Job Title: Correctional Officer Job Announcement Number: BOP-N-0007-002-2012
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Hiring Organization: Federal Bureau of Prisons
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Friday, March 02, 2012 to
Saturday, March 02, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
MANY vacancies -
WHO MAY APPLY:
Area of Consideration:
THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.
A 17% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at USP Atwater, FCI Herlong and FCI Mendota who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses.
A 15% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at FCI Dublin and FCC Victorville who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses.
Upon completion of recruitment service agreement, retention incentives may be initiated.
Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?
Do your Career Justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 35,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee?s day-to-day performance makes a difference.
Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?
Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for initial BOP appointment.
In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution. If you are above the maximum entry age and have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage.
- U. S. Citizenship is Required.
- See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
- Males born afer 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the
- Selective Service. Click Here
DUTIES:Back to top
What are the Major Duties of this Position?
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.
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.
During institution emergencies or other periods of heavy workload or limited staff, may be required to work long and irregular hours, unusual shifts, Sundays, holidays and unexpected overtime. Information as to operations and procedures is provided by post orders, BOP program statements, local supplements, custodial manual, internal correspondence and staff meetings. Incumbent must be flexible and have a broad knowledge base to use own initiative in the resolution of problem situations.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
How Do I Qualify for this Position?
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following
FOR 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.
FOR 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.
NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, transcripts
MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Warded (if applicable). The
education MUST be from an institution accredited by an
accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please
see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department
of Education website:
Recognition of Foreign
FOR GL-05: At least 3 years of full-time general
experience, one of which is equivalent to the GL-4 grade level, or one year of specialized experience. This experience must have demonstrated the aptitude for acquiring the qualifications required for correctional work, and, in addition, demonstrate the possession of personal attributes important to the effectiveness of correctional officers, such as:
- Ability to meet and deal with people of differing backgrounds and behavioral patterns
- Ability to be persuasive in selling and influencing ideas
- Ability to lead, supervise, and instruct others
- Sympathetic attitude towards the welfare of others
- Ability to reason soundly and to think out practical solutions to problems
- Ability to make decisions and act quickly, particularly under stress
- Poise and self-confidence, and ability to remain calm during emergency situations
Examples of occupations where general experience may have been gained:
General experience may have been gained in work such as:
- Teacher or instructor
- Worker with juvenile delinquents
- Parole/probation worker
- Welfare social worker
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Air traffic controller
- Supervisor or Manager
- Persuasive sales person in commissioned sales (e.g. automobile, insurance, etc.)
- Security guard
- Children's day care facility worker
FOR GL-06: You must have at least one year of specialized
experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next
lower grade level in federal service. This experience must have
equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications and
abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position,
performing duties, such as, ensuring individuals confined in a
correctional or mental health facility adhere to the rules and
regulations; responding to domestic disturbances; or apprehending
and arresting individuals violating the law.
Examples of occupations where specialized experience may have
- Social case work in a welfare agency or counseling in other types of organizations.
- Classroom teaching or instructing.
- Responsible rehabilitation work, e.g., in an alcoholic rehabilitation program.
- Supervising planned recreational activities or active participation in community action programs.
- Management or supervisory work in a business or other organization that included directing the work flow and/or direct supervision of others.
- Sales work, other than taking and filing orders as in over the-counter sales.
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
- Correctional Officer
- Detention Officer
- Police Officer
- Border Patrol Agent
- State Trooper
- Park Ranger
- Deputy Sheriff supervising inmates in a jail
- Mental Health Residential Facility Worker
The Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons has established the
following medical requirements for Correctional Officer
The duties of these positions involve unusual mental and nervous
pressure, and require arduous physical exertion involving
prolonged walking and standing, restraining of prisoners in
emergencies, and participating in escape hunts. Applicants must
be physically capable of performing efficiently the duties of
these positions, and be free from such defects or disease as may
constitute employment hazards to themselves or others. The duties
of a Correctional Officer are arduous; and sound health as well
as physical fitness is required.
Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive
proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of
hours worked per week) spent in activities.
**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**
- Providing supervision, care and correctional treatment of
inmates and guidance to lower-graded Correctional Officers.
- Supervising inmates in living quarters and instructing them
in proper housekeeping and sanitation.
- Enforcing rules and regulations governing facility security, inmate accountability and inmate conduct to ensure judicial sanctions are carried out and inmates remain in custody.
- Exercising sound judgment in making instantaneous decisions
affecting life, well-being, civil liberties and property which cannot be reviewed prior to implementation and which may subject the decision-maker to legal liabilities, including personal sanctions.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Best Qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming during the application process. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.
In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category (i.e. Best Qualified).
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BENEFITS:Back to top
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.
For benefits information, please see Benefits Information for Prospective Employees.
The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.
LENGTH OF ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants will remain on the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Special Conditions of Employment Section:
Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.
Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.
This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.
All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
How do I Apply for this Position?
Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents.
NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. Required supporting documentation MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS. Documentation submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail will NOT be accepted. Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact BOP-HIRES at the telephone number listed below, for the alternate application procedure. Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line: DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons Consolidated Staffing Unit 346 Marine Forces Drive Grand Prairie, TX 75051 E-Mail: GRA-HRM/BOP-HIRES@bop.gov Phone: 972-352-4200.
All required documents MUST be uploaded to your application at the time you apply under the vacancy documents section."
Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.
- Veterans' Preference Documentation: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time, Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must be provided. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST upload a completed signed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Documentation to support a disability must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage of disability rating.
- Official Statement of service from your command, if currently on active duty.
- Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
- Resume: In order to receive credit, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format will result in disqualification.
- A college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).
- SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Applicants will be notified via e-mail after each step of the application process has been completed to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS, once their name has been reached on the register. An applicant's relative standing on the register will constantly vary due to additions and suspensions from the Register. Applications will remain in the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may contact the geographic location(s) selected to inquire about current or anticipated vacancies. Contact numbers for geographic location(s) can be found at www.bop.gov.
The Bureau of Prisons cannot be held responsible for incompatible software and applicant application errors, etc.
Inquiry of Availability Forms (OF-5):
A referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration. The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish. The selecting official expects to make a final job offer within 80 days.
Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles will receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form) via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office by clicking "Submit" at the bottom of the form. Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Office during normal business hours to schedule an interview. Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Office will result in a loss of consideration for the position.