Marine Interdiction Agent

Department Of Homeland Security Mayagüez, PR
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

Newly appointed MIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in aCaribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location, have been authorized toreceive a 25% recruitment incentive in-addition to, LEAP and overtime pay.

A fully trained Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) may be eligible for overtime pay (up to an additional 25% of salary). Marine Interdiction Agents (MIA) may also have a higher starting salary based on their duty location. Please visit the OPM website formore information.

This is a Direct Hire PublicNotice. Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating andranking do not apply to this Public Notice.

This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-9, GS-11 and GS-12. You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For example you could:

* start as a MIA in July 2018 as a GL-9 and make $52,285 -$65,356 per year*

* be promoted in July 2019 to GS-11 and make $61,218 - $76,523 per year*

* be promoted in July 2020 to GS-12 and make $73,375 - $91,719 per year*

* Please note this example includes a range of minimum locality pay up to maximum potential salary with overtime earnings. Pay rates are based on the 2018 "Rest of the United States" salary table and does not take into consideration higher locality pay where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.

Polygraph Examination: The Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) position is a polygraph-required position. You must undergo a polygraph exam with favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination. Polygraph Examination.

Polygraph Reciprocity: 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.

Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

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Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.

Apply to thisexciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' abilityto perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:

* Conducts maritime patrols and interdictions at sea, on lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror

* Conducts interdiction operations against national security threats to include, illegal drugs and undocumented alien smuggling

* Conduct joint investigations with other agencies related to border security in the maritime environment, employing multiple investigative techniques and capabilities

Being a Marine Interdiction Agent makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

* Serving as an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) vessel commander and crew member in law enforcement operations utilizing CBP marine assets.

* Conducting maritime patrols, surveillance and pursuit activities related to the interdiction of smuggled contraband via land, air, and sea.

* Conducting high speed vessel pursuits and intercepts of suspect vessels under adverse and sometimes hazardous conditions during the hours of darkness and in times of foul/inclement weather.

* Searching vessels and/or persons to gather evidence to support allegations of criminal or terrorist activity.

* Conducting independent and joint investigations.

* Working closely with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to gather/share intelligence information regarding illegal maritime activity to include identifying and preventing potential acts of terrorism.

Travel Required

25% or less - You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* REQUIRED - Qualifying USCG Merchant Mariner Credentials

* *Recruitment Incentive; see 'Benefits'

* 1 year specialized law enforcement experience

* Must be referred prior to 40th birthday *waiver for Veterans

* Successfully pass a background investigation and poly exam

* Have lived in the US for the last 3 years

* Required to carry a firearm and possess a valid driver's license

* Must meet job related medical, fitness and drug testing standards

* Must pass written exam, vessel practical and structured oral interview

* Required to work regular and recurring shift work

Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Marine Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided.

Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to this announcement will be required to serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to accept a change to lower grade, which may reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulation.

Probationary Period: 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 attend approximately 23 weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, consisting of 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT) which includes a 100-meter swim and 15-minute survival float test that must be passed to complete the course; followed by 4 weeks of Spanish Language training (if you failed the Spanish Language proficiency test given during the AMBT course); and 4 weeks of Marine Law Enforcement training. Additionally, you will be required to complete the following training programs after successful completion of AMBT: (1) Crewmember training course at your local duty station; (2) Tactical Boarding Officer training course; and (5) Initial Vessel Commander Certification at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, FL. Failure to successfully complete all of the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.

Physical Requirements: You must be physically able to perform strenuous duties under rigorous environmental conditions. For example, duties require physical stamina in running long distances, climbing, jumping, etc., withstanding exposure to extreme weather conditions for extended period; and standing and stooping for long periods of time. Irregular and protracted hours of work are also required.

Mobility: You are required to sign a mobilityagreement and be willing to relocate as necessary.

Uniforms: 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.

Drivers' License: You must possess a valid drivers' license.

Overtime: Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime.


The qualification requirements listed below must be met by closing date of this announcement.

You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $52,285 - $67,465 with potential overtime) if you possess at least one year of specialized experience that provided you with the knowledge of basic law enforcement methods, techniques, and skills.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

* Enforcing laws, effecting arrests and conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects

* Performing surveillance, writing reports detailing activities and observations

* Collecting and securing evidence and providing expert testimony in court;

U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC): You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials.

Qualifying MMCs: OUPV, Master or Deck's Mate showing the, expiration date and capacity pages of the license. *If you do not possess a qualifying MMC or upload both pages of a qualifying MMC listed above you will not receive consideration for this announcement.

National Service Experience (i.e.,volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience,including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic;religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps buildcritical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable trainingand experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receivecredit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


A Master's degree or two full years of graduate education in a qualifying progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or LL.B., in a qualifying field (e.g., criminal justice, intelligence, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, and corrections and rehabilitation); OR

A combination of successfully completed post-bachelors education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application. If education is used for your qualification, official transcript will be required upon selection.