The new federal prison in Berlin still has plenty of jobs to fill and there’s a chance next Tuesday to learn more about them.
NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
With 255 jobs at the new federal prison still available a job fair is planned next Tuesday in Berlin.
Officials from the Bureau of Prisons will be answering questions, says Diana Nelson, with New Hampshire Employment Security.
“We’ve had a lot of questions come up about what were the hours be, when will my days off be, is it shift work. These people will be able to answer those questions for them.”
After several delays the new federal prison in Berlin is getting closer to opening and hiring is underway.
NHPR’s Chris Jensen has an update.
The first prisoners – about 50 minimum security inmates - could arrive at the federal correctional institute in Berlin as early as the end of August, says Judith Nichols, the prison’s spokeswoman.
But that could be pushed back because there is still plenty of hiring to do.
“We are looking to fill 341 positions. We currently have 86 staff that have been hired.”
The Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin probably won’t get its first inmates for about a year but it has begun hiring, says Deborah Schult, the warden.
“Right now our major focus is staffing, staffing, staffing,” Schult said Friday night at the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in Gorham.
The prison had been empty while awaiting funding from Congress, which came late last year.
“Last year we had 16 of us on site. Now we have hired 32,” she said.
Josh St. Onge spent about three hours working on a resume to apply for one of the new jobs at the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin. Good thing he didn’t just turn it in.
“It was nothing close to what needed to be done,” said St. Onge after getting help from the Northern New Hampshire Talent Team.
The Talent Team is a coalition of North Country groups working to help people interested in jobs at the federal prison with the rigorous and complex job application.
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