The United States Customs and Border Protection held a job seminar Thursday at to inform future candidates about the hiring process for U.S. Border Patrol and CBP.
According to CBP officials, they are looking to hire about 2,000 agents.
The recruiting sessions were held at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Park University.
Along with hiring more agents, officials say they want to hire more women because they only make up for 5% of border patrol agents currently.
“Since when I was little, that was my dream, in the future I want to come into the Customs,” potential candidate Jenny Irigoyen said.
Officers say the training and requirements for men and women are exactly the same, and encourage women to not get discouraged.
“I think it’s always a challenge for agents just to recruit females when it comes to law enforcement because of the nature of the workload, the shifts,” Kari Davis, Border Patrol operations officer said.
Potential candidates say they are not intimidated by the men to women ratio, however they do notice the smaller numbers of female agents.
At the job seminar, several women showed up to listen in on the session.
CBP officials say border patrol agents can earn a base salary up to $85,000 within five years, not including overtime or incentives.
If you missed Thursday’s seminar, recruiters say you can show up to any recruiting office Monday through Friday.
The El Paso CBP Recruitment Offices is located at 3711 Mattox and you can call (915)-834-8843 or (915)-730-7500.
For veterans, there is a recruiting office at the Fort Bliss TAP Building 503, RM 228.