Marine Interdiction Agent

    Duties Summary

    As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

    Category Rating, Veterans' Preference Ranking, and Traditional Rating and Ranking do not apply to this Direct Hire, Public Notice.


    Applicants will be referred for selection consideration throughout the announcement open period. Further questions regarding the Marine Interdiction Agent position can be sent to the AMO Recruiters at

    Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.

    This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-9, GS-11 & GS-12. 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 (with supervisor approval). Marine Interdiction Agents (MIA) locality pay table for Rest of the United States (RUS) are posted on OPM's site. To see the RUS salary rates please visit this link.

    Compensation acronyms used below:

    • LEAP: Law Enforcement Availability Pay (25%)
    • RI: Recruitment Incentive (25%)
    Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations (Long Beach, CA)(Locality Salary Table LEAP)
    GL-09, 1st year annual pay - $78,036
    GS-11, 2nd year annual pay - $91,370
    GS-12, 3rd year annual pay - $109,515

    Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations (San Diego, CA)(Locality Salary Table LEAP)
    GL-09, 1st year annual pay - $76,480
    GS-11, 2nd year annual pay - $89,548
    GS-12, 3rd year annual pay - $107,331

    Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations (Fajardo, Mayaguez, Ponce and San Juan, PR; St. Thomas, VI)(RUS LEAP RI)
    GL-09, 1st year annual pay - $82,002
    GS-11, 2nd year annual pay - $96,013
    GS-12, 3rd year annual pay - $115,081

    Serve as a Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) performing Marine 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.

    Your duties will 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.
    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Qualifying Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) (Dated within the last 5 years)
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
    • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
    • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
    • Must meet job related medical, fitness and drug testing standards
    • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
    • Referred for selection prior to age 40; waiver for vets
    • Upon appointment, you may be required to undergo random drug testing
    • You must meet the OPM Qualification Standard for the GS-1801 series

    This position has a selective factor, as a minimum qualification requirement all candidates must have theone of the following Merchant Mariner Certificates:

    • Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV)
    • Deck Mates of 200 gross tons or greater (Inland, Great Lakes, Near Coastal or Oceans)
    • Chief Mate, Second Mate and Third Mate Unlimited Oceans
    • Master of 25 GRT or greater (Inland, Great Lakes, Near Coastal or Oceans)

    You qualify at the GL-9 grade level if you possess at least one year of specialized experience that demonstrates the ability 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

    Education: A master's or equivalent graduate 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);


    Combining 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.


    U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC):You must submit a valid, legible copy of your Merchant Mariner Credential at time of application. Your copies must include the expiration and capacity pages of your MMC. (Must be current within the last 5 years)

    Qualifying Capacities: OUPV, Deck Mate, Chief Mate, or Master showing the, expiration date and capacity pages of the license. Don't have a MMC? See what it takes to get one at:

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

    You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 01/18/2021.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

    Polygraph Examination: The Marine Interdiction Agent position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see PolygraphExamination.

    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.

    Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
    • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
    • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
    • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
    • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government
    Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must have knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies as defined under "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of this announcement which clearly exceed the minimum qualification and any applicable basic requirements for the vacancy.

    Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

    Additional information
    Fitness/Medical Standards: You must be able to meet job-related medical and fitness standards.

    Security Clearance: You may be required to obtain a Secret or higher level clearance for this position.

    Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Marine 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 16 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 a swim/water survival course. Learn more here.

    Marine Interdiction Agents: After successfully completing AMBTP at FLETC, MIAs will complete additional training at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, FL and at their new duty station. Marine Interdiction Agents may also be enrolled into the Rosetta Stone Spanish Training Program.

    Travel: Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis.

    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. Positions may be filled at any AMO duty station within the regions listed below.

    Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.

    You must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that region.

    Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB): Fajardo, Mayaguez, Ponce and San Juan, PR; St. Thomas, VI
    Southwest Region: San Diego and Long Beach, CA

    • Tax Law Impact: Federal Travel Regulation GSA Bulletin FTR 18-05 - On December 22, 2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective January 1, 2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made certain reimbursements and other payments taxable, including, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of household goods and shipment of household goods. For more information please see Federal Travel Regulation GSA Bulletin FTR 18-05

    This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking do not apply to this Public Notice. This notice may be used to fill any vacancy throughout the Southern Border (SB) & CAMB Duty Locations. In-order to meet agency mission-critical needs, your final duty location offer may include one of the duty locations within the SB and CAMB.

    Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    This position is being filled under a Direct Hire Authority. You will be evaluated based on your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the job questionnaire. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications and any basic requirements applicable to this position, will be forwarded to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

    In accordance with the Direct Hire Authority, rating and ranking questions will not be used. However, candidates must have the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform this job:

    • Ability to interpret and apply law enforcement and criminal justice theories, techniques, practices and procedures.
    • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, standards and procedures that pertain to surveillance techniques and strategies.
    • Skilled in operating tracking radars, satellite navigation systems, chart plotters, GPS, DGPS, depth finder and compass on vessels.
    • Ability to establish contacts and cooperate with persons in the general marine communities and other law enforcement agencies to gather/share intelligence information.
    Veterans: Veterans preference does not apply to selections made using the Direct Hire Authority. Veteran candidates will be considered along with all other applicants who apply.

    Once you meet the minimum qualifications and pass the polygraph examination, you will be evaluated through the use of three (3) qualification assessments: written examination, vessel practical and structured interview. Assessments are pass/fail and applicants must pass all three assessments to receive consideration. Scores on passed assessments are valid for 24 months.

    Written Examination: This examination covers the following areas - Rules of the Road, Navigation General, and Deck General. To prepare for the examination, you should refer to study aides for preparing for the USCG MMC - Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vehicles (OUPV) license. You should also review and practice chart plotting. Chart plotting tools will be provided.

    Vessel Evaluation: You will be required to demonstrate your vessel handling proficiency on an approximately 30' twin engine vessel. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of safety equipment and nomenclature, Marine VHF, vessel handling and practical demonstration of navigation and docking in various conditions.

    Structured Oral Interview: You must be able to answer scenario-based interview questions to demonstrate your knowledge of core competencies needed for this position. Applicants are responsible for all expenses associated with their travel to and from the assessment.

    You will be responsible for all expenses associated with transport to and from a location to later be determined, as well as lodging and all other personal expenses incurred.
    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    If you have questions regarding the documentation that is required for this announcement please contact an AMO recruiter at or the CBP Hiring Center at

    Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history including a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), your hours worked per week, job title, as well as series, grade, and salary (if applicable). NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation.

    Your responses to the job questionnaire:

    REQUIRED U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials: You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials: OUPV, Deck Mate, Chief Mate, or Master showing, the expiration date and capacity pages of the license.*Failure to submit this documentation will prevent you from moving forward in the application process.

    Age Requirement Documents: If you are over the age of 40 you will need to submit proof you are eligible for the position of Marine Interdiction Agent. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service; you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning date and end date of creditable Federal civilian (not military) service under Title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20), and Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(17). Block 30 of your SF-50 should show Retirement Code M or O. If you do not meet the age requirement and you are unable to provide this required documentation, you will not receive consideration under this announcement. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Veterans' Preference, submit the required Veterans' Preference documents.

    Age Waiver Documents: Applicants who do not meet the age requirement but are entitled to veteran's preference eligibility under 5 U.S.C § 3312 must submit the following documents to verify their claim:

    • DD 214 (Member Copy 4) and
    • If you are a veteran with a service connected disability; A VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later
    • If you are currently serving on active duty: A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, type of discharge, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or on approved terminal leave. If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.
    Active Duty Applicants: Statement of Service (Certification letter): If you are still on active duty you must submit certification from the Armed Services showing you will be discharged or released from active duty. This certification should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; (2) campaign badges and expeditionary medals earned; and (3) the character of service. View more about Veterans' Preference. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 upon separation from the military. For more information about veterans' preference visit this link
    *Although Veterans' Preference does not apply to Direct Hire Authority, upon selection, veterans' documents may be required.

    Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

    Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position Title
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
    • Agency
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment
    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to all U.S. Citizens. This announcement will be utilized to fill positions through the Direct Hire Authority.