistics Airport

Colorado

Ports of Entry: Centennial Airport-(User Fee Airport), Denver-(Service Port), Eagle County Regional Airport-(User Fee Airport), Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport-(User Fee Airport)

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

Ports of Entry: Rota, Saipan, Tinian

Connecticut

Ports of Entry: Bridgeport, Hartford-(Service Port), New Haven, New London

Delaware

Port of Entry: Wilmington

District of Columbia

Port of Entry: Port of Washington-Dulles

Florida

Ports of Entry: Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach-(User Fee Airport), Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale, Fernandina Beach, Fort Myers, Area Port of Jacksonville-(Service Port), Key West, Leesburg-(User Fee Airport), Melbourne-(User Fee Airport), Miami Seaport, Miami International Airport-(Service Port), Orlando Executive Airport-(User Fee Airport), Naples-(User Fee Airport), Orlando International Airport-(Service Port), Panama City, Pensacola, Port Manatee, Sanford, Sarasota-(User Fee Airport), St. Augustine-(User Fee Airport), St. Petersburg, Area Port of Tampa-(Service Port),   West Palm Beach

Georgia

Ports of Entry: Atlanta-(Service Port), Brunswick, Savannah-(Service Port)

Guam

Ports of Entry: Hagatna

Hawaii

Ports of Entry: Hilo, Honolulu-(Service Port), Honolulu International Airport, Kahului, Kona, Nawiliwili-Port Allen

Idaho

Ports of Entry: Boise, Eastport, Porthill

Illinois

Ports of Entry: Chicago-(Service Port), Davenport, IA-Moline and Rock Island, Decatur-(User Fee Airport), Mascoutah/ MidAmerica St. Louis-(User Fee Airport), Peoria, Rockford, Waukegan-(User Fee Airport), West Chicago-(User Fee Airport), Wheeling-(User Fee Airport)

Indiana

Ports of Entry: Fort Wayne-(User Fee Airport),  Indianapolis, Owensboro, KY-Evansville, IN

Iowa

Port of Entry: Des Moines

Kansas

Port of Entry: Wichita

Kentucky

Ports of Entry: Lexington-(User Fee Airport), Louisville

Louisiana

Ports of Entry: Baton Rouge, Gramercy, Lake Charles, Morgan City, New Orleans-(Service Port), Shreveport-Bossier City

Maine

Ports of Entry: 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, Vanceboro

Maryland

Port of Entry: Baltimore-(Service Port)

Massachusetts

Ports of Entry: Boston-(Service Port), Fall River (New Bedford), Gloucester, Lawrence (Gloucester), Logan Airport, New Bedford, Plymouth (New Bedford), Salem (Gloucester), Springfield, Worcester

Michigan

Ports of Entry: Battle Creek, Saginaw/Bay City/Flint, Detroit-(Service Port), Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Grand Rapids,Capital Region International Airport Lansing-(User Fee Airport), Port Huron, Sault Sainte Marie

Minnesota

Ports of Entry: Baudette, Duluth, MN and Superior, WI, Grand Portage, International Falls, Lancaster, Minneapolis-(Service Port), Pinecreek, Rochester-(User Fee Airport),  Roseau, Warroad

Mississippi

Ports of Entry: Gulfport, Pascagoula, Vicksburg

Missouri

Ports of Entry: Kansas City, Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Springfield, St. Louis-(Service Port)

Montana

Ports of Entry: Bozeman Yellowstone User Fee Airport, Butte Airport, Del Bonita, Area Port Great Falls, MT-(Service Port), Kalispell Airport, Morgan, Opheim, Piegan, Raymond, Roosville, Scobey, Sweetgrass, Turner, Whitlash, Wild Horse, Willow Creek

Nebraska

Port of Entry: Omaha

Nevada

Ports of Entry: Las Vegas, Reno

New Hampshire

Ports of Entry: Manchester (User Fee Airport), Portsmouth

New Jersey

Ports of Entry: Morristown Airport, New York/Newark-(Service Port), Perth Amboy

New Mexico

Ports of Entry: Albuquerque-(User Fee Airport), Columbus, Santa Teresa

New York

Ports of Entry: Albany, Alexandria Bay, Binghamton-(User Fee Airport), Buffalo-(Service Port), Champlain-(Service Port), John F. Kennedy International Airport-(Service Port), Massena, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Syracuse, Trout River

North Carolina

Ports of Entry: Charlotte-(Service Port), Raleigh-Durham, Morehead City – Beaufort, Wilmington, Winston-Salem

North Dakota

Ports of Entry: Ambrose, Antler, Carbury, Dunseith, Fortuna, Grand Forks – Mark Andrews International Airport, Hannah, Hansboro, Fargo – Hector International Airport, Maida, Minot – Minot International Airport, Neche, Noonan, Northgate, Pembina – (Area Port)-(Service Port), Portal, Sarles, Sherwood, Saint John, Walhalla, Westhope, Williston – Sloulin Field Int’l. Airport

Ohio

Ports of Entry: Ashtabula/Conneaut, Cincinnati, OH-Lawrenceburg, IN, Cleveland-(Service Port), Columbus, Dayton, Toledo-Sandusky

Oklahoma

Ports of Entry: Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Oregon

Ports of Entry: Astoria, Coos Bay, Hillsboro-(User Fee Airport), Newport, Portland-(Service Port)

Pennsylvania

Ports of Entry:   Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia-(Service Port), Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

Ports of Entry: Aguadilla, Fajardo, Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Mayaguez, Ponce, San Juan (Area Port)-(Service Port)

Rhode Island

Ports of Entry: Newport, Providence-(Service Port)

South Carolina

Ports of Entry: Charleston-(Service Port), Columbia, Georgetown-(Service Port), Greenville-Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach International Airport-(User Fee Airport)

South Dakota

Port of Entry: Sioux Falls Regional Airport-Joe Foss Field

Tennessee

Ports of Entry: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis-(Service Port), Nashville, Tri-Cities

Texas

Ports of Entry: Addison Airport-(User Fee Airport), Alliance Airport-(User Fee Airport), Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville/Los Indios, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth-(Service Port), Del Rio/Amistad Dam, Eagle Pass, El Paso-(Service Port), Fabens, Freeport, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, Houston Airport-(Service Port), Houston Sea Port, Laredo-(Service Port), Lubbock, Midland-(User Fee Airport), McKinney-(User Fee Airport), Port Arthur-Beaumont, Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, Presidio, Progreso/Donna, Rio Grande City/Los Ebanos, Roma/Falcon Dam, Sabine, San Antonio, Sugarland-(User Fee Airport), Valley International Airport-(User Fee Airport)

Utah

Port of Entry: Salt Lake City

Vermont

Ports of Entry: Beecher Falls, Burlington International Airport, Derby Line, Highgate Springs, Norton, Richford, St. Albans-(Service Port)

Virgin Islands

Ports of Entry: Charlotte Amalie (Area Port of St. Thomas)-(Service Port), Cruz Bay (St. John), Saint Croix

Virginia

Ports of Entry: Front Royal, New River Valley Airport, Norfolk-(Service Port), Richmond – Petersburg

Washington

Ports of Entry: Blaine-(Service Port), Longview, Oroville, Seattle-(Service Port), Sumas, Tacoma, Washington

West Virginia

Port of Entry: Charleston

Wisconsin

Ports of Entry: Green Bay, Milwaukee-(Service Port), Racine

Wyoming

Port of Entry: Natrona County Airport

U.S. Border Patrol Jobs: The Importance of the Spanish Language

If you want to work for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, knowing how to speak, read, and write in Spanish is a must. This is not a requirement at the time of application, of course, but you will be taught it at the Border Patrol Academy and must pass the Spanish language test before you can be sent to your first duty station.

You may ask: Why is there such a prime importance on Spanish? Well, the majority of the illegal immigrants who try to come to the United States speak nothing but Spanish. Learning this language will allow you to interact with them and explain to them what is going to happen afterwards. Moreover, many U.S. Border Patrol Jobs require CBP workers to actually speak the language because some of them will be assigned in places along the border that are more Mexican than American. Speaking in Spanish is the only way to be able to interact with the locals. Knowing how to speak the language will also allow you to gather essential information for various border-related crimes such as human smuggling and drug trafficking.

Border Patrol Agents also work together with other law enforcement agencies and Mexican authorities to share information and intelligence to prevent crimes in communities along the border from escalating. Speaking Spanish helps facilitate better understanding on the steps that have to be taken to solve the problems.

If you do not currently speak Spanish, don’t despair! Your potential to learn the language will be tested through an Artificial Language Test in the Border Patrol Entrance Examination. Once you do get selected as a new recruit for the Border Patrol, be sure to take your 8-week Spanish Language lessons seriously. You will only be sent to your duty station once you have passed all the requirements—Spanish language testing included—of the Border Patrol Academy.