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Pilot - Air Interdiction Agent

CBP Air and Marine Operations • 
Washington, DC, USA
Position Type: Permanent
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Hiring in Multiple Locations 
 
 
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.
 
Overview
 
Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following:
  • Conduct air-to-air, air-to-water, and air-to-ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders
  • Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
  • Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens
Being an Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:
  • Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems performing law enforcement missions
  • Performing interdiction duties that include intelligence gathering, detecting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, testifying and acting as liaison with other Federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies
  • Developing strategies to track aircraft, vessels and people to accomplish an effective and successful interdiction
  • Gathering and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism with internal customers, the general aviation and marine communities and other law enforcement agencies
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the world’s largest civilian law enforcement organization.
  • Air and Marine Operations (AMO) is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people. We apply advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employ our unique skill sets to preserve America’s security interests.
  • 74 Air and Marine Operations locations, including branches and units, National Air Security Operations Centers, and the Air and Marine Operations Center
  • Conduct air-to-air, air-to-water, and air-to-ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders.
  • Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
  • Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens
  • On a typical day, AMO flies 212 Enforcement hours at and beyond the border, and within our nation’s interior.
  • 10% retention bonus has been approved for all pilots grade 11-15 for the following locations: Aguadilla, PR; Grand Forks, ND; Laredo, TX; McAllen, TX; Sierra Vista, AZ; Apline, TX, Yuma, AZ
  • INTERDICTION: Efforts to intercept, apprehend, and disrupt threats in the land, sea, and air domains as they move toward or across the borders of the United States.
  • INVESTIGATION: AMO’s specialized investigative skill sets are unique among law enforcement in the air and maritime environments.
  • DOMAIN AWARENESS: The observation of the operating domain (air, land, and maritime) and baseline information associated with the domain.
  • CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS AND NATIONAL TASKINGS
  • Terror threats and incidents
  • Continuity of operations
  • Federal disaster relief
  • National special security event
  • AMO was established January 17, 2006
Job Requirements:
 
Hiring Minimums
 
Pilot Enter on Duty minimums are 1500 flight hours; (up to 500 hours can be waived, reducing the pilot enter on duty minimums to 1000 hours)
  • A current FAA Commercial or ATP Pilot Certification with the following ratings: 
               o Dual Rated: Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating AND                   Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating; OR
               o Airplane Rated: Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument; OR
               o Helicopter Rated: Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating
  • 100 hours of Airplane, or UAS, or Helicopter, and/or PIC/SIC Simulator hours within the last 12 months
  • 250 Pilot-in-Command hours and
  • 75 Instrument hours
  • 75 Night hours
  • FAA Class I medical required for assessment dated within last 12 calendar months
  • FAA Class II medical will qualify. It must be dated within last 12 calendar months. 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.
  • FAA Commercial or ATP - Airplane or Helicopter rated w/instruments or both
Apply at 750 hours total time
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. Applicant must still meet the required 100 flight hours within the last 12 months, 250 PIC, 75 instrument and 75 night hours.
 
Age Requirement
You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 40th birthday in accordance with Public Law 100-238. The age restriction doesn't apply if you are a veteran preference eligible. Documentation: a DD-214 member 4 or service 2 if prior military, or VA disability letter will be required.
 
Compensation
Newly appointed Air Interdiction Agents (AIAs) that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location, have been authorized to receive a 25% Recruitment Incentive (RI) in-addition to, Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and overtime pay.
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. Please visit the OPM website for more information.

Compensation acronyms used below:
  • LEAP: Law Enforcement Availability Pay
  • RI: Recruitment Incentive
  • RUS: Rest of the United States
This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-11, GS-12 & GS-13. 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).
 
Example annual compensation:
  • 1st year of service: Start as an AIA as a GS-11 Step 1 
               o $61,218: RUS pay
               o $74,484: RUS + 25% LEAP
               o $87,750: RUS + 25% LEAP + RI
  • 2nd year of service: Promote in 12 months to GS-12 Step 1 
               o $73,375: RUS pay
               o $89,275: RUS + 25% LEAP
               o $105,175: RUS + LEAP + RI
  • 3rd year of service: Promote in 12 months to GS-13 Step 1 
               o $87,252: RUS pay
               o $106,159: RUS + 25% LEAP
               o $125,066: RUS + LEAP + RI
 
* Please note this example includes a range of minimum locality pay 'Rest of the United States' (RUS) up to maximum 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.

Polygraph Examination: The AIA 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 BI Package.
 
Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your BI Package.
 
Additional Information
 
Current Federal Employees: may 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.
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
Mobility: You are required to sign a mobility agreement 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.
 
Overtime: Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime.
 
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation limits and agency policy for Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) locations ONLY. Newly appointed AIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location have been authorized to receive a 25% RI (NOTE: Current federal employees serving in a permanent position are not eligible to receive a RI). 25% of your scheduled salary (base pay plus locality) for these locations will be paid at the beginning of each year, for up to a total of three years. The RI requires a three year/156-week service agreement. You must remain employed as an AIA in the eligible duty location for the period of the service agreement in order to receive and remain eligible for the RI.
 
All new hires into Aguadilla, PR will receive a 25% bonus for up to 4 years
 
For any questions, please contact an AMO Recruiter at: CBP_AMO_RECRUITING@CBP.DHS.GOV  
Salary Range: Neg-Neg
Relocation: For Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, VI locations ONLY
Travel: 25%
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