Correctional Officer

Bureau of Prisons - FCI Mendota

About the organization

Discover what life is like working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons where you can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. We value unique and talented individuals that reflect the communities we serve. In our agency, you’ll find a diverse workforce em-ployed from entry level to senior management positions.

We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences in facilities that are safe, humane, cost efficient, appropriately secure, and provide reentry programing to ensure their successful return to the community.

Our long-standing culture of being a close-knit family sets us apart from other agencies. At the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), you don’t just get to know your co-workers, you make life long friends. We have many facilities located throughout the nation.

For questions or other vacancies please email MEN/[email protected]


Provides supervision, care and correctional treatment of inmates. Incumbent is concerned with maintenance of institution security contributing to the health and welfare of the inmates and the promotion of good public relations.

Enforces rules and regulations governing facility security, inmate accountability and inmate conduct to ensure judicial sanctions are carried out and inmates remain in custody. From time to time, may be authorized to carry firearms and to use physical force, including deadly force, to maintain control of inmates.

During institution emergencies or other periods of heavy workload or limited staff, may be required to work long and irregular hours, unusual shifts, Sundays, holidays and unexpected overtime. Information as to operations and procedures is provided by post orders, BOP program statements, local supplements, custodial manual, internal correspondence and staff meetings. Incumbent must be flexible and have a broad knowledge base to use own initiative in the resolution of problem situations.


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

GL-05: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
GL-06: Nine (9) semester hours or fourteen (14) quarter hours of graduate study, from an accredited school, in criminal justice, social science, or other field related to the position.
GL-05: At least 3 years of full-time general experience, one year of which was equivalent to the GL-04 grade level, or one year of specialized experience. This experience must have demonstrated the aptitude for acquiring the qualifications required for correctional work, and, in addition, demonstrate the possession of personal attributes important to the effectiveness of correctional officers.
GL-06: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, performing duties, such as, ensuring individuals confined in a correctional or mental health facility adhere to the rules and regulations; responding to domestic disturbances; or apprehending and arresting individuals violating the law.


$43,065 to $61,987 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: MEN/[email protected]

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