How to Get Border Patrol Jobs in Washington
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security is tasked with the very crucial responsibility of guarding the nation’s borders against terrorists and their weapons. Traditionally, Border Patrol Agents see to it that the international borders we share with Canada and Mexico are secured from the entry of illegal aliens and smuggled items, especially cocaine and marijuana.
There are two Border Patrol Sectors in the State of Washington. These are located in Blaine and Spokane. In 2011, the Blaine Sector has made 591 apprehensions and seized 41 pounds of marijuana and 93 pounds of cocaine. The Spokane Sector, meanwhile, has apprehended 293 illegal entrants and seized 286.45 pounds of marijuana and 71.64 pounds of cocaine. The challenge for Border Patrol Agents in Washington also lies in the terrain of the state. Coastline and mountains are part of the regular routes that CBP agents patrol in every day.
There are six ports of entry in Washington. These are found in Blaine (Service Port), Longview, Port of Entry – Oroville, WA (Service Port), Seattle (Service Port), Sumas, and Tacoma, Washington. In the Blaine Sector, the Border Crossing Stations are found in Sumas, Blaine, Bellingham, and Port Angeles. In the Spokane Sector, the Border Crossing Stations are found in Oroville, Metaline Falls, Colville, and Curlew.
If you want to apply for Washington Border Patrol jobs in Washington State, you need to check if you meet the qualification requirements. You need to be a U.S. Citizen; hold a valid Washington driver’s license; and be under 40 years old at the time of appointment. You also have to possess the education and experience requirements to qualify. If using education to qualify at the entry-level, you need to hold a bachelor’s degree; if using experience, you need to have one year of work experience that showcases your ability to make rational decisions even in the face of danger. You can combine education and experience to meet the requirements as well. By the way, announcements of vacancies for Border Patrol Agents are listed in the USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) website, the official online portal for federal government jobs. Be sure to read the application process thoroughly so that you don’t miss anything. You also need to register with USAJOBS to be able to build your profile, save your resume, and submit your application online.
Passing the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Exam is an absolute must if you want to have a shot at being tentatively selected to become an agent. This is a written exam that tests your logical reasoning and Spanish language skills. If you do not yet speak the language, you will be given an artificial language test that assesses your ability to learn Spanish.
You also need to pass the physical fitness test, medical evaluation, drug test, and oral board interview, and background investigation before you can officially call yourself a Washington Border Patrol Agent. Since all Border Patrol Agents are law enforcers, they will be required to carry firearms. Thus, if you have a previous felony conviction or misdemeanor conviction of a crime involving domestic violence, you will be ineligible to carry a firearm and as a result will be disqualified from being a Border Patrol Agent. Potential disqualifiers that will be determined on a case by case basis include firings from previous employment and derogatory credit history.
If you pass all the requirements, you will be given an offer of employment and together with all new recruits, you will be sent to the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM for a 58-day training. You still need to pass all the courses and other academic and physical fitness requirements in the academy before you can be sent to your Washington duty location as a Border Patrol Agent.
Still have questions about pursuing a career with the CBP? Then talk to a CBP recruiter who can guide you through the process and give clarification. For the Spokane Sector, the CBP recruiter can be reached by phone at (509) 353-2672 or through email at ProtectUS@dhs.gov.