U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday they will hire about 1,600 border patrol agents by Sept. 30 as the agency fills openings across the nation.
The hiring is part of a routine effort to fill jobs that open with retirement or departures of some of the 20,000 border patrol agents now assigned to the 6,000 miles of land border the U.S. shares with Canada and Mexico, and 2,000 miles of coastal waters.
Applicants must pass a background investigation, polygraph, medical examination, two pre-employment fitness examinations, drug test and an interview.
Information on the new jobs is posted on USAJobs.gov and the deadline for applying is May 31 or until 16,500 applications are received. The agency wants the new agents on board by Sept. 30.