Still jobs available at the federal prison

BERLIN – There are still jobs to be filled at the federal prison and N.H. Employment Security is holding a job fair on Feb. 19 that will feature Bureau of Prison hiring officials.
The job fair is being held at the NHES office from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to allow people who have jobs but are interested in opportunities at the federal prison to attend without missing work.
NHES Berlin Manager Mark Belanger and Employer Services Representative Diana Nelson said the Bureau of Prison is still recruiting for approximately 100 positions. Many of the available positions are for correctional officers but there are other openings as well. The two said the bureau has been searching for some time for vocational instructors in carpentry and electrical training.
Bureau of Prison officials will be available to talk to potential applicants about the application process and required qualifications. Belanger said people who may not qualify for prison jobs now can learn how to prepare to get jobs there in the future.
The Bureau of Prison will not hire anyone over 37 years of age for the vast majority of jobs. Exceptions to the age limit are medical and clergy positions or for qualified veterans. For those who qualify, Belanger said the prison offers great career jobs with the ability to retire after 20 years with a law enforcement pension.
Positions at the federal prison are posted online at and can be searched by location. Belanger said job seekers should register so they can receive e-mails and text messages when new jobs get posted.
Nelson said there currently are no 'Road Map to a Job with the Federal Government' workshops scheduled but if there is a demand, one can be scheduled. The workshops focus on helping applicants navigate the computer-graded application process. She and Belanger said the workshops are invaluable in teaching applicants how to fill out the application to get through the computer grading. Applicants whose initial applications were rejected, can polish up their resumes and reapply.
"You have to tailor your resume to match the job description," Belanger said.
People interested in attending a workshop should call White Mountains Community College at 752-1113, Ex. 3062.
Belanger and Nelson, who both sit on the community relations board for the Berlin prison, said there are 195 staff people on-site at the prison and another 35 people hired but not on site yet. When fully staffed, there will be 341 employees at the prison.
The federal prison was activated to accept medium security inmates on Jan. 14 and it is expected to receive the first medium security inmates within a month or so. The prison is rated to hold 1,152 medium security inmates. There are about 70 minimum-security inmates on-site housed in a satellite camp that is designed to eventually hold 128 inmates.
The prison is scheduled to be in full operation this November.
Belanger also reported two job openings have come in for the Burgess BioPower plant – an operations manager and maintenance manger. He said all applications for those positions will be done on-line. The openings are posted on the N.H. Works/Job Match at www.nhgov/nhed. The biomass plant is expected to start operating this fall.