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The BOP is hiring continuously at its many facilities nationwide.

Positions such as Nurses, Correctional Officers and Secretaries are now open.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons consists of 119 institutions, 6 regional offices, a Central Office (Headquarters), 2 staff training centers, and 22 residential reentry management offices (previously known as community corrections offices). The regional offices and Central Office provide administrative oversight and support to Bureau facilities and residential reentry management offices. In turn the residential reentry management offices oversee residential reentry centers and home confinement programs. The Bureau is responsible for the custody and care of approximately 215,000 Federal offenders.

The Bureau is hiring steadily in many occupations. As of this writing the BOP has over 400 job openings. The Bureau is always accepting applications for the following positions:

• Budget Analyst
• Correctional Officer
• Electronics Technician
• Food Services Assistant
• Registered Nurse

Many Benefits
The BOP employs people in more than 200 job categories at over 100 facilities spread out across the country. As a Federal Agency it offers good benefits, competitive salaries, and a special retirement plan open only to those in law enforcement jobs.

Age Restrictions
In order to qualify, interested candidates must be United States citizens and be less than 37 years old at the time of appointment, unless they have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions. Age restrictions are generally observed quite strictly for most positions. However, a waiver may be granted up to age 39 for certain positions such as nurses, psychologists and some other positions for which there are severe shortages (such as medical doctors, physicians assistants and chaplains). Qualifications vary in the type of education and work experience needed. The application process also varies by position.

Widely Diverse Careers
These jobs open and close as vacancies develop. Candidates interested in any of these occupations should establish contact at the local BOP facilities where they wish to work so they can be in touch when openings occur.

Following is more detail on some of the most in-demand occupations.

Registered Nurse (GS-0610)
The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care services in accordance with legal, ethical and institution standards. Provides nursing care of a general nature to inmates in the institution hospital/clinic, and may be provided to patients in specific areas, e.g., psychiatric, operating room, orthopedics, geriatrics, etc.

Develops a nursing assessment for each patient, to include planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. May assess and identify high risk symptoms/behaviors in patients, to include suicidal risk, homicidal risk and risk for verbal and/or physical abuse. Completes nutritional screening as part of the assessment and refers patient to a dietitian for a nutritional assessment if necessary. Incumbent monitors, evaluates and revises the plan of care as needed. May also assess and document the discharge planning needs of a patient. Delegates and coordinates care based on assessments.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

Nurse Qualifications
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements.

Basic Requirements:
Education: A graduate or higher level degree, bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or diploma from an accredited professional nursing educational program is required. This education must have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirements. All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Budget Analyst (GS-0560)
Incumbent coordinates institution budget development with program managers using analytical comparisons to historical cost data and justifications for major deviations for the current year, budget year, and future year estimates for submission to the Regional Comptroller.

Qualifications
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:
Education
Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
NOTE: If are using education to qualify, you MUST provide legible transcripts to receive consideration. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
OR
Experience
Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
Experience in compiling and analyzing comprehensive and detailed salary provisions, providing expertise and making recommendations on fiscal matters.

Experience preparing fund distributions in accordance with budget committee decisions or the allocation of funds.

Experience conducting training sessions and meetings for program managers and assistants to teach budget concepts and principles and interpret printouts and management reports.

Correctional Officer (GS-0007)
Provides supervision, care and correctional treatment of inmates. Incumbent is concerned with maintenance of institution security contributing to the health and welfare of the inmates and the promotion of good public relations and enforces rules and regulations governing facility security, inmate accountability and inmate conduct to ensure judicial sanctions are carried out and inmates remain in custody. From time to time, may be authorized to carry firearms and to use physical force, including deadly force, to maintain control of inmates.

Qualifications
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Education:
GL-05: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

GL-06: Nine (9) semester hours or fourteen (14) quarter hours of graduate study, from an accredited school, in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Social Science, or another field of study related to the position such as law.

Electronics Technician (GS-0856)
The incumbent is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the physical security of the institution through installation, maintenance and repairs of an array of electronic systems inclusive, but not limited to, PBX telephone switch, trunked radio systems, fire alarm systems, perimeter detection systems, programmable logic controllers and CCTV/DVR systems. These systems are critical to the physical security of the institution in preserving the safety and well- being of staff and the inmate populace.

Maintains, develops modifications, and ensures the reliability of the institution's electronic security and communication systems. Provides technical support during the preparation of drawings and specifications for electronic and telecommunication equipment as required by B&F Projects, Work Orders, etc. Conducts inspections and performs preventive maintenance as required by policy.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

Qualifications
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Education:
GL-10 and GS-11: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience.
OR
Experience:
GL-10 and GS-11: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
GL-10:
Experience performing installation, maintenance, operation and testing duties on electronic equipment.

Experience reading, interpreting, and working from blueprints, drawings, schematics, and specifications.

Experience working with PBX phone switches, trunked radio systems, and electronic fences.

GS-11:
Experience as a technician, instructor, inspector, or mechanic (civilian or military) that showed progression in theoretical and practical knowledge of electronic theory, and of the characteristics, function, operation, and capabilities of a variety of types of electronic equipment.

Experience in the use of schematic diagrams, a variety of test equipment, and the application of appropriate electronic formulas involved in such duties as testing, troubleshooting, modifying, designing, calibrating, installing, maintaining, repairing, constructing, developing, and instructing on electronic equipment, or similar functions.

Experience maintaining custom electronic equipment which is continually being modified and adapted, i.e. calibrating, installing, troubleshooting and maintaining electronic equipment.

Experience in developing policies, standards, and procedures for maintenance, installation, or similar functions, provided the work clearly shows that the applicant applied a specialized knowledge of the theories and principles of a variety of electronic systems or equipment.

If applicable, credit will be given paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**

Food Services Assistant (GS-7408)
Handles routine inquiries from both staff and inmates, providing technical assistance and answering questions regarding the general nature of correctional programs. Screens telephone calls or personal contact with staff/inmates, utilizing own judgment in directing the caller to the most qualified staff member. Maintains subject matter files and records. Sets up and maintains logs showing the status of actions and correspondence. Ensures that files include all required documents and that all documents are properly signed. Using either a word processor or a conventional typewriter, types narrative and tabular material as described herein. Maintains Bureau of Prisons Program Statements, Operations Memoranda, administrative and regulatory requirements, correspondence files and records in the operation of the office. Responsible for the preparation of draft and/or final form of material such as, memoranda, letters, reports, requests, etc., as assigned. Performs a variety of administrative support duties, such as taking and transcribing meeting minutes, copying and filing and appropriate disposal of sensitive documents.

Qualifications
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Education:
GL-06 and GL-07: As a general rule, education is not creditable above GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position.

NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you MUST provide legible transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts must include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. (If you are selected for this position based upon your education, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.)

OR
Experience:
GL-06 and GL-07: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

More details about BOP hiring qualifications can be found on-line .

How to Apply
Candidates interested in any of these jobs may apply for immediate consideration via the BOP website.  •

Central Office
320 First Street, NW
Washington DC 20534
202-307-3198

Regional Offices
Mid Atlantic Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
302 Sentinel Drive
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
301-317-3100

North Central Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
400 State Avenue, Suite 800
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-621-3939

Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Custom House., 7th Flr
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-521-7301

South Central Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
972-730-8600

Southeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
3800 Camp CRK PK SW/BDG 2000
Atlanta, GA 30331
678-686-1200

Western Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
7338 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
209-956-9700