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Border Patrol Agent (BPA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) • Boston, MA

Posted 2 months ago

Job Snapshot

Law Enforcement
Government - Federal

Job Description

While the location in this announcement is "Location Negotiable," the following geographic corridors are most likely to have Border Patrol Agent vacancies at the time of your final offer: West Texas-New Mexico Corridor, South Texas Corridor and Arizona Corridor.

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 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


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.
This is not the application for the position. Clicking apply, will direct you to CBP’s site to sign up for our network for careers with CBP. If you do not wish to receive communications about careers with CBP and prefer to proceed directly to the application, please go to

Job Requirements

Please see the above description.

Job ID: 842
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