SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- People looking for a job here in Maine are now exploring careers protecting its borders.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is looking to hire more than 1,500 workers as CBP officers. Officials say some of those jobs will be for crossings here in the state.
Many people attended an informational meeting the agency had on Thursday afternoon in Skowhegan. Keith Fleming is the port director for U.S. points of entry in Maine and southern New Hampshire. He says new officers are always needed at crossings in Jackman and Coburn Gore. Both spots see a lot of traffic into Maine but also a lot of turnover as workers there find jobs in other regions.
Fleming says after being hired into the agency all new candidates have to take five months of officer training.
"It takes a lot of hard work to make sure we're being vigilant and thorough on every inspection," he said, "and we talk to every person to make sure that they're not bringing anything that's going to harm anyone or they're not coming with intent to do harm to our country."
U.S. Customs will be hosting more recruitment opportunities. Another informational meeting will be held at the Carabassett Valley Public Library on Friday night.