Despite global pandemic, FBI hiring in El Paso


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Despite major changes to the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the FBI is hiring and looking to recruit out of El Paso.

Special Agent Martha Terrazas with the FBI’s El Paso Division says the FBI has adapted to hiring in the current state of social distancing.

“Although the FBI has stopped in-person outreach and recruitment events, we are still very much hiring,” she said. 

Terrazas said the FBI has been conducting virtual meet-and-greets and other events to bolster interest in applying to work with the FBI. 

The FBI performs a multitude of duties to protect the country and uphold the U.S. Constitution and hires people from a range of backgrounds.

The FBI is looking to recruit to the following areas of expertise:

  • Special agents 
  • Intelligence analysts 
  • Surveillance 
  • Foreign languages 
  • STEM
  • Arts and communications 
  • Accounting and finance 
  • Business analysis and administration
  • Facilities and logistics 
  • Legal 
  • Police and security 

In order to be eligible to work with the FBI, applicants must not violate the Bureau’s employment disqualifiers and adhere to pre-employment drug policy. Applicants also undergo an extensive background check as well as a physical fitness exam.

Terrazas says the following will automatically disqualify a candidate for employment with the FBI:

  • Non-U.S. citizenship
  • Conviction of a felony
  • Violation of the FBI Employment Drug Policy
  • Default on student loans insured by the U.S. Government 
  • Failure of a urinalysis drug test 
  • Knowingly / willingly engaged in acts designed to overthrow or subvert the U.S. government by force 
  • Failure to pay court-ordered child support 
  • Failure to file federal, state, or local income tax returns 

The FBI’s drug policy says “A candidate will be found unsuitable for employment and automatically disqualified if he/she deliberately misrepresents his or her drug history in connection with his or her application for employment.”

Categories within the FBI’s drug policy include using marijuana, illegal drugs, and prescriptions or other legally-obtained substances. 

Job candidates cannot have used marijuana within three years prior to applying with the FBI, regardless of location and if cannabis is legal in their home state. 

Medical cannabis and CBD products are also prohibited. 

“Even if you go to get a massage and they offer to use CBD oil, don’t do it,” Terrazas said. 

The illegal drug policy stipulates that other than marijuana, candidates cannot have used illegal drugs — cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine — within the 10 years prior to applying. 

Additionally, candidates cannot have used anabolic steroids without a prescription from a licensed and practicing physician within ten years before applying for employment with the FBI.

To apply with the FBI, click here.  

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