New York City was one of the first bases of operation for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The office handled high profile cases like the Bureau’s first kidnapping (the Lindbergh baby), critical counterintelligence efforts during both world wars, and the 9/11 terrorist attack which hurled the New York office into the FBI’s most extensive investigation ever.
New York continues to be on the cutting edge of FBI investigations. Supporting more than 2,000 FBI jobs for special agents and support personnel, New York is the nation’s largest field office in terms of jobs. Its jurisdiction covers the five boroughs of New York City, eight state counties and five satellite offices – a territory that includes more than 13 million people.
How to Get a Job with the FBI in New York
FBI jobs in New York bring the challenge of fighting terrorism and crime to professionals interested in being part of a group of highly respected, superbly trained agents, analysts and specialists. Basic FBI job requirements include:
- Citizen of the U.S.
- Between 23 and 36 years of age
- Bachelor’s degree or better
- At least two years professional experience
New Yorkers who meet these requirements and wish to pursue an FBI career can write, call or visit the FBI office at 26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10278-0004, 212/384-4073. Visiting hours are between 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., M-F. Information is also available at the FBI JOBS website. The FBI is an equal opportunity employer that prides itself on being a “family-like” government agency with excellent benefits.
FBI Jobs and Responsibilities in New York
The New York field office is constantly involved in a myriad of complex, multi-faceted investigations. In addition to special agents, intelligence analysts and a wide variety of professionals, the office has numerous teams with specialized capabilities including:
- Evidence recovery/processing. Team members meticulously gather and process evidence at crime scenes. New York also boasts a 12-member Underwater Search & Evidence Response team that has taken part in such incidents as the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800 over the Atlantic after take-off from JFK Airport, the 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster, and the 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis.
- Global Crisis Response. A team of special agents is prepared to respond to large-scale investigations anywhere in the world.
- Computer Forensics. Team members retrieve and process evidence from all kinds of digital devices.
- Tactical Support & Crisis Response. New York has a 46-member highly trained and highly equipped SWAT team.
The office also has teams of specialists who handle crisis negotiations, bomb recovery/analysis, hazardous Materials and translations of dozens of foreign languages.
New York FBI Partnerships
The FBI in New York has entered into important partnerships with local, state, federal and international law enforcement and first responder groups, including the:
- New York Joint Terrorism Task Force
- New York Field Intelligence Group
- Health Care and Mortgage Fraud Task Forces
- Cyber Crime Task Force