Marine Interdiction Agent - Experienced

US Customs and Border Protection Framingham, MA
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January 24, 2023
US Customs and Border Protection
Framingham, MA

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) you will be part of our 60,000-employee workforce that strives to protect the American people, safeguard our borders, and enhance the nation’s economic prosperity. This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.
Being a Marine Interdiction Agent makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession.

Select this site’s Apply link to join CBP’s Talent Network, you will be immediately provided with a link to view the official GL-9 MIA announcement that appears on USAJobs, the Federal Government’s official employment site, where you will need to apply on-line.

You will begin your career as a GL-9 grade level MIA and make $56,551 to $72,970 per year depending upon exact location and work schedule, including overtime. 

If hired you will serve as a Marine Interdiction Agent 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.

Duty Locations: Offers are made based on operational needs and requirements and are determined by the U.S. Border Patrol. Current locations include:

  • Long Beach and San Diego, CA
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Key Largo, Key West, Marathon, and Miami, FL
  • Port Aransas, TX
  • Mayaguez and Ponce, PR
  • Saint Thomas, VI

Conditions of Employment

To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the federal government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for federal employees. Therefore, to the extent a federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel and quarantine.

  • Qualifying Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) dated within the last 5 years, or a MMLD with an accepted application status
  • 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 (see qualifications section)
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
  • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
  • You may be required to pass an agency fitness examination
  • Appointed (enter on duty) to MIA position prior to age 40; *Possible waiver for veterans, or current/previous federal law enforcement officers.

Qualifications for the MIA GL-9 Grade Level

This MIA position has a selective factor that must be met to meet minimum qualifications:

As a minimum qualification requirement all candidates must have the one of the following Merchant Mariner Credentials: 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) will be considered at this time, or an MMLD with an accepted application status that has been submitted for one of the above MMC Credentials (must have Official MMC Credential in hand at the time of scheduling and at assessment appointment).

In addition to the above mandatory requirement, you qualify for the MIA GL-9 grade level if you possess 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

  • 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), or a MMLD with an accepted application status that has been submitted for one of the above MMC Credentials (must have Official MMC Credential in hand at the time of scheduling and at assessment appointment).Qualifying Capacities: 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) showing the, expiration date and capacity pages of the license.

How to Apply

Click on this site’s “APPLY” link/button. You will be taken to CBP’s Talent Network, immediately upon registration you will receive a link to the official CBP Marine Interdiction Agent GL-9 announcement on USAJobs, the Federal Government’s official employment site. Once you are at the Customs and Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agent GL-9 grade level announcement, click Apply and follow the online prompts to fill out the online assessment questionnaire and submit your application.

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