Job Overview


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 38,000 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 this position.

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.

Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum age of 37.  Please refer to the Required Documents Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate veteran eligibility.


Incumbent plans and provides a completely integrated pharmacy program and coordinates these programs with all other departments within the institution. This includes the provision of pharmacy services which may include inpatient, outpatient, parenteral preparations, and logistical solutions to satellite facilities including detention centers, camps, WitSec units, administrative detention, disciplinary segregation, etc.
Incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the medication delivery system and assures that the integrity of all medications is maintained and is properly stored. Determines that all medications are properly packaged and labeled. Profiles all medication orders and assures that there are no contraindications. The pharmacist is the only independent practitioner who is specifically licensed and authorized to dispense medications.
Dispenses pharmaceuticals in accordance with proper procedures. Dispensing involves reviewing for drug/drug interactions, drug/disease interactions, drug/food interactions, therapeutic duplications, over-use, under-use, allergies, therapeutic appropriateness, appropriate dose, route, duration of therapy, review for adverse drug reactions, ensuring proper laboratory monitoring, review for appropriate clinical outcomes, providing the final check of the prescription to ensure that it contains the correct drug and the label contains the correct directions and patient pursuant to the prescription, and that proper cautionary statements are included on the vial. Interpreting prescriptions and dispensing prescribed products requires accuracy in dosage and identification of therapeutic incompatibilities. Failure to perform these duties at the highest level may lead to serious injury or death to the patient. May be required to dispense medications not commercially available such as sterile ophthalmic products, capsules and chemotherapy.
Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and is performed on a regular and recurring basis.