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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has openings for a Fingerprint Specialist

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Fingerprint Specialist

Closing Date

The application process begins April 3, 2017 and closes Friday April 7, 2017

Salary Range

$72,168.00 to $93,821.00 / Per Year


3 vacancies in the following locations:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Edinburg, TX
  • El Paso, TX

Job Summary

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation’s borders. At CBP, we:

  • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

For more information about CBP’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:


In this position, you will become a key member of the Laboratories and Scientific Services team performing the below typical work assignments:

  • Working with a team of Latent Print Examiners and Latent Print Processors and serve as an expert latent print examiner and latent print processor; processing the more complicated and challenging evidence with state-of-the-art laboratory and photographic equipment;
  • Working closely with DHS agents to analyze evidence collected for US Customs and Border Protection investigations;
  • Supporting Agents, inspectors, government intelligence agencies, and other CBP officers in the development of criminal cases involving border security, smuggling, human trafficking, and illicit trade practices;
  • Using and developing the most advanced techniques, skills, tests and procedures to process criminal evidence and process and examine latent prints; and
  • Serving as an expert witness at criminal trails.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • You must meet the residency requirements outlined in this job announcement


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.

Basic Requirement: Current certification from International Association for Identification (IAI).



You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $72,168) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing duties such as:

  • Analyzing complex fingerprint cases and imperfect and partial latent fingerprint impressions that contain only the minimum number of points necessary to make an identification, and
  • Conducting methods development projects to improve latent fingerprint examination capabilities.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by Friday, April 07, 2017 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.

To Apply

Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, April 07, 2017.

Read the full job posting and apply online here.

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