U.S. Customs will hold an open house in Blaine on January
31 to recruit applicants for positions as customs inspectors
at Washington ports of entry.
Customs inspectors check people, vehicles, aircraft, baggage, cargo and vessels to make sure drugs, weapons or other contraband doesnt make it into the country. Since September 11, keeping tools of terrorism out has been the agencys highest priority.
Inspectors start at a salary of $23,600 to $29,200 after 11 weeks of training, but can earn up to $30,000 in additional overtime. Requirements for the job include qualifying to carry a firearm, wearing a uniform, random drug testing, overtime and shift work, in all kinds of weather.
The open house, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the Pacific Highway border station, is a warmup for a nationwide vacancy announcement due to hit the internet February 4. The agency will accept the first 7,000 applications, which will be available at www.customs.gov..