Clinical Psychologist

Job Series Number: 0180

Psychology Services at the BOP

Clinical Psychologists work closely with inmates in federal prisons. They participate as members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, administer a wide variety of psychological assessment techniques, interpret results, and prepare comprehensive reports.

We have a continuous need for Clinical Psychologists around the country.

Pay Levels GS-12, GS-13


Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) from an accredited school directly related to full professional work in psychology is required (i.e., Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology).

For consideration at the GS-12 level

For consideration at the GS-12 level and above, you must have 1 year of appropriate professional experience which is comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in Federal Service. Pertinent unpaid or volunteer work will be credited on the same basis as paid employment.

Candidates must also demonstrate they have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform their job as a Clinical Psychologist:

  1. knowledge of treatment methods and treatment interventions relevant to a correctional setting
  2. professional job-related experience, including conducting individual and group psychotherapy
  3. knowledge of psychological assessment and report writing
  4. knowledge of program administration

Age Requirement

At time of appointment, applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday, unless they have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special Civil Service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. In special situations, a waiver may be granted up to age 39 at locations where there is a shortage of applicants under 37.

We are hiring for this position at many locations across the country.

Normally when a vacancy is announced, it's for a job opening at a specific location. However, because this position is in high demand it's considered an "open-continuous" announcement. That means you get to choose your top two facilities that you want to work at. Here's how it works:

  • Apply for this position using the website as you would do with any other federal job.
    Clinical Psychologist Open-Continuous Announcement
  • Select any two locations that you want to work at.
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  • After your application is accepted, you will be added to a standing register of qualified candidates.
  • When a position becomes available at one of the facilities that you selected, you will be considered for that position, and if you are selected we will contact you with an offer.

It's that simple!

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Come and work for a one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference. Our family and career-oriented agency promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development.

We offer:

  • A supportive, safe, and secure environment with opportunity for growth and advancement.
  • A competitive federal government salary and benefits, including health care and retirement.
  • Potential for recruitment incentives.
  • Flexible work options.

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