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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 of this position functions as a Specialty Treatment Program Specialist within a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) federal correctional facility. His/her primary responsibilities are to deliver services to inmates in an effort to help them overcome psychological problems. The specialist may provide direct services from a unit-based residential treatment program within the facility, which houses and serves offenders.
The incumbent performs duties consistent with the treatment of the identified target population for the specialty program. The target population(s) for each of the specialty programs is noted below:
Challenge Program: high security inmates with antisocial attitudes and behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness.
The incumbent provides group and individual counseling to inmates with the psychological problems targeted by the specialty program.
The incumbent identifies deficiencies and excesses in inmates’ patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior and recommends or devises steps to remediate them. Advises the Specialty Program Coordinator on issues of program content, selection and expulsion of inmates, scheduling of groups, training opportunities, purchase of equipment, materials, and supplies, and other issues relevant to the overall operation of the program.
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.