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:
Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating AND Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating; OR
Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument; OR
Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating
Apply at 750 hours total time
- 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.
- FAA Commercial or ATP - Airplane or Helicopter rated w/instruments or both
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 250 PIC, 75 instrument and 75 night hours.
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. Active duty applicants: please submit Statement of Service.
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 automatically (without re-applying) once you complete 52-weeks at each grade level.
Air Interdiction Agents (AIA) special salary rates are posted on OPM’s site at: https://apps.opm.gov/SpecialRates/2019/Table057105122019.aspx
Compensation acronyms used below:
- LEAP: Law Enforcement Availability Pay (25%)
- RI: Retention Incentive (10%) or Recruitment Incentive (25% for CAMB Only)
- SSR: Special Salary Rate – as posted by OPM
Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations (Laredo TX, McAllen TX, Sierra Vista AZ, and Grand Forks ND) which are currently authorized to receive a 10% retention incentive (amounts below include the SSR + LEAP + 10% RI).
oGS-11, 1st year annual pay - $98,059
oGS-12, 2nd year annual pay - $117,533
oGS-13, 3rd year annual pay - $139,760
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) for up to 4 years, in-addition to Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). The below example of CAMB annual compensation includes SSR + LEAP + 25% RI:
oGS-11, 1st year annual pay - $108,955
oGS-12, 2nd year annual pay - $130,586
oGS-13, 3rd year annual pay - $155,289
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.
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 (current TS/SCI) may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your BI Package.
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.