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Working for ICE

As a member of the ICE team, your experience, skills and leadership will be applied to financial and trade investigations; cyber crimes; project analyses and management; litigating removal cases in immigration court; working with foreign authorities; intelligence gathering; investigations into arms and strategic technology violations; human trafficking and child exploitation. You’ll provide security for federal buildings, perform crowd control and surveillance, and work with other federal state and local authorities. Or, you may perform enforcement duties that include the apprehension, processing, detention and deportation of illegal or criminal aliens. Finally, you may work in any one of our technical, professional, administrative, or management occupations directly supporting our law enforcement mission.

Organizationally, ICE has four operational divisions, each containing a number of law enforcement, intelligence or mission support positions:

How We Recruit and Hire

ICE recruits two ways: 1) Criminal Investigators (Special Agents) are recruited by Special Agent recruiters with each of ICE’s Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Office. 2) All other ICE positions are listed on USA Jobs, the main government jobs site.

ICE uses a competitive hiring process to carefully and systematically evaluate applicants based on experience, education, and on specified knowledge, skills and abilities. All positions have certain minimum qualifications and requirements.

If you are interested in a specific position and believe you meet the requirements, follow the instructions on the announcement and apply for the job using the online system. Basic requirements include possessing U.S. citizenship and successful completion of a full background investigation. Some positions require a written test and a physical. Applicants may be required to submit to a drug test.

ICE Occupations

ICE is comprised of a combination of both uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement occupations, as well as a large number of administrative, technical, management, and mission support positions. As vacancies occur, with the exception of Criminal Investigators, they are advertised on USA Jobs, complete with position description, duties, requirements, and application procedures. *Typical positions, including mission critical positions, are listed below:

Job SeriesJob Title
GS-0132Intelligence Research Specialist
GS-0132Intelligence Operations Specialist
GS-0301Program Specialist/Staff Assistant
GS-0341Management Program Analyst
GS-0341Administrative Officer
GS-0343Program Analyst
GS-1801 Immigration Enforcement Agent
GS-1801Technical Enforcement/Intelligence Officer
GS-1811Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

*This is only a small sampling of ICE positions within the hundreds filled by ICE’s more than 15,000 employees.

Faces of ICE

Want to know what it’s like to work for ICE? These are just a few of the dedicated employees who work in this diverse, challenging and rewarding environment:

Conrad Agagan, Detention and Deportation Officer with the Detention and Removal Office

Antoinetta Steely, Inspector in Charge of the Explosive Detection Dog Unit with Federal Protective Service

Karen Ratke, National Program Manager with the Office of Investigations

Brian Orsi, Senior Special Agent with the Office of Intelligence

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