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Marine Interdiction Agent U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • USA (Nationwide)
  • May 30, 2024
Full time Government

Job Description

The Air and Marine Operations (AMO) component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers those interested in a career in law enforcement an exceptional opportunity to work with an elite team of highly trained professionals whose camaraderie, pride, and purpose are hallmarks of their daily mission protecting America.

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding job that also provides great pay, benefits, and job stability, now is the time to make your move.

CBP is hiring immediately for these full-time security-based opportunities with the nation’s largest law enforcement organization charged with maintaining the security of our national borders while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

Open to relocation? – Duty Locations

A duty location will be offered after successful completion of the pre-employment process. The duty location listed in the final offer letter may include any geographic location within the Southwest Region, Southeast Region or Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.

Recruitment Incentive (RI): Upon Entrance on Duty (EOD) in Caribbean Air and Marine locations, you may be eligible to receive a Recruitment Incentive, pending budgetary approval and per the terms outlined in agency policy. The Caribbean Incentive is 25% of an employee's annual salary.

Current possible duty locations include: Southeast Region: Key Largo, Marathon, Miami, FL, and the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB): Mayaguez, PR, and Saint Thomas, VI.

*Your opportunity for final selection is increased based on your flexibility to Enter on Duty at a priority duty location*

Salary and Benefits

You will begin your career at the GL-9 or GS-11 grade level and make $59,021 to $89,835 per year depending upon exact location and work schedule, including overtime. Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), locality pay adjustments and recruitment incentives for certain locations will further increase actual entry salary level to $78,000 - $90,000 or more, depending upon location. 

Agents will also receive the full package of federal employment benefits that include health and insurance plans, a generous annual and sick leave program, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, a retirement plan akin to a traditional 401(k) offering.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Marine Interdiction Agent, you will perform marine-based law enforcement operations for the detection, prevention, interdiction, and apprehension of terrorists, terrorist weapons, and other contraband and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States.

Typical duties include:

  • Monitoring behavior patterns and activities of suspect persons, vehicles, or vessels believed to be engaged in illegal activities.
  • Interpreting radar data to calculate appropriate intercept while tracking vessels and people to a successful interdiction.
  • Searching persons, vessels, baggage, and cargo for contraband or weapons incidental to detention or arrest.
  • Collecting, refining, and analyzing strategic and tactical intelligence.


The GL-9 position has a selective factor that must be met to meet minimum qualifications:

As a minimum qualification requirement all candidates must submit a valid, legible copy of your U.S Coast Guard-issued Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), dated within the last 5 years (or a MMLD with an accepted application status) and showing expiration date and capacity pages, at the time of application. Qualifying capacities include: OUPV, Mate of 200 gross tons or greater (Inland, Great Lakes, Near Coastal or Oceans), Chief Mate, Second Mate, and Third Mate Unlimited Oceans, or Master of 25 GRT or greater (Inland, Great Lakes, Near Coastal or Oceans).

In addition to the above mandatory Merchant Marine Credentials requirement, you qualify for the MIA GL-9 grade level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower MIA grade level, performing duties such as:

  • 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

OR Education: A master's or equivalent graduate degree, or two (2) 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 Experience and Education: A combination of successfully completed post-bachelors’ education (above) 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.

You qualify for the GS-11 grade level if, in addition to meeting the requirements for the GL-9 level, you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:

  • Independently applies advanced skill in controlling/commanding law enforcement scenes to include conducting searches, making arrests, processing arrests and seizure of evidence and property.
  • Conducts investigative inquiries using various techniques, examining files and records, physical and documentary evidence to identify logical conclusions.
  • Utilizes cameras and other electronic high-tech surveillance equipment to gather evidence, collect, evaluate, and then preserve that physical and documentary evidence.
  • Highly skilled in writing comprehensive arrest, criminal and incident reports and
  • Assists government or state attorneys in preparation for court cases or grand juries, testifies as a law enforcement officer in court proceedings, and administrative forums.

Other Requirements:

Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.

Residency: You must have had primary U.S. residency (includes protectorates as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years.

Age Restriction: In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions. Candidates must be referred for selection to the Border Patrol Agent position before reaching their 40th birthday in accordance with Department of Homeland Security Directive 251-03. The age restriction may not apply if you are currently serving or have previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement (non-military) position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d).

Veterans’ Preference: You may also be eligible for an excepted service Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA). The age restriction does not apply if you are Veterans' Preference eligible.

Training: This position has a training requirement. You may be required to successfully complete the training requirement as a condition of employment. Failure to successfully complete the required course(s) of training in accordance with CBP standards and policies will result in placement into either a former or different position, demotion, or separation as determined by management and appropriate procedures.

Travel Required: You may be expected to travel for this position based on operational needs.

How to Apply

Click the Apply button on this site. You will be linked to the CBP Talent Network page. For Position of Interest select Marine Interdiction Agent, then complete the pre-screening questions.

You will then be provided a link to USAJOBS, the Federal Government’s official employment site to complete your application. Be certain to review ALL details of the job opening announcement and follow all instructions in the application process.

If you have questions about the application process, contact a recruiter through the AMO website (www.cbp.gov/careers/amo) and check the CBP calendar at www.cbp.gov/cbp-events-calendar frequently for upcoming informational webinars, in-person recruiter events, and virtual career events.