This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.
Newly appointed AIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air & Marine Branch (CAMB) duty locations have been authorized to receive a 25% Recruitment Incentive (RI) in-addition to, Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and overtime pay.
Contact an AMO Recruiter for additional information at:
An Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) may be eligible for overtime pay (up to an additional 25% of salary). Air Interdiction Agents (AIA) may also have a higher starting salary based on their duty location.
This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking do not apply to this Public Notice. This notice may be used to fill any vacancy throughout the Southern Border (SB) & CAMB Duty Locations. In-order to meet agency mission-critical needs, your final duty location offer may include one of the duty locations within the SB and CAMB.
This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-11, 12 & 13 . You will be eligible for a promotion to the next grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For example you could:
Start as an AIA in October 2018 as a GS-11 Step 1 (RUS pay $61,218) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $74,484) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $87,750) per year*
Promote in October 2019 to GS-12 Step 1 (RUS pay $73,375) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $89,275) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $105,175) per year*
Promote in October 2020 to GS-13 Step 1 (RUS pay $87,252) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $106,159) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $125,066) per year*
GS Salary :
- Please note this example includes a range of min.locality pay 'Rest of the United States' (RUS) up to max. potential salary with LEAP and the RI for CAMB locations. Pay rates are based on the 2018 "Rest of the United States" salary table and does not take into consideration higher locality pay, possible over time, or where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.
Visit this link to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States" pay table.
25% or less - You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.
Job family (Series)
1881 Customs And Border Protection Interdiction
Conditions of Employment
FAA Class II Med will qualify; must be dated within last 12 months
FAA Commercial or ATP Airplane or Helicopter rated with/Instruments
100 flight hours within the last 12 months; level C and D simulator time counts
Apply with as little as 750 flight hours; see 'Qualifications'
Must meet job related medical, fitness and drug testing standards
You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
Referred for selection prior to age 40; waiver for vets
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
Primary U.S. residency for the last three years; AD military exempt
You qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $74,484 with RUS and LEAP and $87,750 with RUS, LEAP, RI. This does not include up to 25% potential overtime) if you possess one year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to:
Fly as a Pilot-in-Command or sole manipulator in an airplane and helicopter in all environments of flight, including night, poor weather, unfavorable terrain, low altitudes or speed
Ability to valuate information rapidly and make judicious decisions promptly during in-flight operations
Develop strategies and coordinate aircraft and ground assets
Use information systems and databases to conduct information surveys, queries, update files and disseminate information
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Certificates, Ratings and Flight Experience :
You must possess and provide proof of the following, at time of application in order to meet the basic requirements of this position:
A current FAA Commercial or ATP Pilot Certification with the following ratings :
Dual Rated :
Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating AND Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating; OR
Airplane Rated :
Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument; OR
Helicopter Rated :
Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating
A FAA Class II Medical Certificate is qualifying for this announcement. *However, at the time of your Flight Assessment you MUST present a FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate dated within the previous 12 calendar months. Military flight medicals cannot be accepted.
Submit last page of your documented flight log reflecting a minimum of 1500 flight hours; include additional pages if required to reflect 100 hours in the last 12 months .
100 hours of Airplane, UAS, Helicopter and/or PIC/SIC Simulator hours within the last 12 months
250 Pilot-in-Command hours and
75 Instrument hours
75 Night hours
750 Flight Hours :
Applicants applying at 750 flight hours are required to obtain at least 1,000 flight hours (depending on the number of hours approved for a waiver) at own expense before being able to attend the 3-part flight assessment. Must meet the required 100 flight hours within the last 12 months, 250 PIC, 75 instrument and 75 night hours.
All FAA Approved level C and Level D simulator time will count towards a pilot's 100 hours in the last 12 months, however, it cannot count towards a pilots total time. The pilot must be the pilot in command or second in command in the simulator. Simulator instructors who are operating the simulator scenarios cannot count their instructor time as flight time.
UAS Flight Hours:
Applicants may include UAS Predator A (MQ-1), Predator B (MQ-9), or Global Hawk (RQ-4) flight hours. Your full flight log will be required at time of your Flight Assessment for verification.
Flight Hour Waiver :
The experience you use to request consideration for the Flight Hour Waiver (FHW) must be submitted at time of application. Please list all of your FHW experience on a sheet titled 'Flight Hour Waiver Request'. Your request should include all of the following items: dates of experience, hours per week, title and a detailed description of experience. NOTE: The 100 hours in the last 12 months*, 250 PIC, 75 instrument and 75 night hours cannot be waived.
General military flight experience and training
1/1/95 to 3/2/97 40 HPW
Detailed work experience
You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 11/30/2018.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link .
The CBP Air Interdiction Agent position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination .
CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.
Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.
If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:
Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.
All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here .You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must have knowledge, skills , abilities and/or competencies as defined under "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of this announcement which clearly exceed the minimum qualification and any applicable basic requirements for the vacancy.
Firearm Proficiency :
Firearm proficiency is required for Air Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided.
Driver's License :
You must possess a valid driver's license.
You must serve a one-year probationary period during the first year of your initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.
Mandatory Completion of Basic Training :
You will be detailed to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, for 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT). The training is comprised of formalized courses of basic technical instruction necessary to perform the duties of the position, including an untested swim/water survival course. Additionally, you will complete the following training programs: (1) Spanish Language training course; (2) Initial Survival Training course; (3) Aircraft-specific Flight Training course; and (4) Standardized Tactical Aviation Training (STAT) course.
You are required to sign a mobility agreement and be willing to relocate as necessary.
This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
Shift Work :
This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations.
Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime.
Positions may be filled at any AMO duty station within the regions listed below. You must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that region.
Southwest Region :
Laredo, McAllen and San Angelo, TX
Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) :
Aguadilla, PR - Paid Relocation AND Recruitment Incentive Location
National Air Security Operation Centers (NASOC) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Locations :
Sierra Vista, AZ and Grand Forks, ND
Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.
Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here .
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This position is being filled under a Direct Hire Authority. You will be evaluated based on your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the job questionnaire. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications and any basic requirements applicable to this position, will be forwarded to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
In accordance with the Direct Hire Authority, rating and ranking questions will not be used. However, candidates must have the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform this job:
Skill and ability to fly and/or operate fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft in adverse or hazardous conditions in operations supporting CBP or other law enforcement entities
Knowledge of air enforcement operations
Ability to collect, refine and analyze strategic and tactical intelligence in order to execute aviation enforcement operations
Ability to evaluate information rapidly and make judicious decisions promptly while remaining courteous and professional
Prior to appointment to this position, you must pass a three-part qualification assessment. The assessments will be conducted after you successfully complete a polygraph examination.
The assessments are pass/fail and you must pass all three in order to be eligible to be appointed to this position:
Flight Check :
You will be required to demonstrate your flight proficiency in CBP aircrafts with a flight instructor. You will be evaluated based on FAA Commercial Pilot standards.
Oral Evaluation :
You will be tested on your pilot knowledge based on published regulation.
Structured Interview :
You will be asked scenario-based interview questions concerning core competencies, which include judgment/decision-making, teamwork/interpersonal skills, flexibility, integrity and oral communication. The qualification assessments will be conducted at the National Air Training Center (NATC) facility in Oklahoma City, OK, and will take approximately 1 full day. An additional day may be necessary due to weather and/or maintenance issues. You will be responsible for all expenses associated with transport to and from the NATC facility and hangar, as well as lodging in Oklahoma City and all other personal expenses incurred .
If you do not successfully complete the flight check portion of your 3-part assessment, you will remain in pre-employment process and take a second flight check in 6 months. If you do not pass the flight check on your second attempt, your tentative offer of employment will be withdrawn. You will then be required to reapply to an open AIA job announcement after the 6-month waiting period. This only applies to the flight check portion of the 3-part assessment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
If you have questions regarding the documentation that is required for this announcement please contact an AMO recruiter at CBP_AMO_RECRUITING@cbp.dhs.gov or the CBP Hiring Center at CBPHIRINGAMO@cbp.dhs.gov
A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone numbers, Date of Birth (DOB), aircrafts you've piloted, and a detailed description of your flying and operating experience in fixed wing and/or rotary aircrafts; dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), and Hours Worked Per Week (HPW) and Total Flight Hours:
On the first page of you resume provide the total number of flight hours for each of the categories listed below. Include all Predator A (MQ-1), Predator B (MQ-9), Global Hawk (RQ-4), or predator based variant flight hours and FAA Approved Level C and D Simulator hours.
1. Overall Total Flight hours
2. Total Flight hours within the last 12 months
3. Total hours as Pilot-in-Command
4. Total Instrument hours
5. Total Night hours
6. Total hours by Aircraft category
Upload as 'Resume'
Flight Logs/Hours :
You must submit clear copies of your flight records showing a total of 1500 flight hours AND
250 Pilot-in-Command hours
75 Instrument hours
75 Night hours
100 Flight hours within the last 12 months
- FAA Approved Level C and D Simulator; Predator A (MQ-1); Predator B (MQ-9); Global Hawk (RQ-4), or predator based variant flight hours will be credited toward satisfying the 1500 flight hours and 100 flight hours in the last 12 months.
Upload under 'Other' as Flight Log(s)
Current FAA Airmen Commercial or ATP Certificate :
You must provide a legible copy of both front & back sides of your pilot certification. You must possess one of the following pilot ratings to be considered for this announcement: Dual Rated, Airplane Rated and/or Rotorcraft Helicopter Rated. *See "Basic Requirements" for rating requirements. Private Privileges cannot be used.
Upload under 'Other" as FAA Front & FAA Back
FAA Medical Certificate :
You must submit a legible copy of your FAA Medical Certificate 1st or 2nd class. Either class must be dated within 12 months of the date of issuance and valid through the closing date of this announcement. Upload under 'Other' as FAA Med
Age Requirement Documents :
You must be referred for consideration prior to your 40th birthday. You will need to submit proof that you are eligible for this position if you are over 40 or will be turning 40 within the next 60 days. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service, you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning and end of the creditable Federal civilian (non-military) service. Block 30 of your SF-50 should show Retirement Code M or O. If you do not meet the age requirement or you are unable to provide this required documentation, you will not receive consideration under this announcement. * ALL current/former Federal employees MUST provide the required SF-50s (beginning/ending) for coverage period(s) they are claiming
Age Requirement Documents for Veterans Preference Eligibles :
If you are claiming an age waiver based on veterans' preference, submit the required veterans' preference documents. To apply veterans' preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
5 Point Preference:
Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period;
10 Point Preference:
Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later; or
If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected type of discharge, qualifying medals and anticipated date of separation.
Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
Beginning and ending dates of appointment
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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