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Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Recycling Factory Technician (Correctional) Recycling Factory Technician in Minersville, Pennsylvania


Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.


What are the Major Duties of this Position? The incumbent supervises daily over sight and assists with plans for many of the long-range operations of the recycling operation within the guidelines of the provisions and requirements of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and UNICOR. The incumbent makes decisions affecting a workload which is subject to frequent changes. Inmates disassemble materials into component parts for sorting, collection, and possible further formatting. Items such as terminals, CRTs, and keyboards are sorted, tested, and collected for reuse sale. Others are further disassembled and sorted into various components and parts, such as floppy disks and diskette readers, motherboards, computer cards, and batteries for resale or reuse. Various metal and plastic components are disassembled into various residual material types for sale as scrap plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous metal. Other post-consumer goods are collected and sorted. The production schedule, flow, and labor usage will be redirected to meet current sales needs. This requires interaction among work groups to move components to the appropriate sale prepping locations. The incumbent redirects resources to insure operations meets the changing schedule.

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.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is Required.

See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

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 eligibility, 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 score 85 or better on established ranking 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 Do I Qualify for this Position? To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements. Education As a general rule, education is not credible above GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position. OR 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 successfully perform the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled. Some examples of this qualifying experience are: GL-08: Experience which demonstrates knowledge of recycling principles, concepts and methods and performing a variety of duties involving coordination, monitoring, or oversight of recycling programs, projects or activities.

Experience in training others on various recycling methods and associated equipment.

Experience in operating a tractor trailer truck to retrieve and deliver items from a warehouse.

Experience in preparing reports regarding organizational operations, internal controls and purchasing. GL-09: Experience which demonstrates knowledge of recycling principles, concepts and methods and performing a variety of duties involving coordination, monitoring, oversight or evaluation of recycling programs, projects or activities.

Experience in developing and implementing processes to test, dissemble, and sell electronic and computer equipment for recycling.

Experience in supervising and training others on various recycling methods and associated equipment.

Experience in preparing reports regarding recycling management, operations, and budgeting and purchasing within an industrial setting. If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities. Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional Information

This position IS included in the bargaining unit.

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.

The representative rate for this position is $59,959 per annum ($28.73 per hour).

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation.

All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks.

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. The Core Value Assessment (CVA) is an in-person assessment that must be facilitated at a Bureau of Prisons Human Resource Servicing office. On the day of the scheduled interview, a CVA will be administered. The applicant assessment must be completed within a 70 minute time period and a passing score must be obtained. Further employment consideration will not be extended if the applicant fails to complete the examination or fails to achieve a passing score.

Note: The Core Value Assessment will not be administered to current BOP employees.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.

The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.

Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.