Border Patrol Agent (BPA) – Hiring in Calexico, CA or Tucson, AZ at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Security/Protective Services
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Lithia, FL 33547
This job is no longer available

Position Title: Border Patrol Agent

Every day is different. Every day matters. Apply now to be a Border Patrol Agent.  

Looking for opportunities to build your career and protect our country? You may be interested in serving on America’s frontline with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations. Established in 2003, CBP exists to safeguard our borders, protecting our country and enhancing our global economy by enabling legitimate trade and travel.

To protect the public from danger, we hire individuals with the strongest ethical and moral values. We want to hire people who are mission-focused and enjoy an ever-changing and fast paced environment.

CBP offers a demanding yet rewarding career with federal benefits: competitive pay, paid time off, paid training, tuition assistance, health and life insurance, and benefits only available to law enforcement positions such as 6(c) retirement coverage.


Position Description

The U.S. Border Patrol, a component of CBP, is specifically responsible for patrolling 6,000 miles of international land borders and 2,000 miles of coastal waters. Border Patrol Agents work around the clock on missions, in all types of terrain and weather conditions. One of your most important activities as a Border Patrol Agent is performing line watch duties. This involves the detection, prevention and apprehension of terrorists, undocumented aliens, and human smugglers. 

Border Patrol Agents accomplish this by:

  • Performing traffic checkpoint operations, city patrols, transportation checks and other law enforcement duties, as assigned
  • Maintaining surveillance from a covert position
  • Using cutting edge technology, such as infrared scopes during night-time operations
  • Interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence of illegal aliens and smugglers

All newly hired Border Patrol Agent trainees complete a basic training program at the Border Patrol Academy and receive full pay and benefits while in training.

Being a Border Patrol Agent opens many opportunities as your career advances, such as the Horse Patrol Program, Bike Patrol, K-9 Unit, Off-Road Vehicle units, Chaplaincy, and many more.


Basic Requirements


To be eligible for employment with the CBP, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Be referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (waiver for Veterans’ preference eligible)
  • Reside in the U.S. for 3 of the last 5 years (military exception)
  • Be eligible to carry a firearm
  • Pass the application process which includes a job-related medical, fitness and drug test, a background investigation and polygraph examination
  • Be willing to travel; frequent travel is required both domestic and foreign Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments


Common Disqualifiers

You may be rated unsuitable for the position if your background includes:

  • Use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs
  • Convictions (including misdemeanor domestic violence charges)
  • Intentional harboring or concealment of an illegal alien



Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:  An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.  An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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