North Country
10:24 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Hiring Process At Federal Prison Getting Underway

The hiring for new jobs at the federal prison in Berlin should begin in the middle of December, says Mark Belanger, the manager of New Hampshire Employment Security.

That’s when the job openings will be posted on a government website (www.usajobs.gov), Belanger said during a meeting in Littleton Wednesday night about the kinds of jobs available at the prison and how to apply for them.

The prison is expected to have about 320 employees including about 200 new hires.

“The bulk of the occupations are correctional officers, they are looking for about 105 correctional officers,” said Belanger.

The pay for that position starts at $38,000 a year and tops out at $48,000, Belanger said. But that excludes additional pay for holidays and working Sunday.

“But they are also looking for every other thing you can imagine,” he said.

That includes jobs in healthcare, education, maintenance, supervising the food service and laundry and counseling.

There are also good benefits including healthcare and a pension, Belanger said.

Belanger is part of a group called the Northern New Hampshire Talent Team that includes the New Hampshire Employment Security, The Gorham Family Resource Center and the White Mountains Community College.  The team is providing free help with the application process.

Here’s a list of additional meetings planned: http://news.nhpr.org/post/more-sessions-federal-prison-job-seekers

To hear Belanger describe some of the hiring plan and more details about jobs click on the Listen tab.