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 35,000 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.
Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?
Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.
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.
U.S. Citizenship is Required.
See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the
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Incumbent is required to have professional, scientific and technical training/experience equivalent to the requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Managements qualification standards for this occupational series. The Medical Technologist is expected to perform as a "generalist" and function in all sections of the clinical laboratory.
Section and shift rotation is accomplished on a regular basis. Incumbent has a thorough knowledge of all disciplines and sub-disciplines of the clinical laboratory to include specimen collection, hematology, coagulation, immunohematology, serology, chemistry, microbiology, immunoassay, histology, and urinalysis.
The nature of the work demands an advanced thorough knowledge of clinical laboratory sciences as they relate to the performance of laboratory analysis on human blood, tissues, and body fluids.
A specialized knowledge of clinical correlation which relates laboratory test data to human physiology, a broad knowledge of laboratory testing methodologies, laboratory equipment/ instrumentation maintenance, and quality assurance procedures is required.
Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs’ correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:
Selective Placement Factors:
Applicants applying for this position MUST possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.
Applicants must be certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), National Credentialing Agency (NCA) and/or American Medical Technologist (AMT).
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit a copy of their proof of certification for verification. This documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
In addition to the Selective Placement Factor, applicants MUST must possess the following requirements:
A. Degree: medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least:
16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology.
(NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunbiology in the course title, the requirement for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following topic areas:
(1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies;
(2) host-antigen interactions;
(3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and
(4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.
The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience: ”
16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry courses must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;"
3 semester hours of college mathematics.
B. A full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program, or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.
C. A combination of; (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.
NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you MUST provide transcripts to receive consideration. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications at the U.S. Department of Education website:
Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
Evaluation of Education and Experience:
The four major areas of clinical laboratory science are microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and blood banking.
Experience or graduate education must have been in (1) the general field of medical technology (2) one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology, or (3) a field directly related and applicable to medical technology or the position to be filled.
Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
Experience: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
Experience in aspects of clinical laboratory sciences as they relate to the performance of laboratory analysis on human blood, tissues, and body fluids.
Experience in conducting quality control procedures on equipment, reagents and products by implementing instrument, reagent, and product check systems.
Experience in consulting with physicians and other medical staff on a daily basis regarding patient laboratory result status.
Experience in performing external proficiency testing programs to maintain accreditation of the laboratory.
Combination of Education & Experience: Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.
Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.
**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) . The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Best Qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.
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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees:
The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.
Special Conditions of Employment Section:
Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.
All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.
Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.
This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.
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