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.


The Social Worker has the full professional responsibility for managing his/her case load. The incumbent works with a wide range of offenders/patients, all ages, some acutely psychotic, some very assaultive, and some terminally ill. The social worker must have patience, maturity, and professional understanding of all Bureau of Prisons policy, local policy, and federal statutes relating to the function of the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Parole Commission. When necessary, the Social Worker is required to testify on behalf of the facility and the Bureau of Prisons regarding handling of inmates and medical/mental health treatment.
The Social Worker is responsible for all community planning which may involve community treatment placement, state hospital placement, medical hospital placement, or other aftercare situations. The Social Worker works closely with a wide variety of individuals and agencies such as attorneys, Federal Probation Officers, physicians/hospital personnel, Department of Mental Health and/or correctional offices, social workers, Public Health Officers, nursing home directors, and Veteran’s Administration officials, along with other Bureau of Prisons’ staff.
Required to meet regularly with inmates and institutional staff to resolve complaints and address issues of mutual concern. Written and telephonic communication is often required with Bureau of Prisons personnel, other agencies and the general public. Initiate contacts with patients admitted for various studies explaining the availability of social services. Participate as an Interdisciplinary Team member including service as liaison between patient and community services, involvement in daily rounds, conferences and other meetings pertinent to patient evaluation and treatment, so that optimal care and post hospital placement is facilitated. Provide family therapy, individual counseling and group therapy with other treatment staff. Provide group psychotherapy to patients assigned to discharge group.
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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required