EL CENTRO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection held a hiring event today at America’s Job Center formerly known as One Stop.
The agency is in need of filling various positions along the border and applications will be open until October.
By mid-day today U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) already had 70 new applicants and that number is expected to grow. Chief John Campos explained the process of today’s event.
“Here at the One Stop Employment Center in El Centro we have presentations going where we have CBP Officers and Border Patrol agents talking to applicants about the process, the requirements and the job itself, of what it is to be a CBP Officer or a Border Patrol agent.”
Being a CBP officer can be a great career path with various opportunities within the agency. Campos explains the different choices you can make.
“When a person comes into the agency the person will be a CBP officer, after passing their probationary period, at that point a lot of officers can put in for other specialized units and such as the K-9, the anti-terrorist contraband team and other entities within.”
Many came out to today’s event in search for a more stable career. Rikki Silva of Westmorland explained why he was at the event,
“I’ve seen them do their ATV and sand rail testing’s and stuff, that’s always been interesting to me. I love firearms, I was in the navy, I was a gunner’s mate and that’s all I did. I did guns. I love that,” said Silva.
Today’s event did include a special incentive, and if you missed out today, there will be more hiring events in the near future.
“The agency will pay 25 percent of that officer’s base salary, 25 percent added to the salary, plus also if that applicant that is coming on board should have student loans. The agency is willing to go ahead and contribute 10 percent to pay off student debt as long as funding is available,” says Campos.
To apply to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection visit www.cbp.gov/carrers.