MINNEAPOLIS – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is launching recruitment efforts nationwide to fill over 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) positions by summer 2021. Locally, TSA is looking to fill full- and part-time positions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Starting pay is $17.75 per hour with opportunities for pay increases after six months.
“TSOs are a critical first line defense in securing our nation’s commercial air transportation system,” said Melanie Harvey, acting Executive Assistant Administrator for TSA’s Security Operations. “Each day, our officers screen hundreds of thousands of airline travelers ensuring they arrive at their destinations safely. We expect to screen a higher number of travelers regularly by the summer months and will need additional officers to support our critical mission.”
Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched national efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening operations at approximately 430 airports nationwide. Targeted recruitment, virtual job fairs, and opportunities in dozens of cities have already been announced for individuals seeking part-time and full-time opportunities.
“This is an opportunity for qualified individuals to start a rewarding career making a difference in your local community and while serving your country,” TSA’s Federal Security Director for Minnesota Martin Robinson said. “A career with TSA offers many benefits including 100% matching contributions to your 401(k) retirement savings up to the first 5% of your income; free federal transit benefits for the Metro transit rail or bus lines; uniform allowances; and strong medical, dental and vision benefit plans. TSA does not prorate benefits for part-time workers, and veteran’s preference is not required to join the agency.”
TSA officers who work early mornings, evenings and Sundays receive a shift differential, and overtime opportunities paid at time and a half are available frequently. Other benefits include paid training, annual and sick leave, health care plans for full- and part-time employees and a generous retirement plan. TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including women, military veterans and persons with disabilities.
TSA seeks those who want to take the initial step into a rewarding federal career and support TSA’s critical mission of protecting our nation’s transportation systems. For more information on the duties, of a TSO and to learn a little more about TSA’s mission, a video titled “Day in the Life of a TSO” is available.
Apply for local positions here (part-time) and here (full-time). The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 26. Interested individuals may also call Kristen Anetipa at (952) 229-3866 to learn more about starting a career with the federal government or for customized help in applying for positions throughout Minnesota.
TSA is also filling positions in Thief River Falls, Minn., and Bemidji, Minn. More opportunities may become available throughout the year; to keep updated on current opportunities in Minnesota and around the country, visit TSA.gov/TSO.