Is the Federal Bureau of Prisons right for you? The information presented on this website should help you decide, and we encourage all potential applicants to browse our site to learn more about the BOP and available career opportunities.
Applicants for Correctional Officer, Clinical Psychologist, Dental Officer, Medical Officer, Nurse Practitioner Physician Assistant, and Registered Nurse can click on the job title above for more information on each and apply online at USAJOBS. These positions are open continuously and you can apply at any time. Follow the on-screen instructions to register with USAJOBS. After you register, you will be able to view vacancies and apply online.
Applicants for all other BOP job opportunities, i.e., Information Technology, Administrative, and all other positions not listed above, must use the USAJOBS website to search for current vacancies within the Bureau of Prisons. The search can be limited by location, series, and/or job title. Please note, you may also find some vacancy announcements for continuously open positions listed on USAJOBS.
Read the Bureau of Prisons' Eligibility & Pre-Employment Statements.
Read through the Bureau's General Information section for more information on qualifications and careers in the BOP.
Once you have found a job opportunity that interests you using STEP 1, you will need more information on the specific opportunity and appropriate application forms. Use USAJOBS to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement. Most of the questions you have will be answered as you read through the announcement. You can obtain forms on the OPM website at www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp.
Check our Career FAQs for additional information and obtain a copy of the OPM publication "Applying for a Federal Job" (OF-510).
Use USAJOBS to apply online for the BOP's open continuous positions listed in Step 1.
All other jobs, unless an online application is specified, require that applicants submit a written application form. Applicants may submit a resume or the Optional Application Form for Federal Employment, OF-612, which can be downloaded in Word or PDF (Adobe) format at http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp. We also have the OF-612 in WordPerfect9 format.
Whatever application method is required, it is essential you follow the instructions
for applying that are given in the vacancy announcement and that your application contains the following: