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.


This position functions as a Practical Nurse, under the supervision and guidance of a Registered Nurse. The Practical Nurse participates in the multi-disciplinary process of providing care and treatment to patients and provide clinical support and technical assistance to the professional medical and consulting staff. A Practical Nurse is responsible for functioning within the scope of practice dictated by the authority of the Nurse Practice Act and the Bureau of Prisons. Maintaining a current LPN license is a requirement for this position.

Work is assigned to rotating shifts and patient care units as needed to provide nursing care for medical/surgical and psychiatric patients. These flexible work hours include day, evening and morning shifts, holidays and weekends. Subject to emergency call.

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