Customs and Border Protection Officer
Your career.. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed to help respond to the threat of terrorist attacks. Within DHS, U.S. Customs and Harder Protection (CBP) was established to support this important mission. With employees stationed along our country’s borders and at the ports of entry, CBP is America’s Frontline in the war against terrorism. CBP is now recruiting to fill Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers to serve America at over 300 frontline ports of entry.
The Officer’s primary responsibility is to detect and prevent terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the United States, while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travelers. This requires enforcing laws related to revenue and trade, seizure of contraband, interdiction of agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of persons. CBP Officers perform the full range of inspection, passenger and cargo analysis, examination and law enforcement activities relating to the arrival and departure of persons, merchandise and conveyances such as cars, trucks, aircraft, and ships at the ports of entry.
CBP Officers must wear a uniform, work overtime and/or shift work (sometimes under arduous conditions), qualify regularly with and carry firearms, and are subject to random drug testing.
Benefits and Salary
> Benefits. CBP offers a generous benefits package including personal leave dacs for vacation, illness and family care, a wide choice of health insurance programs, life insurance, long-term care insurance, flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses, a fully portable retirement program that includes a Thrift Savings Plan (401k), and a uniform allowance. In addition, some locations have access to fitness facilities, related health and wellness programs, and on-site childcare facilities.
These are full-time permanent positions being filled in the excepted service. Initial appointments are made at the GS-5 (at least $28,349 per annum) and GS-7 (at least $35,116) grade levels with promotion potential to the GS-11 ($51,972) grade level without having to reapply. There is also the opportunity to earn overtime pay.’
Locations. These positions are located at CBP ports of entry throughout the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Applicants must be willing to work in any of the geographic locations that they select from the list covered by an announcement.
Pre-employment Requirements consist of a video-based structured interview, a thorough background investigation, medical examination (including stringent vision and hearing standards), fitness test and drug test . If your background includes past or present arrests, convictions, dismissals from previous jobs, debts and financial issues, excessive use of alcohol, use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, you most probably will be rated unsuitable for these positions.
Training. New hires must successfully complete 15 weeks of paid training at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Academy, located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) near Brunswick, Georgia. Candidates selected for duty locations in Puerto Rico, Miami, or along the Southwest Border must either pass a Spanish language proficiency exam or successfully complete an additional 6 weeks of Spanish language training. The 6-week program may extend the initial basic training from 15 to 21 weeks at the FLETC.
II. Answer the following questions.
What mission was the Depatment of Homeland Security designated for?
Which structure is considered to be America’s Frontline in the war against terrorism?
What is the primary responsibility of the CBP offices?
Is the duty of the Customs officers to facilitate the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travellers?
Which kinds of inspection do US Customs and Border Protection officers perform?
What must the Customs and Border Protection officers do to be able to perform their duties efficiently?
Which benefits are Customs and Border protection officers offered in case they prefer to serve in CBP?
Are the applicants given right to choose the location to serve in?
What kind of background investigation must the applicant pass to be recruited by Customs and Border Protection?
In which case may an applicant be refused to be rated suitable for the Customs and Border Protection service?
11.1s there any special educational establishment in the US to train hires for the US Customs and Border Protection?
II. Read the sentiences and then decide which word out the three suggested
variants given fits each space.
US Customs and Border Protection was … to support this important mission, (established — organized — prepared)
Customs and Border Protection is now… officers to serve America at the frontline ports of entry (collecting — recruiting — gathering)
3 . The primary responsibility of the Customs officer is to detect and prevent weapons of mass .. .entering the United States (protection — evaluation —
4.Special laws are required to prevent… of weapons, contraband pests and diseases onto the territory of US.
(execution — interdiction — passing)
5.A CBP officer is offered a generous package including personal leave days for vacation, illness and family care, a wide choice of health … programs.
(guarantee — facilitate — insurance)
6.New hires must… complete several weeks of paid training at the US CBP Academy.
(timely — regularly — successfully)
7.Candidates selected for duty locations along Southwest Border must pass a Spanish language … exam.
(qualification — proficiency — efficiency)
Basic qualifications any potential candidate must have to be hired to the US Customs and Border Protection service
Must be a U.S. citizen. CBP also has a residency requirement that applies to all applicants other than current CBP employees. If you are not a current CBP employee, CBP requires that for the three (3) years prior to filing an application for employment, individuals must meet one or more of the following primary residence criteria:
1.Applicant resided in the United States or its protectorates or territories (short trips abroad, such as vacations, will not necessarily disqualify an applicant); or
2.Applicant worked for the U.S. government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
3.Applicant was a dependent of a U.S. federal or military employee serving overseas.
Must possess a valid state driver’s license at the time of appointment
To qualify for a GS-5 grade level position, you must have at least 3 years of general experience that demonstrates the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to apply a body of facts. You may have obtained this experience in work where you explained administrative requirements and procedures to others or screened forms to ensure proper completion based on requirements. For example, you may have served as a customer service representative, claim sadjuster, or information receptionist. Typing, filing, copying, or messenger work is not creditable as general experience. You may substitute education for experience requirements. For instance, a Bachelor’s Degree in any field from an accredited institution meets the requirements.
To qualify for a GS-7 level position, you must have one full year of specialized experience that entailed performance of substantive duties in inspections work at borders, seaports, airports, or other entry points and/or work involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status or compliance/regulatory work. Inspections experience must have demonstrated the ability to apply specialized knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, State or Federal levels, which included dealing with persons suspected of entering the United States illegally. Compliance/regulatory work experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop and evaluate facts, evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with or violations of laws, rules or regulations. Specialized experience is generally gained in the performance of the duties of the following kinds of positions: Inspector, Auditor, Analyst, Examiner, and Investigator as well as some Technicians in the public and/or private sector.
Medical Requirements. Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic examination. Any medical or psychiatric condition resulting from an injury or disease may result in disqualification for appointment if the condition(s) would affect the ability of the individual to perform the essential functions of the position. More detailed information on the physical and medical requirements is available upon request. The most common reasons for failing the examination involve vision and hearing impairments. A summary of those particular requirements follows:
Near vision must test at least 20/40 Snellen, binocular, with or without corrective lenses.
^ Binocular vision acuity must be at least 20/30 corrected; 20/100 uncorrected. 5* Color perception — must be able to distinguish primary colors as defined by color perception (Ishihara Pseudoisochromatic) plate tests. Use of an X- chrome lens is not acceptable.
Refractive surgery — individuals who have undergone refractive surgery are not eligible for this position for 1 year from the date of surgery and then must meet vision requirements (including specific exams and protocol testing).
LASIK surgery — individuals who have undergone LASIK surgery are not eligible for this position for 3 months from the date of surgery and then must meet vision requirements (including specific exams and protocol testing).
Unaided testing with both ears must test at 25dB or less for the average of the 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz frequencies.
Unaided testing with both ears must test at 45dB or less at the 4000 and 6000 Hz.
The difference in hearing levels between the better ear and worse ear may not exceed 30dB at the 4000 and 6000 Hz frequency.
The difference in hearing levels between the better ear threshold and the worse ear threshold may not exceed 15dB for the average of 500, 1000, 2000,
• and 3000 Hz.
Use of a hearing aid is not allowed.
Physical Fitness Screening
Due to the strenuous nature of CBP Officer duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for entry level CBP Officer positions. Although fitness tests are a separate pre-employment requirement, they are administered at the same time and location as the medical examination. The fitness tests include: a Kneel/Stand test, a Lift/Lower Test (50 pounds), and a 5-minute cardiovascular endurance step test.
Once on board, employees will also be required to complete a physically rigorous training program conducted at the FLETC.
Although CBP is not currently recruiting for this job, if you are interested in applying you can receive notification of the next announcement.
X. Answer the following questions:
1.What are the residence criteria an applicant must meet?
2.In which case can a person be qualified for a GS-7 level position?
3 . What kind of experience must an applicant demonstrate to meet the qualification requirement for a GS-5 grade level position?
4.Where can an applicant get specialized experience on handling information?
5. Whymust an applicant meet certain rather strict medical requirements?
6.What are the most common reasons for failing the medical examination?
7.What are vision limits for persons having undergone any kinds of eye surgery?
8.Can individuals using hearing aids be allowed entry into the US Customs?
9.Why have fitness tests been developed to examine applicant willing to serve in the US Customs?
10.How deep is the medical examination undergone by applicants?
31. Chose the right word from the list and put it into the sentence in the correct form.
(suspected — vision — deal with — substitute perform — administered — rigorous)
.1. An applicant must have at least 3 years of general experience that demonstrate the ability … with people.
2.One may … education for experience requirements,
3.Inspections experience must have demonstrated the ability to apply specialized knowledge of the laws which included dealing with persons … of entering the United States illegally.
4.An applicant must undergo und successfully pass a strict Medical Screening process to prove his ability to … the essential functions.
5.Individuals who have undergone refractive surgery must meet.. . requirements.
6.Fitness tests are … at the same time and location as the medical examination.
7.Employees will also be required to complete a physically … training program.