To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirement:
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 at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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
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:
- 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
General experience may have been gained in work such as:
- 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.
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
- 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
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
- 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.
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.**
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:
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. Candidates within the top quality category and 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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