ICE Launches New Careers Web Content, Twitter Feed to Attract Applicants
The nation’s premier federal law enforcement agency focused on protecting America from cross-border crime and illegal immigration launched an enhanced careers section on its website Aug. 29 to help top candidates apply for a variety of jobs.
In addition, ICE started a new Twitter feed – @ICEgovCareers – dedicated solely to job-related information about the agency, including recruiting events, job opportunities and more.
(U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. Courtesy of ICE and YouTube)
Who We Are
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.
To carry out our mission, ICE focuses on legal and safe immigration enforcement, terrorism prevention and combating transnational criminal threats.
ICE’s homeland security mission is carried out by a wide variety of law enforcement, intelligence and mission support professionals – all of whom contribute to the safety and security of our country.
Your Skills Can Fit in at ICE
In addition to core law enforcement occupations, there are also a wide range of professional and administration functions that support the ICE mission.
Career paths in management, information technology, law, mission support, public affairs and community outreach are available within the agency.
The presidential executive order Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, instructs ICE to hire 10,000 law enforcement positions in the coming years.
ICE’s current 20,000 employees focus on carrying out smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating transnational criminal threats.
In fiscal year 2017, ICE hired more than 1,300 new employees across all job series, and anticipates filling another approximately 100 vacancies before the end of this fiscal year.
(See an introduction to ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Courtesy of ICE and YouTube)
Prospective ICE employees can now find detailed information about ICE directorates, career tracks, job descriptions, employment requirements, application processes and employee benefits.
“The new careers section on ICE.gov is a valuable tool in our agency’s toolkit for attracting the best employees,” said Acting Director Thomas D. Homan.
“ICE is putting comprehensive and accurate information about our important mission and work out to the public. I expect that transparency will draw in serious and quality employees.”
Visitors may find the frequently asked questions (FAQs) web page the most helpful resources on the website.
The exhaustive list covers topics that include:
- General questions about ICE and the hiring surge
- Law enforcement positions
- Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
- Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
- Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA)
- Management and Administration (M&A); or
- Questions specific to students and veterans.
The website also has a link to sign up for the latest news and job vacancies to be sent to your inbox.
(See an introduction to Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Courtesy of ICE and YouTube)
Despite projected hiring increases, ICE will not lower its standards to achieve hiring goals.
ICE uses a competitive hiring process to carefully and systematically evaluate applicants based on experience, education, specified competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
ICE strives to hire a highly effective and diverse workforce.
All positions have certain minimum qualifications and requirements, including successful completion of a full background investigation. Law enforcement positions may also require medical and fitness examinations.
The enhanced careers section consists of multimedia components including video and photos to keep the viewer interested and features a streamlined format.
Links exist throughout the section to take applicants directly to USAJOBS to immediately apply for open positions.
(See an introduction to ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center (C3). Courtesy of ICE and YouTube)
DHS is an ideal organization for veterans
Service members who are unemployed or want to serve again should apply. DHS has special hiring authorities specifically for veterans.
One of the best examples is the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Corps program: “The HERO Corps is a program designed to allow wounded, ill or injured warriors the chance to continue serving their country on a new battlefield — in the fight against child predators.”
DHS is fully committed to hiring veterans as there are several programs incentivizing veterans to join DHS.
For more information on veteran employment authorities click here.