Department of Homeland Security recruiting border officers

Agency seeks up to 40,000 applicants for jobs at land, sea, air ports of entry, including Alaska

Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2003

The war against terrorism isn't limited to New York and Los Angeles, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Milne in Seattle.

The agency is looking for up to 40,000 applicants for jobs at land, sea and air ports of entry throughout the country, including Alaska, he said. The current recruitment period is scheduled to run through October if the agency doesn't reach its applications target sooner.

Milne said people can apply to work specifically at Alaska ports, such as Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, Haines and Skagway. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 31 positions have been added to Alaska ports of entry, he added.

Since March 1, the CBP has combined customs, immigration, agricultural inspectors and border patrol functions under one department, as part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Officers perform the full range of inspection, passenger and cargo analysis, examination and law enforcement activities, according to the agency's recruitment announcement from Washington, D.C.

Openings will be available throughout the country, Milne said. Officers serving along the U.S.-Mexico border, Miami or Puerto Rico will be required to pass a Spanish-language proficiency test or successfully complete a five-week Spanish training class.

The pay ranges from $25,697 to $28,384. A higher classification, with a range of $31,830 to $35,158, would require high marks in the last two years of a bachelor's degree program, a year in graduate school, or a year of work in inspection or compliance and regulatory work.

To apply, go to the CBP Web site - - and click first on the officer vacancy announcement and next on announcement DD 178880.

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