Job Series Number: 0060

BOP Chaplain
Chaplaincy at the BOP

Chaplains administer, supervise, and perform work involved in a program of spiritual welfare and religious guidance for inmates in a correctional setting. All Chaplain vacancies are full time positions.

If you are an experienced, credentialed minister with an ecumenical spirit, there is a special community that needs you. The Federal Bureau of Prisons can provide you with an opportunity to do challenging, spiritually satisfying work.

Basic Requirements

  • Ordination or membership in an ecclesiastically recognized religious institute of vowed men or women
  • Current ecclesiastical endorsement by the recognized endorsing body of the faith tradition
  • Willingness to provide and coordinate programs for inmates of all faiths
  • Necessary credentials and the ability to provide worship services in his/her faith tradition


  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A Master of Divinity degree or the equivalent education from an American Theological School (ATS) accredited residential seminary or school of theology:
    • 20 graduate hours of theology
    • 20 graduate hours of sacred writings
    • 20 graduate hours of church history or comparative religions AND
    • 20 graduate hours of ministry courses


At least 2 years of autonomous experience as a religious/spiritual leader in a parish or specialized ministry setting

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.
  • 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!

Please consider the following locations that have immediate vacancies:

Do your career justice

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.

Learn what has motivated more than 37,000 people to join the BOP

This position has non-standard application procedures.

You can find out how to apply to a specific opportunity by reviewing the "Qualifications" tab.