The Federal Bureau of Prisons is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Correctional Officers are the largest part of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) workforce. Correctional Officers enforce the regulations governing the operation of a correctional institution, serving as both a supervisor and counselor to inmates.
To qualify for a Correctional Officer at the GL-05 grade level: You must have successfully completed at least one of the following:
- A full four year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school
- Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree
- The equivalent of at least three years of full-time general experience performing duties such as providing assistance, guidance, and direction to individuals
- Counseling individuals
- Responding to emergency situations
- Supervising or managing
- Teaching or instructing individuals
- Selling products or services (persuasive commissioned sales)
- Or a combination of undergraduate education and general experience equivalent to three years of full-time experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Candidates must demonstrate they have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform their job as a Correctional Officer:
- Ability to supervise others
- Ability to communicate verbally
- Ability to communicate in writing
- Ability to react in crisis situations
- Interpersonal Skills
- Organizational Awareness
- Stress Tolerance
Examples of occupations where general experience may have been gained:
- Teacher or instructor
- Worker with juvenile delinquents
- Parole/probation worker
- Welfare/social worker
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Air Traffic Controller
- Supervisor or manager
- Persuasive salesperson in commissioned sales (automobile, insurance, etc.)
- Security guard
- Children’s day care facility worker
To qualify for a Correctional Officer at the GL-06 grade level: You must have successfully completed at least one of the following:
- Nine semester hours or 14 quarter hours of graduate study, from an accredited school, in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Social Science, or another field of study related to the position such as law
- The equivalent of at least one year of full-time specialized experience performing duties such as ensuring that individuals confined in a correctional or mental health facility adhere to rules and regulations, or responding to domestic disturbances, or apprehending and arresting individuals violating the law.
Examples of occupations where specialized experience may have been gained:
- Correctional Officer
- Detention Officer
- Police Officer
- Border Patrol Agent
- State Trooper
- Park Ranger
- Deputy Sheriff supervising inmates in a jail
- Mental health residential facility worker
Age Requirement: At time of appointment, applicant must not have reached their 37th birthday unless they previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement.
How to Apply:
You MUST apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov.
- PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SELECT FCI BERLIN AS YOUR FIRST PREFERENCE IN LOCATION.
Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents. 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.
NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE REFER TO THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT AT: WWW.USAJOBS.GOV
Starting Salaries for Correctional Officers with no prior
federal civilian service start at $21.44 per hour with automatic pay increases.
0-1 years $21.65/hr
1-2 years $22.83/hr
2-3 years $24.65/hr
•We have many facilities located throughout the nation: 122 institutions, 12 Contract Facilities including Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
•5 weeks of paid Training 3 weeks are all expenses paid including travel.
•Advancement Opportunities many of our upper level positions began as correctional officers and we are all Correctional Officers First.
•Federal Law Enforcement Retirement Retire at 50 with 20 years service or at any age with 25 years of service.
•Performance Bonuses Earn additional performance based awards based on yearly evaluation
•Additional Military benefits
•Active duty can count towards your retirement
•Still serving in the Guard or Reserves? 15 days paid time off each year for military training
•Earn vacation time at a higher rate and more quickly