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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