Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Correctional Officer in Wagner, South Dakota

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • Wagner, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (15 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Indian Affairs provides services to 567 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indian and Alaska Natives. Indian Affairs offers an extensive range of programs such as social services, law enforcement and detention services, administration of tribal courts, natural resources management, economic development, implementation of land and water claim settlements, housing improvement, disaster relief, and the replacement and maintenance of schools, roads, and bridges.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

The Office of Justice Services (OJS) within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is searching for individuals to serve as Correctional Officers at the Yankton Agency located in Wagner, SD. Do you have experience or aspirations to work in the corrections field, which includes supervising, caring for, and transporting inmates in Indian country? If so, this job could be for you!

The individuals selected for this position will be working for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, District I, Division of Corrections located in Wagner, South Dakota.

SALARY INFORMATION: Starting salary is GL-03: $30,877, GL-04: $34,663, GL-05: $39,858; GL-06: $42,028; and GL-07: $45,371. First time hires to the Federal government start at the starting salary of the grade.

The full performance level of this position is GL-07. Note, promotions to the next grade levels are not guaranteed.

RESUMES: Candidates' resumes must show possession of the minimum qualifications requirements stated in this vacancy announcement.

This position is being advertised concurrently with DM-17-PQ1822914 (MP) using Merit Promotion procedures. Status applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement.

Who May Apply:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Indian Preference candidates (must submit a BIA Form 4432)

The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Transports and/or escorts inmates to and from various detainment facilities, as well as program and community services.
  • Collects, analyzes and disseminates inmate information and generates daily, monthly, quarterly and annual status reports on respective data.
  • Protects life, institutional data, personal and real property and facilities from harm and or unauthorized entities.
  • Counsels inmates regarding adjustments to institutional life, resolution of personal and behavioral problems, and acceptance of professional assistance in the rehabilitative process.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required 1 to 5 nights per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • Indian preference applies


Experience: Six months of general work experience.


Education: One year of post high school education at an accredited college or university.


A combination of experience and education that totals 100% of the requirement.


Experience: One year of general work experience.


Education: Two years of post high school education at an accredited college or university.


A combination of experience and education that totals 100% of the requirement.


Experience: Three years of general work experience.


Education: Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study (120 semester hours or 190 quarter hours) in any field to a bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university.


A combination of experience and education that totals 100% of the requirement.


Experience: One year of experience at the GL-5 grade level or equivalency assisting with the supervision and care of criminal offenders in the operations of a correctional and/or detention facility. This experience must have included working post shifts in at least two of the following areas: control room, booking, intake, and/or inmate transport.


Education: Successful completion of nine (9) semester hours or fourteen (14) quarter hours of graduate study, from an accredited college or university, in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Social Science, or another field of study related to theh position such as Law.


A combination of experience and education that totals 100% of the requirement.


One year experience at the GL-7 grade level or equivalency providing supervision and care to criminal offenders and guidance to lower level Correctional Officers in the operation of a correctional and/or detention facility that includes enforcing rules and regulations governing facility security, inmate accountability and inmate conduct; responsible for the transport and monitoring of inmates while moving from one location to another and ensuring that entry and exit documents are in order; and utilizing electronic information systems in the collection of inmate information and the production of reports.


Education: Successful completion of one full academic year (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) of graduate education with major study in Criminal Justice, Social Science, or other related fields related to the position.


A combination of experience and education that totals 100% of the requirement.

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT -The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian law enforcement experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in the loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS -The duties of this position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS -A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

*DRIVING RECORD REQUIREMENT - *Incumbent is required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DRUG TESTING -This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program.

PRIMARY LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT COVERAGE -This position has been approved for primary Law Enforcement coverage.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message. You may want to check the spam folder from your email provider to ensure you receive your messages.


In addition to the Federal benefits offered to all employees, we also offer:

  1. Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year, if applicable.
  2. Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $130 per month for mass transportation expenses.

This position is not eligible for Telework.


The Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities when appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process, please contact the Agency's Human Resources Office at 703-390-6380 or via email at Decisions to grant reasonable accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management.

Other Information


CTAP: Current Department of the Interior employees who have not yet been separated but are identified as surplus or displaced due to reduction-in-force, transfer of function, or directed reassignment to a new commuting area, may be eligible for priority selection for this vacancy under CTAP.

ICTAP: Competitive service employees from a Federal agency (either within or outside of Interior) who have been or are being involuntarily separated due to one of the reasons identified here may be eligible for priority consideration under ICTAP.

In order to receive priority consideration, you must submit proof of eligibility (Certificate of expected separation, proposed removal for failure to relocate, RIF Notice, SF-50 documenting your RIF or removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity determination, etc.) with your application package. In addition, you must be rated at 85 or above or placed into at least the "well qualified" category under category rating procedures. For complete information about CTAP and ICTAP, click here.


If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé.

  • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the documentation required by that form.
  • A disabled veteran must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) that indicates a honorable discharge.


Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.

For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please visit:

Salary Range: $30,877.00 to $57,381.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GL-0007-03/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453212600

Job Announcement Number: DM-17-PQ1822862 (DE)