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 but have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage. Chaplains provide seven days a week, evenings, and weekend coverage to meet inmate religious needs.
All chaplains will work a minimum of two evenings per week. Time spent on pastoral duties, supervision of inmate groups and administrative functions is equitably shared among all staff chaplains. Chaplains will work on their weekly day of religious observance and will regularly lead the religious service scheduled for that day. Chaplains will also be required to regularly work on the seasonal holy days of their faith tradition.
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.


Provides a full pastoral ministry to inmates of all faith groups which includes opportunities for their public and private worship on Sundays and other such holy days as are appropriate within each faith group. Visitations are conducted throughout the institution and individual/group counseling is provided to those inmates in need of personal counseling, crisis intervention, etc. The counseling includes inmates referred for individual and/or group pastoral care by their unit team.
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 are performed on a regular and recurring basis.