For those looking to serve their country and their area close to home at the same time, the Canada Border Services Agency is looking for you.

Members have held various recruitment sessions in centers around the southern portion of Saskatchewan, including Estevan on Tuesday, searching for interested individuals and providing information.

"This is part of our ongoing hiring efforts that we've undertaken, and now we've expanded that to target locals who want to stay in local jobs," explained Communications Officer Luke Reimer.

This means that small town Saskatchewan residents would be able to stay planted while working at border crossings. Some of the communities the CBSA is hiring for include Carivale, Climax, Coronach, Monchy, Northgate, Oungre, Regway, Torquay, West Poplar River and Willow Creek.

"We have people coming in and out of the organization all the time, just like any other. In this case as well, we have people retiring, the baby boomer generation retiring and so we're always looking qualified individuals who are passionate about serving and protecting Canadians."

However, getting installed in that important booth at the line isn't as easy as walking up and jumping in. The process of becoming a CBSA officer requires some education commitments.

"The basic requirements are to ensure that you have proof of completion of secondary school, possession of a valid drivers license, and completion of the non-restricted and restricted firearms courses. The process creating a profile online and applying, that will include later on an interview, security screening, a medical exam, and a physical abilities evaluation. As far as training, there's 50 hours of online training, and then candidates will attend an 18 week program in the CBSA college in Quebec. You'll also learn where you'll work, and ultimately you'll come back to your port in Saskatchewan and spend the next 12-18 months of development at work, on the job, working on Canada's frontline," Reimer said.

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