How to Get a Border Patrol Job in Florida
Florida has a 1,350-mile coastline facing the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south that keeps officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency quite busy. This coastline is the second longest in the United States and has historically been the entry point for the smuggling of illegal aliens from Cuba. Since 1925, Border Patrol Agents have apprehended illegal immigrants and prevented the entry of smuggled goods in the country. In 1961, when a series of hijacking events troubled the airline industry, President John F. Kennedy asked the Florida Border Patrol to accompany airline flights to prevent such takeovers. From August to October 1961, a total of 50 Border Patrol Agents flew on 92 flights a day. During this time period, no hijackings occurred.
There are currently 23 points of entry in Florida. These border stations, service ports, seaports, and airports are manned by Border Patrol Agents, CBP Officers, and Marine and Air Interdiction Agents who work together to ensure that border crimes are prevented and only legal trade and lawful entry of persons are allowed. These points of entry are in 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, Florida; Port Manatee; Sanford; Sarasota-(User Fee Airport); St. Augustine-(User Fee Airport); St. Petersburg; Area Port of Tampa-(Service Port); and West Palm Beach.
If you are interested in Florida Border Patrol jobs, you should see if you meet the requirements to become one. Applicants should be U.S. citizens under 40 years old (exceptions may be made for veterans) and must possess a valid driver’s license. You must be physically fit (physical fitness tests and medical evaluations will help determine this) in order to meet the physical demands of the job. Your background should also reveal no history of criminal behavior/arrests, excessive alcohol use, illegal drug use, derogatory credit history, financial problems, or job firings with cause. Since a Border Patrol Agent is a law enforcement officer and will be required to carry firearms while on the job, a misdemeanor conviction of a crime for domestic violence will also disqualify you from further consideration.
Florida Border Patrol job openings are posted in USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov), the official federal government portal for government jobs. The announcement gives an overview of the job, duties, qualifications, evaluations, benefits, and procedures on how to apply. If you pass the preliminary evaluation and the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Exam then your name becomes part of the Border Patrol Agent inventory. You will be considered for future openings in “category order" in accordance with veterans' preference regulations and when your category is reached, you will be referred for tentative selection. Once you are tentatively selected for a position, you will be emailed a tentative selection letter and your name will be removed from the inventory. Not all who pass the test, however, are guaranteed to be selected.
You will have to pass all the various screenings, oral interviews, drug tests, polygraph exam, and fitness tests to be given a tentative offer of employment. If you do pass all these requirements, you will need to undergo 58-day training at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM. You need to maintain a passing score in all subjects and pass the physical fitness test as well as the Spanish language course to become a full-fledged Border Patrol Agent in Florida.
If you have questions about working for the CBP or pursuing a career as a Florida Border Patrol Agent, perhaps talking to a recruiter will help. The Miami Sector recruiter can be reached at (561) 848-6161.