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Thomson Prison job fair will open twice in this week

More than 100 correctional officer openings need to be filled

The Thomson prison is located north of Thomson along state Route 84 in Carroll County.
The Thomson prison is located north of Thomson along state Route 84 in Carroll County.

THOMSON – Those interested in applying for one of more than 100 correctional officer openings and other positions at Thomson federal prison are invited to attend a job fair and application workshop this week.

Job-seekers, who first must apply online at www.usajobs.gov, will be able to meet with professionals and get help with the application process at any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the AUSP Thomson Training Center at 1100 One Mile Road.

The prison has more than 100 correctional officer vacancies, as well as medical positions and a variety of other spots to fill, the federal Bureau of Prisons said in a news release Thursday.

Correctional officers who enter service by Sept. 30 and successfully complete a year will get a bonus of 10% of their starting salary of $41,868, a little more than $4,100.

Military veterans, for whom the hiring requirements are less stringent, also are encouraged to apply.

For example, correctional officer hopefuls must apply before their 37th birthday; that age restriction does not apply to veterans.

In October, the prison held a job fair at Sauk Valley Community College and at the time, officials said they planned to fill up to 300 slots, with 300 more to be filled by the end of this year. This round of hiring is part of that effort.

Some of those who applied for jobs then but did not hear back should reapply.

The state finished building the prison in 2001, but it sat empty for more than a decade because Illinois didn’t budget enough money to open it. In 2012, it was announced that the Bureau of Prisons would buy the facility for $165 million.

It now has about 450 inmates – 85 in its minimum security camp – and more than 200 employees. The goal is to have 800 to 900 inmates and 500 employees by the end of the year. When fully activated, it will house around 1,500 inmates.

Contact Thomson’s Human Resource Department at TOM/Recruitment@bop.gov or 815-259-1000 for more information.

Learn more about the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the requirements for the correctional officer job, and other job openings, at bop.gov.

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