Job Overview


About the Agency

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.

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 incumbent is responsible for the supervision and instruction of inmate workers in the construction, alteration, repair and modification of structures such as framework, rafters, doors, paneling, windows, interior and exterior trim, staircases, trusses and beams.

Incumbent is responsible for the training, custody and discipline of inmate workers assigned to the carpentry shop. The incumbent is familiar with the Bureau of Prisons’ policies regarding care and treatment of inmates and stays aware of any special problems concerning inmates under his supervision. He/she observes and consults with inmates, particularly with reference to assisting inmates with adjustment problems. He prepares inmate progress reports. The Carpenter Supervisor provides guidance, explanation and interpretations of rules and regulations. The incumbent is responsible for adhering to safety procedures for hazardous material handling, OSHA requirements, and environmental issues. He/she insures inmates comply with Institution and OSHA Safety Regulations through example and lectures.

The incumbent will be responsible for the ordering and purchasing of all material/equipment needed to perform assigned projects. The majority of the purchases will be done with the use of a government credit card. The incumbent will be required to reconcile credit card statements each month. The incumbent will be knowledgeable in the Facilities Department database Computerized Maintenance and Management Software (CMMS) and be able to input and retrieve pertinent maintenance data.

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.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training.

Relocation Authorized

  • No