How to Get Border Patrol Jobs in Vermont
The Swanton Sector in Vermont is responsible for securing not only the state of Vermont safe from terrorists, illegal aliens, and the entry of smuggled drugs and other items, CBP agents and officers assigned here also take care of the States of New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York (east). As of 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol employees here were able to seize more than 7,000 pounds marijuana and arrested more than 800 illegal entrants.
Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers in Vermont work in 7 ports of entry located in Beecher Falls, Burlington International Airport, Derby Line, Highgate Springs, Norton, Richford, and St. Albans (Service Port). Border Crossing Stations are also located in Swanton, Richford, Newport, and Beecher Falls. Because of the need to protect our borders, there are many job opportunities for agents who want to work in Vermont.
If you desire law enforcement work that is both exciting yet rewarding, then apply for Vermont Border Patrol jobs to patrol the borders in Vermont. As frontliners, agents in Vermont have to be willing to work in rotating shifts and in all kinds of weather conditions to carry out their duties. They also have to be physically and mentally fit to carry out the demands of the job.
To determine the applicants who would make successful Border Patrol Agents, the CBP screens them through a rigorous hiring process which can last anywhere from 6 to 9 months on the average. If you want to become a Vermont Border Patrol Agent, the first thing that you need to do is find out if you meet the necessary requirements. The basic qualifications are U.S. Citizenship; valid Vermont driver’s license; and being 40 years old at the time of appointment. You must also possess a bachelor’s degree if using education to qualify or at least one year work experience (full time, part-time, paid, or unpaid) that highlights your leadership abilities and your ability to remain calm and composed even in the toughest situations. Education and experience can also be used to qualify.
If you meet the basic qualifications, you can lodge your application online. The CBP posts job openings in the USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) website. Just type the keywords “border patrol agent” and you will be directed to a vacancy announcement if they are currently hiring. You need to register for an account with the USAJOBS system if you want to submit your applications online (registration is free). Be sure to read the job announcement carefully so that you know what documents to upload together with your application.
Passing the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Exam is a must if you want your name to be included in the Border Patrol Agent inventory. This is the first step towards getting that chance to be tentatively selected by the CBP to become a Vermont Border Patrol Agent. After this, you need to pass the first physical fitness test, polygraph test, drug test, and oral board interviews before you can be selected. A crucial part of the selection process is the background investigation where the hiring team will check your criminal, employment, and credit records. You will automatically be disqualified from the running if you had a felony conviction in the past or a misdemeanor conviction of a crime involving domestic violence. You may also be disqualified if you got fired from your job (with cause) or if you have a poor credit record.
Should you pass all these requirements, you will be given an offer of employment contingent on your passing all the courses and subjects at the Border Patrol Academy where all new recruits are sent. You will train in the facility for 58 days and have to pass the entire academic as well as the second physical testing requirements before you are sent to your duty location as a Border Patrol Agent in Vermont.
You can get in touch with a recruiter in the Swanton Sector to learn more about becoming a Border Patrol Agent at (518) 298-2217.