Secret Service agents are responsible for protecting the president among other duties. If you've ever wondered about what it would be like to do that job, you now have the chance to learn. Our Iris St. Meran spoke with an agent about his career and the recruitment process that is underway.
UNITED STATES -- You will see them on guard at the White House. Secret Service agents have a big responsibility and much of their work also goes on behind the scenes.
"It's 50 percent criminal investigations into fraud and counterfeiting and then 50 percent of the time is protection of the president and certain other high level government entities," said Resident Agent in Charge Timothy Kirk.
The agency, established in 1865, is now looking for some fresh faces to work as agents, uniformed division officers and on the administrative and technical side. The requirements differ for each, but ideal candidates are U.S. Citizens between the ages of 22 and 37.
There's a high level security clearance as well as a thorough physical exam.
Kirk said, "We're looking for men and women in excellent physical condition. They have 20/60 eye site correctable to 20/20 both eyes. We're looking for men and women that can do strenuous physical exercise."
Beyond your physical condition and professional and educational experience, Kirk says there's one quality that every agent and aspiring agent must possess.
"Ultimately what we're looking for is an individual that exceeds the integrity of what is common to this society. Somebody who is not perfect, but they're definitely honest," Kirk said, "They tell the truth. They can make amends, can apologize when they're wrong, but don't have a criminal background."
There isn't a typical day, Kirk says and the hours can be long and you may also be away from your family. But he says he finds it rewarding to have this responsibility and the agency is looking for recruits who also feel the same.
Think you have what it takes? Log on to www.secretservice.gov/join for information on the positions, application and requirements.